GBRf pulls off stunning anglo-Scottish charity tour

NINETEEN locomotives and 2,220 miles covered over four days made it GBRf Charity Railtours best-ever fundraiser.

The five-legged charter, ostensibly celebrating 15 years of the TOC, raised more than £125,000 for charity.

On the Swanage branch, Nos. 20118 and 20132 lead ‘GBRf 15’ to King’s Cross on September 8. STEPHEN GINN
On the Swanage branch, Nos. 20118 and 20132 lead ‘GBRf 15’ to King’s Cross on September 8. STEPHEN GINN

The company’s new celebrity BR green-liveried ‘66’ No. 66779 Evening Star (with matching chocolate & cream ‘support’ coach!) was the appropriate motive power to bring the curtain down on the September 8-11 marathon at Paddington station’s platform 1 bufferstops, amid jubilation from dedicated volunteers and passengers.

All train crews donated their time to the event without pay.

‘GBRf 15’ set off from London Victoria behind a pair of Class 20s (Nos. 20118 Saltburn-by-the Sea and 20132 Barrow Hill Depot) to Fratton via Wimbledon and Horsham, backed up by a duo of Class 73/1s: Nos. 73128 OVS Bullied CBE and 73213 Rhodalyn T&T.

Read more in October’s edition of The RM

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