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!!
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