SEVEN BR-liveried locomotives, from the humble ‘Jinty’ to the mighty ‘9F’, provided an impressive grand finale for the Great Central Railway’s Goods Galore gala on May 11-12.
The event marked the return to GCR service of Stanier ‘8F’ 2-8-0 No. 48305 after eight years out of traffic, and provided a rare opportunity to see two of the heavy freight locos working together – the other being No. 48624.
As the name of the event suggested, the weekend was a celebration of non-passenger operations, and featured five goods sets in traffic, including permanent way train, the ‘Windcutter’ rake of 16T mineral wagons, a mixed freight, the boxvans and the ‘Mountsorrel Goods’.
Added to that was the parcels train, which also carried passengers.
Read more in the June 2019 issue of The Railway Magazine – on sale now!