Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Classic Diesels at the Great Central Railway, 28th October 2012

A selection of pictures of classic diesels in Sunday service at the Great Central Railway. Further coverage.

Metro-Cammell Class 101 50321 (April 1958) leads into Quorn & Woodhouse with the 09:40 from Loughborough. 
The 101 is a power-twin, and here 51427 (February 1959) leads the return 10:10 from Leicester North, arriving at Quorn.
D123 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (Crewe, October 1961, later ETH fitted 45125) arrives at Rothley with the 13:00 from Loughborough. 28th October was its 50th anniversary of its release into traffic allocated to 17A Derby.
MADE IN LOUGHBOROUGH. D1705 Sparrowhawk (Brush, November 1965 as a Class 48, later 47117) and D5830 (Brush, January 1962, later 31297 then, from February 1985, 31463 & 31563).
37198 is seen at Quorn & Woodhouse, and is expected to leave the GCR shortly - likely for use at a Network Rail location. The locomotive is the fifth Class 37 owned by Network Rail, and was formerly preserved, initially by BRE Ltd at Wensleydale, but ended up at EMR Kingsbury (a scrapping location) in November 2007, then was moved to the GCR in April 2008. 37255 of Nemesis Rail was also present.
45041 Royal Tank Regiment (built as D53 at Crewe, June 1962) has arrived at the Great Central from the Midland Railway Centre, and has received electrical repairs.