GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012

Great Central Railway Winter Gala 2012

GCR – Great Central Railway

Introduction

It was a cold but brilliant sunny afternoon at the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012 (on 28th Jan). I took lots of photos and videos. The event ran all day but I only arrived in the afternoon and here’s my platform ticket:

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012
GCR Loughborough Central Platform Ticket (both sides) on a Winter Gala Day 2012.

The GCR advertised 12 loco’s in steam and I saw 9. There was continual movement at the Great Central Station, Loughborough, and I did my best to capture it. I walked down to the shed at the north end of the station and found a few things to photograph and video on the way. It became very difficult to video the Royal Mail train leaving due to its delay and the hustle and bustle on the platform. I was only able to video it in the end by holding my camera above my head.

Here is the Featured Image for those who can’t see it.

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For any one wanting to travel to Loughborough to visit the GCR see the map below to get its location and directions to it:

Videos and still photo’s of the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012:

For photographic enthusiasts: All photographs and videos were taken with a Lumix FZ100.

Below: GNR Class N2 0-6-2 No.1744 & GCR Robinson Class 04 2-8-0 No.63601 at GCR Station, Loughborough, at the Winter Steam Gala 2012.

Below: BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 No.78019 accelerating south towards the GCR Station, Loughborough, at the Winter Steam Gala 2012.

Below: BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 No.78019 Hauling Freight South from the GCR Station, Loughborough, at the Winter Steam Gala 2012.

Below: LMS Stania Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 8624 rolling through the GCR Station, Loughborough, at the Winter Steam Gala 2012.

Below: The Royal Mail train pulled by LSWR Class M7 No.53 had been delayed by about 45 minutes. It raised a good head of steam at least 3 times and was letting off steam for most of that time. Other activity on the far track consists of LMS Fowler 3F ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0 No.47406 hauling freight and GWR Hall class 4-6-0 ‘Pitchford Hall’ No.4953 similarly delayed. All at the Winter Steam Gala 2012.

Stills of The Winter Steam Gala 2012.

All taken at the Great Central Station, Loughborough.

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GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012
Loughborough Station Platform 2 Great Central Railway from the Road Bridge with No.46521 waiting.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
LMS Ivatt Class 2 No.46521 on the far track from platform 2.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
LMS Ivatt Class 2 No.46521 on Platform 1.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
LSWR Class N15 No.30777 ‘Sir Lamiel’ in Platform 2 with LMS Ivatt Class 2 No.46521 alongside.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Driver stands proud on the footplate of BR Standard Class 2 No.78019.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
GCR Robinson Class 8K No.63601.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
No.63601 – Driver Content With His Lot.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
LMS Stanier Class 8F No.8624 by the water tower on Platform 2.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
GWR Hall Class No.4953 ‘Pitchford Hall’ Waiting a signal to go down the line.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Alongside ‘Pitchford Hall’ is LSWR Class M7 No.53 waiting to take The Royal Mail.

Next – the Royal Mail coaches:

Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Royal Mail Train at Platform 2 GCR Station, Loughborough.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Royal Mail Train at Platform 2 GCR Station, Loughborough.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Pigeonholes in a sorting car.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Pigeonholes in a sorting car.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Apparatus for catching mail bags.

Next – miscellaneous rolling stock and locomotives:

Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
“Cromwell” Pulman Dining Car.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
LMS Brake Van No.730562 at the north end of Platform 2.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Breakdown Crane at GCR Loughborough.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Someone left their tender behind.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
Various Diesels in a siding.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2012
BR Power Car Class 127 DMU No.M51616 “ALF BENNY”.

Finally – a collection of badges and symbols seen on site:

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012
Brake Pipe ref. on 78019.
GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012
GCR Corton Works Builders Badge seen on No.63601.
GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012
Badge seen on No.63601.
GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012
BRITISH RAILWAYS logo.
Tender Wheel Bearing Cover on 78019.
Tender Wheel Bearing Cover on 78019.

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Author: Helpful Colin

I have a background in telecommunications and a fascination with all things scientific and technical - from physics to electronics, and computing to DIY.

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