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.