73156 BACK FOR GCR ‘GOODS GALORE’ GALA?

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Stan­dard ‘5MT’ No. 73156 could re­turn to ser­vice at the Great Cen­tral Rail­way’s ‘Goods Galore’ gala on May 12/13, af­ter seven months out of ac­tion. The lo­co­mo­tive made its preser­va­tion de­but last year, but was with­drawn af­ter the GCR’s Oc­to­ber gala owing to re­cur­ring hot bear­ings. How­ever, the rail­way aims to have it back in traf­fic for the freight-themed event. Six goods trains will be in op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing the ‘Wind­cut­ter’ min­eral wagons and the newly re­stored van train, along with mixed freight, parcels, en­gi­neers and break­down for­ma­tions. Mo­tive power will be ‘Bri­tan­nia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, ‘9F’ No. 92214, ‘8F’ No. 48624 (sub­ject to com­ple­tion of re­pairs to its main steam pipe), ‘2MT’ No. 78018 and ‘Mod­i­fied Hall’ No. 6990 Wither­slack Hall, while ‘Jinty’ No. 47406 will work goods trains on the Mountsor­rel branch. Class 25 No. D5185 will also be run­ning with the replica brake ten­der re­cently con­structed by Rail­way Ve­hi­cle Preser­va­tions Ltd. It is planned to run No. 73156 in the guise of No. 73069 for the GCR’s ‘End of BR Steam’ gala on Au­gust 4/5 and 11/12, the orig­i­nal No. 73069 hav­ing been a celebrity rail­tour per­former in 1968. Oliver Cromwell will ap­pear at the event, now its boiler cer­tifi­cate has been ex­tended (SR478); while No. 48624 will be in ac­tion if a sim­i­lar ex­ten­sion can be ob­tained – the ‘8F’s’ ticket be­ing due to ex­pire on Au­gust 1. If so, it will make a pair of the Stanier 2-8-0s with No. 48305, cur­rently near­ing the end of an over­haul, while it is also hoped that ‘Black Five’ No. 45305 will ap­pear, sub­ject to the com­ple­tion of fire­box re­pairs.

ALAN WEAVER

Run­ning in the guise of No. 73084 Tin­tagel, ‘5MT’ No. 73156 pauses out­side Lough­bor­ough Cen­tral dur­ing the GCR’s steam gala on Oc­to­ber 5 2017, while John Palmer of the own­ing Bolton Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Com­pany checks for hot bear­ings, and ‘8F’ No. 48624 is halted at sig­nals.

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