LAST CHANCE FOR THE GREAT MARQUESS DIS­AP­PEARS

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The North York­shire Moors Rail­way has turned down an of­fer from John Cameron to re­store his Gres­ley ‘K4’ 2-6-0 The Great Marquess, in re­turn for two years’ free use of the en­gine. The NYMR’s de­ci­sion means that No. 61994 has run for the last time, and will now take its place along­side John Cameron’s other main line en­gine, ‘A4’ class ‘Pa­cific’ No. 60009 Union of South Africa, in a new ‘farm­ing and rail­ways’ vis­i­tor cen­tre, due to open in 2019 at his farm at St Mo­nans, Fife. Based at and op­er­ated from Gros­mont through­out most of the 2015 sea­son, The Great Marquess was ‘stopped’ in Oc­to­ber that year with a ‘mi­nor’ frac­ture of the in­ner fire­box, and hasn’t run since. Its ten-year boiler cer­tifi­cate has since ex­pired.

MARK O’BRIEN

Hav­ing turned its wheels in anger for the last time, ‘K4’ The Great Marquess awaits col­lec­tion at Gros­mont for road trans­port to Fife for per­ma­nent static dis­play.

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