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photoblog image GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 6/7

GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 6/7

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.

Sir Berkeley was built in Leeds in 'December 1890 by Manning, Wardle & Company. Never intended to be a main line engine it was instead supplied to Logan & Hemingway, an engineering contractor. They were one of firms hired to build the Great Central Railway's London Extension. Given the number '30' it was put to work on the construction of Nottingham Victoria station. While it is unlikely it reached the Loughborough section of the GCR, the return of an original contractors locomotive to the line for the first time was extremely significant as it was used during the construction of Nottingham Victoria station a few miles further north. It entered preservation at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in the mid sixties, in time to take part in the filming of the original BBC television adaptation of 'The Railway Children'. This brought another connection with a locomotive appearing at the gala, N2 number 1744, which appeared in the more famous film version of the book.

As I said last week this locomotive stood down near the shed most of the day although for £5 one could take it for a run up the yard, I don't know why I didn't take up the chance.  Below is a very short video of the engine in action at Lougborough.

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GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 6/7

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.

Sir Berkeley was built in Leeds in 'December 1890 by Manning, Wardle & Company. Never intended to be a main line engine it was instead supplied to Logan & Hemingway, an engineering contractor. They were one of firms hired to build the Great Central Railway's London Extension. Given the number '30' it was put to work on the construction of Nottingham Victoria station. While it is unlikely it reached the Loughborough section of the GCR, the return of an original contractors locomotive to the line for the first time was extremely significant as it was used during the construction of Nottingham Victoria station a few miles further north. It entered preservation at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in the mid sixties, in time to take part in the filming of the original BBC television adaptation of 'The Railway Children'. This brought another connection with a locomotive appearing at the gala, N2 number 1744, which appeared in the more famous film version of the book.

As I said last week this locomotive stood down near the shed most of the day although for £5 one could take it for a run up the yard, I don't know why I didn't take up the chance.  Below is a very short video of the engine in action at Lougborough.

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comments (9)

  • Alan
  • Somewhere in Shropshire
  • 14 Aug 2010, 07:30
What a great little workhorse, Brian. They are "unsung heroes" and this one seems like it was quite fundamental in the construction of mightier projects. It was considered important enough to have a grand name, though.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan.
I think I have said before I know not a lot about trains, but they do look good in your series smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda.
For a fiver id've been on the footplate like a shot smile Love the colours and the fact that they're always kept clean, although wasn't there a saying that red & green should never be seen?? Shame the fence was there, but a fine shot nonetheless..
Brian Walbey: I was a bit stupid I now realise Dave, thanks for your comment.
The driver and his fireman were certainly exposed to the elements!
Brian Walbey: Just imagine being in that cab in mid-winter Tom, brrrrr!
Nice colour scheme here!! All prime colours. Brilliant names they have for the machines.
Brian Walbey: And still going strong after all these years.
Nice to see her in action Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed janet. Thanks.
Well owrth a fiver for a footplate ride Brian, I would have been there like a shot. A great little engine.
Brian Walbey: I could kick myself on reflection Les, next years perhaps if they do it again.
another great capture
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Derek.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Aug 2010, 06:11
What a handsome green chap he is, too.
Brian Walbey: Yes but why didn't I take the chance of a ride in it, I could kick myself.

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