GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013

gcr winter steam gala 2013

GCR – Great Central Railway

Introduction

It was a wet day this year at the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013 (on 27th Jan). I didn’t take so many photos and the videos were short. For the most part the videos are of trains leaving stations. The event ran all day but I only arrived in the afternoon. Here is the Featured Image of No.6023 ‘King Edward II’ for those who can’t see it.

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Videos and still photo’s of the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013:

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

This year I began at Loughborough Station located on the map below:

You can see the station entrance with Google Street View by dragging the orange man on the map until the circle at his feet is centred on the point of the marker on Great Central Road.

I bought a train ticket and went down the line to Leicester stopping off at Quorn. There was a train waiting to go in Platform 2 but I just managed this shot of No.6023 ‘King Edward II’ in Platform 1 before I boarded:

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King Class No.6023 ‘King Edward II’ in Loughborough Platform 1 at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.

We travelled through to the end of the line at Leicester North Station as shown on the map below:

 

This year I was accompanied. So when we stopped off at Quorn & Woodhouse Station, on the homeward journey, we chose to visit the café (not the Station Tea Room signposted in the picture below).

First we looked around the station and I took a video as the train, from which we had alighted, departed northwards:

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No.78019 Northbound about to leave Quorn & Woodhouse Station at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.

We had a look inside Quorn & Woodhouse Station too. “Oh! I’ve been here before,” on 26th May 2012.

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Quorn and Woodhouse Station Master’s Office.

We exited Quorn & Woodhouse Station onto the road bridge crossing the line. The entrance/exit can be found on the map below:

Then we went over the bridge to the Butler Henderson Café, a large modern building with facilities. This is on the edge of the station car park which has its own driveway off Woodhouse Road.

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Quorn and Woodhouse Station viewed from the road bridge at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.

It started to rain as we left the café or was it just condensing steam from No.777 Sir Lamiel which had just pulled in on its southbound journey. Last time I saw this loco it was No.30777.

Back At Loughborough

I found BR Standard Class 7 No.70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ in the workshop:

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BR Standard Class 7 No.70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ in the workshop at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.
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No.6023 King Edward II being uncoupled from a train of carriages at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.
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No.6023 King Edward II and driver waiting to perform their next manoeuver at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.
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No.6023 King Edward II about to back off from a train of carriages at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.
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No.6023 King Edward II having backed off from a train of carriages at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.

Another déjà vu experience below: LMS Stania Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 rolling north this time, through the GCR Station, Loughborough, as seen at the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012 when it was rolling south.

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No.46521 waiting at Loughborough Platform 1 at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.

helpfulcolin.comA more unusual item was seen in the station:

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An LNER Foot Warmer

Finally some diesels were parked up round the back:

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No.D123 – Class 45 1Co-1Co diesel-electric locomotive at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.
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No.D5830 – Orange-brown (‘golden ochre’) liveried A1A-A1A Brush powered Class 31 at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.
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No.D1705 ‘Sparrowhawk’ – Co-Co diesel-electric locomotive Class 47 at the Winter Steam Gala 2013.

To finish off let me show you what happened on the previous day according to Sam Bailey:

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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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