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photoblog image Great Central Gala Selection 3/7

Great Central Gala Selection 3/7

I attended two galas at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough during the summer that I haven't shown images from as yet.  This week features a few of the highlights during those events.

 

A popular engine during the year was this B.R.Standard Class 4 number 80072 seen at Quorn on a passenger train to Leicester.

 

80072 was completed at Brighton in 1953. Running-in turns were completed near Brighton, before it moved to Plaistow to work the suburban services from Fenchurch Street over the London, Tilbury and Southend lines. Electrification displaced 80072 in 1962, being transferred to Swansea East Dock, from where it worked the Central Wales line and services to Pembroke and Camarthen. 1963 saw the engine move to Leamington Spa to work Birmingham suburban services and car transporter trains. After a short stay at Tyseley in 1965, the loco was withdrawn and moved to Barry for scrapping in January 1966.

 

It was rescued in 1988, with initial restoration proceeding at Swindon. A group of at the members at the Llangollen Railway purchased the locomotive in 1991, and restoration continued at both Swindon and Llangollen. Amongst other items requiring attention was a buckle in the mainframes, and a new wheelset had to be manufactured as one of the original wheels had been cut through after a derailment at Barry. In 1995 the whole engine moved to Llangollen for the later phases of restoration to start, and the following year it was moved, by now a 2-6-4 once more, to the restoration road in the new shed. The side tanks and bunker were fitted in 1997. The boiler was repaired at Crewe and has been refitted into the frames.  She now runs regularly at the Llangollen Railway and can often be seen at other heritage railways throughout the country.

Great Central Gala Selection 3/7

I attended two galas at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough during the summer that I haven't shown images from as yet.  This week features a few of the highlights during those events.

 

A popular engine during the year was this B.R.Standard Class 4 number 80072 seen at Quorn on a passenger train to Leicester.

 

80072 was completed at Brighton in 1953. Running-in turns were completed near Brighton, before it moved to Plaistow to work the suburban services from Fenchurch Street over the London, Tilbury and Southend lines. Electrification displaced 80072 in 1962, being transferred to Swansea East Dock, from where it worked the Central Wales line and services to Pembroke and Camarthen. 1963 saw the engine move to Leamington Spa to work Birmingham suburban services and car transporter trains. After a short stay at Tyseley in 1965, the loco was withdrawn and moved to Barry for scrapping in January 1966.

 

It was rescued in 1988, with initial restoration proceeding at Swindon. A group of at the members at the Llangollen Railway purchased the locomotive in 1991, and restoration continued at both Swindon and Llangollen. Amongst other items requiring attention was a buckle in the mainframes, and a new wheelset had to be manufactured as one of the original wheels had been cut through after a derailment at Barry. In 1995 the whole engine moved to Llangollen for the later phases of restoration to start, and the following year it was moved, by now a 2-6-4 once more, to the restoration road in the new shed. The side tanks and bunker were fitted in 1997. The boiler was repaired at Crewe and has been refitted into the frames.  She now runs regularly at the Llangollen Railway and can often be seen at other heritage railways throughout the country.

comments (19)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Dec 2010, 07:11
I can just imagine being little kids in 1953, Brian, having fun watching these trains going by. They have their own milestones, I see, just as we do. In 1963 I graduated from high school. smile
Brian Walbey: From age 5 until I was 11 trains ran along the side of my school playground Ginnie, no wonder so many of us at my school became train fans.
One of those locomotives that has run longer since being scrapped than it did before. I have always like these big tank engines
Brian Walbey: There's quite a few locos like that Bill.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 8 Dec 2010, 08:31
It does remind me a bit of the train in the Harry Potter movies, haha
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Chantal.
It looks very clean Brian.
Brian Walbey: Lots of elbow grease by the volunteers Chad.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2010, 08:39
These were very useful locos Brian: we had them on the S&D during its final years
Brian Walbey: They were indeed Chris, I thought they might have run down your way.
So much more character than today`s modern trains. Beautifully captured. (:o)
Brian Walbey: I think that has always been part of the fascination with steam engines Rosalyn.
Love the old goods truck in the background. I guess it was for cattle by the look of the vent.
Brian Walbey: I think it is what is known as a ventilated van Richard, more for perishable goods than livestock.
Oh lovely Brian. Great shot
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Janet.
I marvel at the necessary restoration work, the sheer size of some of the problems they have to solve. That said the end result is wonderful steam train. I think they are fantastic feats of engineering and they come in such varied shapes and sizes.
Brian Walbey: And thank goodness there are lots of people about to whom looking after these is a labour of love Martin.
so many great trains, Brian. I like this one a lot
Brian Walbey: Thanks Charles.
I can envision a character from a British mystery novel alighting from this train, Brian. Lots of romance in this capture.
Brian Walbey: They actually run Murder, Mystery trains in the winter evenings, complete with dinner, so you are not too far out in your comment Beverly.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2010, 15:39
An exceptionally elegant, handsome loco, Brian.
Brian Walbey: These were very reliable day to day workhorses Ray.
A beautiful locomotive Brian, Well captured
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Tim.
A fine locomotive, there is something just right about the purpose and power of these.
Brian Walbey: They were built especially for use on both freight and passenger services John, on smaller branch lines etc.
He looks really mean and powerful Brian smile
Brian Walbey: They were very good engines linda, quite a few have survived.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2010, 21:02
A lovely sight, Brian. She looks to be fine condition; a tribute to the work of volunteers.
Brian Walbey: She certainly ran well at the gala Alan.
love this shot, the reflections make it great
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.
Like Derek, I am very taken with the fine reflections in the shiny engine Brian
Brian Walbey: It had been well polished before thevent Pamela.
nice picture and good to know the background behind the loco
Brian Walbey: Thanks Avush.

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