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photoblog image Great Central Railway Autumn Gala 4/5

Great Central Railway Autumn Gala 4/5

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.

 

Class K4, 61994, The Great Marquess is a locomotive I have been wanting to see for a long time and there it was steaming past me but a few yards away as it left Quorn with a passenger train for Leicester.  What a beautiful machine.

 

Built for use on the tightly curved branch lines in Scotland only one of the six strong class has survived into preservation, following the efforts of the late Viscount Garnock who bought No.61994 The Great Marquess from British Railways (BR), and had the engine overhauled to working order. Based at Leeds No.3442 undertook railtour work until forced into retirement by the ban imposed on steam working by BR in 1968. From 1972 No.3442 was stored on the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) until 1980 when it was overhauled. In the mid 1990s No.3442 was bought by John Cameron, and the locomotive left the SVR for overhaul at Crewe. It has moved North back to Scotland where it currently operates special trains on the national rail network.

Great Central Railway Autumn Gala 4/5

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.

 

Class K4, 61994, The Great Marquess is a locomotive I have been wanting to see for a long time and there it was steaming past me but a few yards away as it left Quorn with a passenger train for Leicester.  What a beautiful machine.

 

Built for use on the tightly curved branch lines in Scotland only one of the six strong class has survived into preservation, following the efforts of the late Viscount Garnock who bought No.61994 The Great Marquess from British Railways (BR), and had the engine overhauled to working order. Based at Leeds No.3442 undertook railtour work until forced into retirement by the ban imposed on steam working by BR in 1968. From 1972 No.3442 was stored on the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) until 1980 when it was overhauled. In the mid 1990s No.3442 was bought by John Cameron, and the locomotive left the SVR for overhaul at Crewe. It has moved North back to Scotland where it currently operates special trains on the national rail network.

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Dec 2010, 01:43
Very handsome in black and white, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Ray.
You've captured the steam very well here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 23 Dec 2010, 08:14
I love how you managed to capture all the steam
Brian Walbey: Right place at the right time I think Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Dec 2010, 08:27
Never seen it Brian but it really is a smashing looking thing: powerful too!
Brian Walbey: A great loco Chris and one that was on my list to see, and now I have and wasn't dissapointed.
65A ... My dim mmemories tell that it was probably shedded in Scotland somewhere
Brian Walbey: I've looked it up Richard. These wre built for use in Scotland and 65A is Glasgow Eastfield.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Dec 2010, 10:17
A wonderful puffing hissing beast
Brian Walbey: She is indeed vintage.
I like the figure opposite doing a little spotting.
Brian Walbey: He was actually taking photos from outside the railway boundary so didn't have to pay unlike the hundreds of us who did Chad in order to give the GCR something back for the pleasure.
I saw this when I met up with Les Auld at Kidderminster station earlier this year. This is a fine shot of her
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, this is one of the locos on my "to see" list, and now I have.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Dec 2010, 12:49
A lovely capture, Brian. I like to see the escaping steam. I can just imagine this thundering past with the waft of the warm oil smell and the smoke.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Alan, and I think I was in the right place at the right time for this shot.
Looks great in B/W and the steam is terrific Brian
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Janet.
Great image, Brian - really gets across the power of the old steam locos!
Brian Walbey: It does indeed, thanks Tom.
Classic shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
A spectacular image Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim.
another excellent shot brian,well done
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Derek.
Another excellent loco image. The plume of smoke from the exhaust makes it a dynamic image and I can almost feel the earth shaking thundering. There seems to be another train-spotter on the other side of the tracks smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush.The other chap has sneaked into the field where one can see what is happening without paying to get in like we did.

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