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Great Central Railway Turntable

Last Saturday saw a historic day at Quorn on the Great Central Railway when the newly installed turntable, ex LNER York Queen Street, was used "officially" for the first time.  The B.R.Standard Class 2, 78019, was the engine used for the opening ceremony, which was performed by our local MP, Nikki Morgan, although sadly it was raining quite heavily at the time and she, we, and our cameras, got quite wet.

 

Later on the now famous red 8F, 8624, went on to the turntable, however a few fine adjustments need to be made to the equipment so the 8F kept its pony truck bogie at the front end firmly on the surround of the pit in order that the balance of the table wasn't disturbed.

 

It was at this point of the day that I was pleased to be joined by Les Auld who had also been watching the proceedings, and also watching the Travelling Post Office trainset do a demonstration drop at the mail exchange equipment nearby.

 

 

 

 

Great Central Railway Turntable

Last Saturday saw a historic day at Quorn on the Great Central Railway when the newly installed turntable, ex LNER York Queen Street, was used "officially" for the first time.  The B.R.Standard Class 2, 78019, was the engine used for the opening ceremony, which was performed by our local MP, Nikki Morgan, although sadly it was raining quite heavily at the time and she, we, and our cameras, got quite wet.

 

Later on the now famous red 8F, 8624, went on to the turntable, however a few fine adjustments need to be made to the equipment so the 8F kept its pony truck bogie at the front end firmly on the surround of the pit in order that the balance of the table wasn't disturbed.

 

It was at this point of the day that I was pleased to be joined by Les Auld who had also been watching the proceedings, and also watching the Travelling Post Office trainset do a demonstration drop at the mail exchange equipment nearby.

 

 

 

 

comments (13)

A great set Brian. You take these really well.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances, but I got really wet doing so.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Oct 2011, 01:22
You have recorded the event very nicely, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
great collage, gives a nice overview
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
Great collage. You can really see the rain in the video!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. I was a bit worried as I had a new short zoom on the camera for the first time and it got quite wet.
Steam. Great post Brian. I used to be very involved with railways. Beautiful that 4-4-0 or 220 in our classification system.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan. Of course turntables aren't needed these days on national railways with two ended locomotives.
Just back from New Orleans and able to comment again - Internet connection in the conference hotel was dreadful!

That must have been a joy for the enthusiasts!
Brian Walbey: I guess you have some SC catching up to do Tom, this was a great event to attend despite the rain.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2011, 19:10
I love it!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Debb.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Oct 2011, 22:39
Excellent stuff: they were very fortunate to rescue it really. There can't be many unused turntables around...
Brian Walbey: Indeed there can't Chris. This has been standing about in bits at Loughborough for quite a while I seem to remember.
Enjoyable collage! I want the job of moving it!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. It took five men to push that turntable round, do you think you could manage it on your own?
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Oct 2011, 08:48
A fine set of images, Brian, and no sign of the rain in them (although the video shows the weather well! ) Such as a shame that it was not dry for the big event, though; we've had no rain here now for several weeks. It was lucky to find such a turntable after all these years.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. The table has been in bits at Loughborough for a while I think, but it is a great asset to the whole railway and something extra to include in galas as well.
some wonderful machine there Brian as so well presented
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.
Not normally a rail enthusiast but this a great collage of evocative pics!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Fred, it was just a shame that it rained for the ceremony.
Delightful collection of engines, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pamela.

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