N ‘C’ ROSS’?

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

A film­ing con­tract with Warner Bros meant that the ven­er­a­ble Wain­wright 0-6-0, to­gether with a mixed bag of SECR four-wheel and bo­gie coaches and Maun­sell stock, was towed from East Grin­stead to Bounds Green on the evening of Fe­bru­ary 5 by GB Rail­freight Class 20 diesels Nos. 20142 and 20189. The en­sem­ble was then berthed in Plat­form 1 at King’s Cross for the film­ing dur­ing the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 6/7. The movie’s iden­tity has not been of­fi­cially re­leased, but re­ports sug­gest that it is Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them - a pre­quel to the ‘Harry Pot­ter’ se­ries, set 70 years be­fore the ex­ist­ing ‘Hog­warts’ films, and thus re­quir­ing an older lo­co­mo­tive than their star ‘Hall’ No. 5972 Ol­ton Hall. For­tu­nately, the ‘C’ did not have to be re­painted in ‘Hog­warts Ex­press’ red, although it and some of the coaches had re­ceived heavy ‘weath­er­ing’ on one side. It was the first time that the ‘C’ had ven­tured onto main line met­als since ar­rival at the Blue­bell from its first preser­va­tion home of Ash­ford Works, in 1970. An­other

THE GREAT train shed of King’s Cross is set to wit­ness some re­mark­able sights in the com­ing months, start­ing with Fly­ing Scots­man’s of­fi­cial launch and cul­mi­nat­ing in the ap­pear­ance of an ‘A4’ and ‘N2’ for the un­veil­ing of the Gres­ley statue in April. But the vi­sion of South Eastern & Chatham ‘C’ class No. 592 un­der the roof with vin­tage stock from the Blue­bell Rail­way was on an­other level en­tirely…

Blue­bell vet­eran, Billinton ‘E4’ 0-6-2T No. 473, is also set to make a foray onto the na­tional net­work this au­tumn, to be dis­played at Hay­wards Heath sta­tion’s 175th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Septem­ber 17/18 along with Stroud­ley ‘Ter­rier’ 0-6-0T No. 55 Step­ney. Its last ap­pear­ance on the na­tional net­work was on Septem­ber 15 1963, dou­ble-headed with Adams ‘Ra­dial’ No. 488 on the ‘Blue Belle’ rail­tour.

South Eastern & Chatham Rail­way ‘C’ 0-6-0 No. 592 is a bizarre sight in Plat­form 1 at King’s Cross for its film­ing role on Fe­bru­ary 6. One of the Maun­sell coaches can be seen to have re­ceived the ar­ti­fi­cial grime as the stock is shunted into po­si­tion. In a view from the foot­bridge, the ‘weath­er­ing’ ap­plied to the right-hand side of the Wain­wright vet­eran is vis­i­ble. ALL: RICHARD ALLEN

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