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.
To finish this look-back to summer galas two shots of the ex Midland Region Jubilee 5690 Leander.
5690 was built at Crewe in March 1936 and named Leander after HMS Leander, which in turn was named after the Greek hero Leander. After nationalisation in 1948, she was renumbered 45690 by British Railways, and based at the former LMS engine shed at Bristol Barrow Road.
After being withdrawn in 1964, Leander was sold to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales. Rescued by Brian Oliver in May 1972, she was restored by the Leander Locomotive Society at the Dinting Railway Museum, Glossop. After later purchase by and running on the Severn Valley Railway, she was again sold into private ownership and is now owned by the Beet family and is based at the East Lancashire Railway.
If you have followed this series right through you will realise the upper image is taken at the viewpoint I featured on Friday.
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