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.
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