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photoblog image Great Central Railway Autumn Gala 2/5

Great Central Railway Autumn Gala 2/5

The main gala at the Great Central Railway is normally held in October and is sponsored by Steam Railway magazine.  This short series of 5 images, converted to B&W.which hopefully gives an old look to each, features three visiting engines to the railway, two of them for the first time.

 

Returning to steam, and looking terrific, after a major overhaul was the "Black Five" locomotive number 45305 (5305).

 

5305 was built by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, works No 1360. She spent most of her life based in North-West England. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways renumbered her 45305.

 

45305 survived to the last month of steam on British Railways, August 1968 and was withdrawn from Lostock shed.

 

45305 was sold to scrap merchants Albert Drapers and Sons Ltd. of Hull. The owner of the scrapyard, A.E. Draper saved the engine, merely that it was the cleanest engine in the yard. The locomotive is still owned by the scrapyard but is looked after by the 5305 Locomotive Association.

 

5305, restored to original LMS livery was steamed again in 1976. In 1984, 5305 was named Alderman A E Draper by the Mayor of Hedon, Bill Tong. A.E. Draper was twice Mayor of Hedon and the Hedon coat of arms is on the nameplates. However, for reasons of authenticity, the engine does not always carry these nameplates.

 

In the 1986 5305 worked over the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig, continuing her class's particular association with Scotland.

 

5305's boiler certificate expired in December 1994 and she was out of service until Autumn 2003 when she assumed her BR guise as 45305. Since then she has also had a mainline certificate and has been based on the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

Great Central Railway Autumn Gala 2/5

The main gala at the Great Central Railway is normally held in October and is sponsored by Steam Railway magazine.  This short series of 5 images, converted to B&W.which hopefully gives an old look to each, features three visiting engines to the railway, two of them for the first time.

 

Returning to steam, and looking terrific, after a major overhaul was the "Black Five" locomotive number 45305 (5305).

 

5305 was built by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, works No 1360. She spent most of her life based in North-West England. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways renumbered her 45305.

 

45305 survived to the last month of steam on British Railways, August 1968 and was withdrawn from Lostock shed.

 

45305 was sold to scrap merchants Albert Drapers and Sons Ltd. of Hull. The owner of the scrapyard, A.E. Draper saved the engine, merely that it was the cleanest engine in the yard. The locomotive is still owned by the scrapyard but is looked after by the 5305 Locomotive Association.

 

5305, restored to original LMS livery was steamed again in 1976. In 1984, 5305 was named Alderman A E Draper by the Mayor of Hedon, Bill Tong. A.E. Draper was twice Mayor of Hedon and the Hedon coat of arms is on the nameplates. However, for reasons of authenticity, the engine does not always carry these nameplates.

 

In the 1986 5305 worked over the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig, continuing her class's particular association with Scotland.

 

5305's boiler certificate expired in December 1994 and she was out of service until Autumn 2003 when she assumed her BR guise as 45305. Since then she has also had a mainline certificate and has been based on the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

comments (17)

The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this, Brian, was the opening from an old TV show I used to watch called, Petticoat Junction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7_-N_zTJnk
Brian Walbey: Not a show I'm familiar with beverly but a great old video, the B&W.of it is excellent.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Dec 2010, 01:47
Choof...choof...
Brian Walbey: You could say that Chad.
great b&w!! smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Charles.
Nice shot and an interesting history of this engine.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
Snorting with delight ... now do I mean the train or myself
Brian Walbey: Well I hope its not you snorting Richard, your supposed to drink Coke not sniff itsmile
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 21 Dec 2010, 08:16
Love the B&W choice, makes it authentic
Brian Walbey: I felt that also, thanks Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Dec 2010, 08:37
A fine looking loco Brian: of course the BR Standards were based on this design with Riddles being an ex LMS man. They were quite common at Bristol and some were even shedded at Bath Green Park & worked over the S&D until ousted by five Standard 5s, delivered brand new in the early 1950s
Brian Walbey: And fresh from a rebuild Chris. You seem to have a very good knowledge of the S.& D.
Grand Photo Brian, Lets hope this historic engine keeps going for many more years.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin. the recent rebuild wil give it a boiler certificate for a further 10 years before another rebuild.
Another classic shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
  • Chad Doveton
  • where longitude meets latitude.
  • 21 Dec 2010, 10:56
Puff the magic dragon?
Brian Walbey: I refer you to my answer to Mr.Trim Chad.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Dec 2010, 12:49
I like the feeling of action here, Brian. Its something you just don't get with a diesel.
Brian Walbey: That's true Alan and the exhaust doesn't smell so good either.
This shot looks full of energy Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron.
Lovely shot Brian, I like the old telegraph poles smile
Brian Walbey: Yes I'm glad the poles are still there Linda, that's how it used to be.
Great in bw Brian, although I think I'd have like a bit more the the engine in view.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom. I took four or five in succession and this I felt was the best one.
I agree it does give the image an older look. It brings back many nice memories to me these old steam trains. great use of the signal box Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Scotia.
One of the better locations on the GCR for photography Brian, it has all the ingredients, the Box, line-side detritus and cross arm telegraph poles. The Black 5 looks right at home.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, no Black 5's ran here in the old days.
really suits black and white
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.

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