‘Austerity’ steals the show at Great Central’s last hurrah

IT IS not often that a humble industrial saddle tank steals the gala limelight from its main line brethren, but that was certainly the case at the Great Central Railway’s Last Hurrah of the Season event on November 18-19.

Roger Hibbert’s 0-6-0 pairing of ‘J94’ lookalike No. 68067 and ‘Jinty’ No. 47406 pass through Swithland, adorned with a ‘Pines Express’ headboard, on November 19. MALCOLM RANIERI

Roger Hibbert’s newly outshopped ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No. 68067 made its public debut at the event in its pseudo-British Railways ‘J94’ guise (see Industrial Steam, p72), working both passenger and freight trains over the two days.

‘Modified Hall’ No. 6990 Witherslack Hall passes Rabbit Bridge with the 11.10 Loughborough-Rothley goods during Great Central’s the Last Hurrah event on November 19. PAUL BIGGS

Naturally, the opportunity was taken to double-head the loco with Mr Hibbert’s other GCR-based tank engine – ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0T No. 47406.

Also in steam during the weekend were ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6990 Witherslack Hall,
BR ‘9F’ No. 92214, and Stanier ‘8F’ No. 48624, which like the two tank engines worked both passenger and goods, occasionally double-headed.

While the ‘Austerity’ was hogging the steam spotlight, Rail Vehicle Preservations’ re-created Diesel Brake Tender No. B964122 was attracting admirers of its own, working with both English Electric Type 1
No. D8098 and ‘Peak’ No. D123 (see Headline News).

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