LAST CHANCE FOR THE GREAT MARQUESS DISAPPEARS
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.
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.