‘Cromwell’ ready for main line return


THE much-anticipated return of the National Railway Museum’s ‘Britannia’ Pacific No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell to Network Rail metals draws ever closer following the locomotive’s re-entry to traffic at the Great Central Railway.

Custodians the 5305 Locomotive Association recently completed a retube and the fitting of 40 new superheater elements to the Riddles Pacific at Loughborough, and on June 9 No. 70013 successfully passed its steam test.

During the following weekend the ‘Brit’ was thoroughly tested as it shared services with fellow ‘Standard’ ‘2MT’ No. 78018, when it was photographed working the 16.15 departure from Loughborough to Leicester North on June 11.

Article continues below…

Enjoy more Railway reading in the monthly magazine.
Click here to subscribe & save.

This was to be the loco’s final run on the line before heading to Tyseley for mainline testing. MICHAEL SUTTON

Read more News and Features in the July 2017 issue of The RM – on sale now!

Subscribe to The Railway Magazine
Enjoy more of The Railway Magazine reading every month. Click here to subscribe.

Railway Reads

From the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.

Article Tags:

About the Author