GCR – Great Central Railway
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.
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 Central 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:
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:
We had a look inside Quorn & Woodhouse Station too. “Oh! I’ve been here before,” on 26th May 2012.
We exited Quorn & Woodhouse Station onto the bridge carrying Woodhouse Road. The entrance/exit can be found on the map below between the up and down lines:
Then we continued NE along the road to get 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.
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:
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.
A more unusual item was seen in the station:
Finally some diesels were parked up round the back:
To finish off let me show you what happened on the previous day according to Sam Bailey: