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 After a short stay at Tyseley in 1965, the loco was withdrawn and moved to Barry for scrapping in January 1966.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.
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