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photoblog image GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 5/7

GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 5/7

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 will feature 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.

 

This locomotive was built in 1863 and is Britain's oldest working original standard gauge engine. Constructed by Sharp Stewart and Company in Manchester, the 0-4-0 is one a batch of eight locomotives supplied to the Furness Railway. The rapid growth of traffic in the 1860's resulted in the engines becoming obsolete. No 20 was sold to a steel works. The original builders converted it into a saddle tank locomotive and it survived in traffic until 1060 - an astonishing 97 years after it was built. It then stood in the grounds of a school for over 20 years. In 1996 the Heritage lottery fund granted money to allow it to be rebuilt and re-steamed in original Furness Railway condition. It visited courtesy of the Furness Railway Trust.

During the weekend this locomotive "topped and tailed" two coaches with the Beattie Well Tank you will saw the other day, the train running return journeys between Loughborough and Rothley.

I am posting over the weekend to finish this series off so don't forget to look in for the end of the series if you can. 
The full set of my photographs from the gala can be viewed at my Flickr site here

Here is a short video of 3  of the locos in action starting with No.20, miss it if you dare!!

">No.20

GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 5/7

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 will feature 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.

 

This locomotive was built in 1863 and is Britain's oldest working original standard gauge engine. Constructed by Sharp Stewart and Company in Manchester, the 0-4-0 is one a batch of eight locomotives supplied to the Furness Railway. The rapid growth of traffic in the 1860's resulted in the engines becoming obsolete. No 20 was sold to a steel works. The original builders converted it into a saddle tank locomotive and it survived in traffic until 1060 - an astonishing 97 years after it was built. It then stood in the grounds of a school for over 20 years. In 1996 the Heritage lottery fund granted money to allow it to be rebuilt and re-steamed in original Furness Railway condition. It visited courtesy of the Furness Railway Trust.

During the weekend this locomotive "topped and tailed" two coaches with the Beattie Well Tank you will saw the other day, the train running return journeys between Loughborough and Rothley.

I am posting over the weekend to finish this series off so don't forget to look in for the end of the series if you can. 
The full set of my photographs from the gala can be viewed at my Flickr site here

Here is a short video of 3  of the locos in action starting with No.20, miss it if you dare!!

">No.20

comments (18)

This used to reside on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway in the lakes and it looks as good now as when I saw it there a few years ago. Another great little engine with a grand history.

Great video, No 9 looks splendid.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Aug 2010, 05:56
You are showing me engines I've never heard of before Brian - lovely!
Brian Walbey: Glad you are enjoying the series Chris, two more to go over the weekend.
You got to see some wonderful engines Brian
Brian Walbey: It was a really good day out Bill, great to see these old things working.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Aug 2010, 06:42
Burgundy and orange toether, Brian...what a fun combination. So shiny and clean. Have you noticed that when we ride on those trains we all stick our heads out the windows! grin
Brian Walbey: Actually sometimes I wish people wouldn't stick heads out of windows Ginnie, it kills off the authentic feeling in a photogrpah of times gone by when we didn't do that.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Aug 2010, 07:00
Remarkable state of restoration
Brian Walbey: This has been very well looked after over the years Tony.
Its a fine series Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Michael.
Beautiful!! So shiny! A lot of love and care must go in the maintenance of these beautiful machines. And you have captured it all wonderfully
Brian Walbey: Thanks Marion.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 13 Aug 2010, 11:40
Great capture
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
These engines are always immaculately kept, lovely capture smile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Linda.
another fine shot here, amazing how this has faired considering its age
Brian Walbey: Thanks derek, this has been especially looked after over the years.
excellent as usual
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Rob.
This looks really loved and well polished (and well preserved, of course!). I think you had great fun taking all the photos.
Brian Walbey: I did enjoy this visit to the railway Sheila, so diffeent from the norm.
Another beauty,Brian! (:o)
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Rosalyn.
They just keep coming Brian. Another stunner
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, I'm almost embarrased by the praise again today.
A nice quality to this shot Brian..A great old timer.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron.
A great collection of older engines. Another fine machine.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks John, it was so diffeent to a normal gala.
The firemen bent over is probably thinking "does my bum look big in this"... Sorry Brian, lowering the tone again smile
Brian Walbey: I'll let you off this time Dave grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Aug 2010, 06:13
Totally gorgeous! Probably better than new.

Wonderful celebratory shot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: This is one of the most looked after engines in the country I reckon Ray.

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