Cavalcade tops off ‘8F’ return at GCR’s goods gala

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.

‘3F’ 0-6-0T No. 47406 leads the cavalcade of Nos. 48624, 48305, 73156, 92214, 46521 and 78018 at Kinchley Lane as the show stopper at the Great Central Railway’s Goods Galore gala on May 12. ANDREW SOUTHWELL

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’. 

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Added to that was the parcels train, which also carried passengers.

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