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photoblog image GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 7/7

GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 7/7

To finish the series one of my favourite locomotives, the ex LNER Class N2 No.1744, stands in the southbound platform at Quorn awaiting departure with a train bound for Leicester North. I used to see this type of locomotive by the dozen when I was a young lad watching the trains go by.

GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 7/7

To finish the series one of my favourite locomotives, the ex LNER Class N2 No.1744, stands in the southbound platform at Quorn awaiting departure with a train bound for Leicester North. I used to see this type of locomotive by the dozen when I was a young lad watching the trains go by.

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 May 2012, 02:06
A beauty, Brian...and benefits from your dramatic perspective!
Brian Walbey: Isn't she lovely, I had to wait a while to get rid of the GUW as Alan calls them and then the driver obliged with his position in the cab.
What a fabulous series Brian ... one of your best.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard for such an encouraging comment.
I can see why it's your favorite!
Brian Walbey: Quite cute little engines, sadly all but this one were scrapped many years ago.
Best for last!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 May 2012, 08:21
A powerful little engine Brian
Brian Walbey: They were indeed Chris, to think these little things were used to haul main line express rakes into and out of the Cross with up to 12 or 14 coaches behind them.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 May 2012, 09:53
Just perfect Brian, mine was the ex LMS Princess Royal Class 6201 Princess Elizabeth in maroon livery.
Brian Walbey: 6201 and her sisters were fine engines Mike, although coming from the edges of east Anglia I only ever saw the Princesses on holiday trips through London.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2012, 10:58
Good morning, Mr. Driver - oh, you are making much steam! The German phrase 'viel Dampf machen' means: being overactive and making much trouble!
Brian Walbey: I was so lucky that the driver decided to look out of the cab at that moment and there were no other bystanders in the picture area.
A great engine Brian, a class I have never seen outside preservation though.
Brian Walbey: One of my favourites Les, they used to have a couple at Hitchin where I went spotting with a friend but at Hatfield they had a shed full which were used on inner suburban services out as far as Welwyn Garden City, down to Moorgate and also on empty carriage workings, hence I saw a lot of them when I went up to London as a lad.
I guess from that pipeage that she has a condenser fitted. According to ~wiki this is the only survivor although them seem to have got her number wrong
Brian Walbey: Yes she has condensing equipment for when they went down the "drain" or "ratshole" at Kings Cross through the underground system to Moorgate. 1744 and 4744 were numbers pre nationalisation, 69523 is what I would have seen it under if indeed I did when it was still running pre 1968.
A wonderful image to end your great series Brian. I really enjoyed it!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard, a few others seem to have enjoyed the series as well. Something completely different coming for a few weeks now.
  • Anyes
  • Canada
  • 20 May 2012, 17:46
Love the sharpness of this photograph. It feels like looking at a piece of living history Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Anyes. It is indeed living history, the only one of this particular type of engine to survive, the rest were all scrapped and cut up when steam on the national railway was dispensed with.
Great perspective and sharpness
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, I was a bit lucky with this shot, I grabbed it while eager spectators had moved away from the engine.
Great one to end the series Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Janet.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 May 2012, 22:07
Just perfect, Brian; the driver is the icing on the cake and adds human interest. I assume that this had some sort of condensing system for working in the tunnels?
Brian Walbey: I waited for the GUW to clear the area and luckily the Driver popped his head out at just the right time. Yes the pipe work is for when these engines used to go down to Moorgate on the underground system.
A fine finale Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred.

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