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photoblog image GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 3/7

GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 3/7

I went to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough on the first day of the "Golden Oldies" gala at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.  This week I have featured some of the very old locomotives on duty while I was there.  I have, at last, been playing about with RAW and all of this series utilises RAW, CS3 and Topaz.

Now to the locomotive I really went down to Loughborough to see, the Beattie Well Tank.  As you can see it is quite small and various comments were made among even the menfolk that it is a "cute" little engine.

This 2-4-0 locomotive was part of a large class of engines built by Beyer Peacock and Co.works at Gorton, Manchester. Years later the same works would produce the GCR 04. In all, eighty-five were built for the London and South Western Railway, designed by Joseph Beattie working stopping suburban services out of Waterloo. Number 314 (later to become BR number 30585) was completed in 1814. Later the Well tanks would find service on branch lines and backwaters. Two were sent to a line in Cornwall where very tight curves prevailed. They were finally withdrawn in 1962 when replacement locomotives which could work the branch were found. Both have survived into preservation and 30585 is thought to have covered more than a million miles in service in 80 years. It has been extensively rebuilt from original condition.

I can't find a video of 30585 in action but here is the sister engine 30587 just so you can see one of these delightful engines in action.

">well tank

GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 3/7

I went to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough on the first day of the "Golden Oldies" gala at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.  This week I have featured some of the very old locomotives on duty while I was there.  I have, at last, been playing about with RAW and all of this series utilises RAW, CS3 and Topaz.

Now to the locomotive I really went down to Loughborough to see, the Beattie Well Tank.  As you can see it is quite small and various comments were made among even the menfolk that it is a "cute" little engine.

This 2-4-0 locomotive was part of a large class of engines built by Beyer Peacock and Co.works at Gorton, Manchester. Years later the same works would produce the GCR 04. In all, eighty-five were built for the London and South Western Railway, designed by Joseph Beattie working stopping suburban services out of Waterloo. Number 314 (later to become BR number 30585) was completed in 1814. Later the Well tanks would find service on branch lines and backwaters. Two were sent to a line in Cornwall where very tight curves prevailed. They were finally withdrawn in 1962 when replacement locomotives which could work the branch were found. Both have survived into preservation and 30585 is thought to have covered more than a million miles in service in 80 years. It has been extensively rebuilt from original condition.

I can't find a video of 30585 in action but here is the sister engine 30587 just so you can see one of these delightful engines in action.

">well tank

comments (18)

looks like they need to give a bit of care to the water tower, good image
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek, yes I agree about the water tower.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 11 Aug 2010, 01:27
Afraid I am not familiar with RAW, CS3, and Topaz, but I know whatever you are doing, it produced a great series!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Jennie, I'm not normally a technical type person but a few comments this week have referred to the style of presentation hence the details.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Aug 2010, 02:35
Another beauty.

There is a sprinkling of small locos like this one in Thailand, Brian, but I believe they were made by Kraus around 1890-1905...perhaps they were copies of this gorgeous little machine.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray. I'm glad you think it is gorgeous, it was funny to see a bunch of elderly men saying affectionate words about such a delightful little engine.
  • Aussie
  • rocky
  • 11 Aug 2010, 05:28
The water tower also looks like a golden oldie
Brian Walbey: If it is the original water tower it will have been there over 100 years Aussie.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Aug 2010, 06:44
These video clips tickle me to no end, Brian. They show how deeply involved people get into these treasures of the recent/distant past. No wonder great care is taken to preserve them. I love that YOU are really into them. smile
Brian Walbey: Well railways started in the U.K.Ginnie and I suspect it has got into the bloodstream of some of us men, my late Dad was also an enthusiast, I would love to be able to take him to see some of the railways I have been to over recent years, he would have been in his element.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Aug 2010, 07:12
Totally blown away by the water tank
Brian Walbey: It might well have been there for 100+ years if it is the original Tony.
Your efforts are producing some lovely crisp pictures Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. I am using at least a touch of Topaz in most of my images these days. The "Photo Pop" presest, with adjustments, just lifts the colours slightly to a level I like.
Good series Brian of some fascinating engines. That water tank looks almost ready to spring a leak.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila. They have another water tower they actually use for watering the engines.
This really is a wonderful series, Brian. Not only have the images been top class, but your enthusiasm for the subject really shines through, too. I love the knarly old water tank in this one. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Rosalyn. The old water tower has been there for years I believe.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Aug 2010, 08:16
Isn't it a fine thing that two of these were preserved Brian
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more Chris.
Superbly captured with the water tower Brian!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Richard.
You know so much about these machines, really interesting, and certainly well illustrated!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Marion. I have always been a railway fan, just like my Dad, I hope that doesn't make me a sad character, I am definitely not an anorak!
I drove past the steam fair at Kemble the other day. There looked to be some fascinating exhibits. I also drove past a steam car on the road. It whistled like a kettle.
Brian Walbey: What a shame you perhaps didn't have time to opo in for a look round Chad. I like seeing steam vehicles on the road, as long as they are going the other way grin
The water tank is not seen too much these days Brian..and if we do see one..then we know that steam trains still run on that track..Nicely pictured.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron, there is another water tower further down the yard that they normally use.
Glad to see she is in good working order. She has certainly done some miles in her time. Nice composition with the water tank included brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, this was the engine I wanted to see, and you might like to know that it spent its life in Cornwall hauling china clay wagons and is now based at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
Nice shot of steam, water and a fine sky, as if all the elements connect.
Brian Walbey: I think that sums it up nicely, thanks John.
I like how you have included the water tower Brian, very nice processing smile
Brian Walbey: Usually they pull the engines past the tower but this was a short train so, thankfully, they done this.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Aug 2010, 13:54
Ah.. now I see the man and toolbox in context. What a lovely water tank; each railway had their own style.
Brian Walbey: They did indeed have different styles Alan. I was waiting for someone to pick up on the man and toolbox from the other day.

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