Sunday, 28 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Sporting her LNER headlamps (actually very powerful LED's!...not parrafin!), the A1 was sparkling, not surprising as she is actually less than 2 years old...well, running-wise anyway! Above, the 3rd cylinder, no doubt a Gresley-inspired feature, stands just off-set to the right on the engine's front. The electric lamps, very powerful indeed, can also be seen in, sporting one per lamp-bracket. The lamps are then powered by a steam-generator, a feature also spotted on Thompsons B1's, including "Mayflower" at Shackerstone. Wearing her specially cast nameplate proudly, the A1 really was a sight, and the number of people, young & old, swarming around her was unbelievable! (Anyone would think she was made of five-pound notes!...mind you, I bet the owners think that sometimes!). With my run-about ticket viable all day, I decided a round trip behind "Tornado", standing or not, was a complete must...just to say I'd done it. Therefore, I boarded the 11:30am service behind the Apple Green A1 and off we went. I must admit, 6 coaches at 25mph was hardly making her work, though she did sound nice...not often you hear a well-timed 3-cylinder beat! The whistle was very nice though, even if not "authentic" (it's an A4 one, not an A1 example), but the chime was nice...unusual location though...right underneath the right-smoke deflector, directing the exhaust of the A4-chime right into the view of the fireman's window (at least its not the drivers!). (A pic of the chime is seen on the left). Along the line, getting covered in soot whilst hanging from a coach window again, the A1 chugged along nicely...no...effortlessly! Around and across the Swithland Resevoir, people littered the lineside, camera's flashing and video's recording! Leicester North was soon on the soggy horizon and the A1 pulled in gracefully. Pouring from the coaches, many of us decided to make our way to the short-reception platform on the East side of the site to watch 60163 run-round. However, the heavy rain was very persistant and all of our equipment was wet-through by the time the A1 eventually moved forward. (But, the main thing was...we got the shot). After the 15-minute run round break, the Peppercorn was off again, slipping back down to Loughborough on her 7-mile, relatively level journey. With the rain holding off again, Loughborough was alive with even more "Tornado"-fans and the perimeter of the engine was again swamped. Therefore, I decided to take a look at the third engine of the weekend, Jubilee "Leander", renamed as scrapped-sister, "Jervis". I didn't get to the bottom of why the engine had been renamed but, maybe "Jervis" was an ex-GCR engine? In the 1960's? Not sure! Any comments on this would be appreciated. Anyhow, owned by Chris Beet, the Jubilee has been at the GCR since January and will be staying for the short-term at least, as far as I know. Today, adorning the "South Yorkshireman" Dining Train headboard, 5690 (as 5663), was looking very well. I've always admired the LMS Crimson livery, but engines that now carry it are relatively few and far between. Therefore, its nice to see 5690 wearing it, and not BR Green! Catching the 1:15pm Dining Train (limited public accomodation at the back), I headed to Rothley where I alighted, after covering a total of 32 miles on the day's trains...not bad on normal fares! 5690 duly departed further into the horrid weather whilst I awaited the next "Up" train...hauled by the A1 again...
Sporting her very bright LED headlamps, the A1 could be seen through the gloom a good way away, but she was duly in hearing distance. Passing us, my video camera picked up the beautiful livery of the engine, and its cleanliness perfectly, despite the horrid conditions (pouring rain at the time!). 60163 gone, there was nothing to see until she returned! When she did so, her 3-cylinder beat echoed around the little station as she attacked the bank northwards. The video footage I attained today is spotted below...After seeing 60163 head off into the distance, 80072 was in sight, and she was the final loco I saw today, hauling an "Up" (Leicester-bound) service. With the bark of 80072 getting ever-quieter as she chugged off into the distance...my lift arrived, and off home I went. It had been a gloomy, dark, damp and relatively chilly day but I'm very glad I went as I finally saw the fantastic achievement that is the new-build A1 Pacific "Tornado". The massive amounts of skill, time, effort and patience that have been poured into this engineering masterpiece can only be applauded! Well done A1 Steam Trust...you have a beautiful locomotive for the World to Enjoy! Thanks for reading folks. If you want to see "Tornado" at the GCR before she leaves, check out info on the website by clicking here. Please comment if you wish...evening all!...
Friday, 19 March 2010
Hi all! Hope you're all well and enjoying the recent, somewhat milder change in the temperature. Just a quick post showing where we are, what we're doing and when, as far as the next couple of weeks go's anyway!:-
- Saturday March 20th:-Visit to Great Central Railway to visit 60163 "Tornado"
- Sunday March 21st:- Shackerstone Shed Work Day
- Sunday March 28th:- Shackerstone Shed Work Day
- Saturday April 3rd:- CMES Steam Up (Members Day)
- Sunday April 4th:- Turn on LNER B1 No1306 "Mayflower" (Shackerstone)
- Monday April 5th:- Shackerstone Works Shed Day
- Easter School Hols (March 29th-April 9th):- Various Garden Railway Work
- Sunday April 18th:- Driving Turn (Hopefully Steam) at CMES
- Saturday April 24th:- Turn on LNER B1 No1306 "Mayflower" (Shackerstone)
- Saturday May 1st:- Turn on Thomas the Tank (65th Anniversary Party...Shackerstone)
- Sun/Mon May 2nd/3rd:- Helping out around Shackerstone Steam Dep.
- One Midweek Day in May:- Helping Friends With 0-4-0 "Trojan" at GEC, Binley
As you can see folks, lots to be getting on with between now and the start of May...its all go(!) but great fun!! Thanks for reading. Look out for posts on these events as they occur.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
The 1933-built Pacific is seen above roaring through Platform 5 with the train which ran down into London's Kensington Olympia. However, the beautiful Stanier Pacific returned from London Euston, attacking Camden Bank on her way out of the Capital, recreating 1930's Stanier steam, a spectacle that hasn't been recreated by a real Midland veteran for a long time! (A "Lizzie" on Camden Bank would have been a site to behold, shame it wasn't off to Glasgow or banked by a "Crab" Mogul!). "Lizzie" was preserved in 1962 and since then has chugged many more miles, most of which have been on the main line! For more information on the engine see http://www.6201.co.uk/ . After seeing the Princess, in the rather cramped surroundings of Platform 5, I returned to the local Asda where I met back up with my Mum with the lift home. Thanks for reading folks!! Afternoon All...