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Ribble Steam Railway - Autumn Gala 2011


17/09/2011 - A saturday morning with heavy showers and only a couple of hours to spare to visit because of work commitments in the early afternoon - just time to take a few snaps around the swing bridge area before leaving just after noon.
3 engines in steam - Guest engine 0-4-0 Fulstow No2, plus 0-4-0 John Howe & 0-6-0 Walkden
Arriving in time at 10.30 to watch the demo goods with Fulstow and John Howe and two passenger services with Fulstow plus John Howe & Walkden in various combinations.
Alas, I would have liked to stop the day for a full visit but still a nice visit despite the horrid weather on the way home.

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The "Fellsman" & "Mersey Moorlander" 2011


The "Fellsman" - A series of summer steam hauled midweek runnings from Carnforth to Carlisle via Blackburn, Hellifield & the Settle & Carlisle Railway and return.
Engines running are from the WCRC pool based at Carnforth.
The "Mersey Moorlander" A new series of runs over the S&C & back down the WCML, steam hauled from Preston on Mondays during August.
20/07/2011 - The first of the series this year and hauled by 46115 "Scots Guardman" captured on the return between Clitheroe & Whalley at Barrow footcrossing. - The wreath on the smokebox in memory of John Shuttleworth
27/07/2011 - 2nd running of the season and 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge again. Failing at Carlisle the tour & engine are dragged back by class 47 - 47760. Captured at Wilpshire & Whalley viaduct on the return
01/08/2011 - The first of a monday August steam trip with the "Mersey Moorlander" up the S & C pulled by LMS Black 5 - 45305 seen leaving Whalley behind at Barrow footcrossing
03/08/2011 - The 3rd running of "The Fellsman" with LMS Black 5 44932 in charge, captured at Hougton heading for Blackburn and Billington on the return.
08/08/2011 - The 2nd "Mersey Moorlander" again headed by LMS Black 5 - 45305 on Whalley Viaduct in damp & cloudy conditions and returning at Brock on the WCML
10/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 on the 4th Fellsman working the climb at Hougton & returning in dreadful conditions at Whalley station
15/08/2011 - Britannia Class - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" heads the 3rd running of the "Mersey Moorlander" caught coasting at Billington heading towards Hellifield
17/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 in charge again on the 5th "Fellsman" approaching Pleasington station
24/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 again caught at Hougton on the 6th running of the series of "The Fellsman"
31/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 again captured at Barrow and chased from Selside to Ribblehead with No.7 Fellsman
07/09/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 45231 takes a turn on "The Fellsman" seen west of Wilpshire station
14/09/2011 - The finale of the "Fellsman" with LMS Black 5 - 45231 again captured at Whalley station and exiting Wilpshire tunnel on the return journey.

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2011


26/03/2011 - Another slow start for the year - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" shooting north on the WCML leaving Bilsborrow, this being the first steam excursion seen by me due to work commitments, other than Tangmere on a test run - (see seperate collection.)
16/04/2011 - 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" at Copy Pit & leaving Cherry Tree with a running of "The Red Rose" from Tyseley to Blackburn & return.
28/04/2011 - Black 5 45231 "Sherwood Forester" on a test run from Carnforth to Hellifield & return
12/05/2011 - Black 5`s 45407 & 44871 working around Preston on the "Cathedrals Explorer"
19/05/2011 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" heads the Cumbrian Mountain Express at Selside
21/05/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" tackling the S&C near Selside on the "Rail Tourer"
21/05/2011 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" returning south at Billington with a CME
08/06/2011 - 60163 "Tornado" on a ECS move along the WCML from Grosmont to Didcot.
25/06/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardman leaving Bilsborrow behind with a running of the CME
02/07/2011 - Black 5 - 45305 on Lobb Mill Viaduct, Todmorden with the "Coast to Coast Express"
23/07/2011 - Black 5 - 45305 on a "Cumbrian Mountain Express" @ Ribblehead, Hellifield and Langho
24/07/2011 - Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" on the "Waverley" at Bell Busk and Long Preston
30/07/2011 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on a CME on the WCML @ Fowler Lane & Bilsborrow plus returning west of Langho
30/07/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" leaving Hellifield with the returning 2nd "Waverley" of the season
13/08/2011 - LMS 8F - 48151 on a returning "Lakelander" at Arnside.
13/08/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 44932 on a returning "Waverley" at Ribblehead and also leaving Hellifield
20/08/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 45305 again on a CME at Billington
25/08/2011 - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell at the head of "The Cathedrals Express" at Barrow.
27/08/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 45305 again on a CME at Billington replacing 70013
03/09/2011 - LMS Black 5 44932 working the "Lune Rivers Trust" special at Langho
01/10/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" running with "The Train of Hope" special leaving Leyland
12/11/2011 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on day 1 of "The Royal Scot" approaching Shap
11/12/2011 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on the "York Yuletide Express" at Hall Royd Junction.

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GCR "Golden Oldies" Gala - 2011


Sunday 29/05/2011 - This year it turned out to be a dull weekend for this years "Old timers" steam gala.
Run on similar lines to the previous years gala with "Bellerophon" & 32662 "Martello" as this years new guest engines plus "Rocket""Planet" & "Furness No20" back on the tracks again with LMS Jinty - 47406 & LNER N7 - 1744 also making up the numbers from the GCR stock.
Like last year - a very interesting gala spent mostly linesiding at Woodthorpe bridge plus a stroll to Charnwater Park for a different location and not a gala to be missed.

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NYMR 175th Anniversary Gala Spring - 2011


Sunday 08/05/2011 and the last day of a 10 day gala promising lots of engines in steam. I arrived early at Pickering for the freight, only to find it had been cancelled and it was raining as well.
With time now to spare I decided on moving up the line to Water Ark arriving just as the shuttle went past. It did get better as some nice pictures were achieved and it did stop raining and the sun came out !. At lunch time a move was on the way towards Levisham for some food stopping off at Moorgates on the way.
Engines running which I saw included 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" Black 5 44767 "George Stevenson" SR 4-6-0 No.827, Br Std 4 - 76079. Br std Tank - 80072, GWR Tank - 6619 & 2-2-0 No.9 "Planet" and newly named 9f - 92214 "Cock o the North" - (not sure if I like it)
Other engines used in the gala included another 4 black 5`s.44871, 45212, 45407 & 45428, SR Schools Class "Repton", Replica of "Rocket" plus 63395 & 69023 "Joem" & Super D 49395
A massive line up !
enjoyable day out

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ELR - Deltic 50 Celebrations - 2011


25/04/2011 - Last of a 4 day event over the Easter period whenThe East Lancashire Railway was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the esteemed and iconic English Electric Type 5 main line diesel locomotive. "
55 022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ were working services throughout each day, running either individually, some top and tailed and some double headed combinations in between two steam services on a three path rota.
A round trip from Rawtenstall to Bury & back behind D9000 outward & doubleheaded on the way back was my plan for the day.
Steam Engines running were BR Std Tank 80080 & BR Std 5 73129
A different dayout for me behind the beasts ... and sunshine as well !!

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ELR Small Engines Weekend - 2011


09/04/2011 - Saturday And a beautiful warm sunny day for a slight twist on the normal timetable were small engines were the flavour of the day.
Newly arrived austerity 0-6-0 "Sapper" was the incentive for me to make a visit to this event. Also running full length of the line were Std Tank 80080 & Type twenty diesel 20087.
Bury Bolton Street station had push pull trains to Baron street shed gates pulled by a variety of shunters and Peckett 1370 "May"
Shunters included MSC4002 & Class 08 shunter - 08479 which did a trip to Ramsbottom as a last trip of the day plus shunters - 08700, D3232, D2062 & D2656
Something different and another good day out.

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Chasewater Railway - Spring Gala 2011


19/03/2011 - The first day of a two day spring gala held in lovely sunshine at this small colliery line which runs in a country park in between two large reservoirs running in a lage semi circle in over a mile in length from two beautifully maintained stations, sheds & museum.
Steam Engines running 0-4-0 "Asbestos"(2780), 0-4-0 Andrew Barclay(1964). 0-4-0 WG Bagnall "Linda"(2648), 0-4-0 "Colin McAndrew"(1223) plus on display but failed 0-6-0 Nechells No4 (7684)
Diesel shunters running Br Class 08 - D3429, 0-4-0 Bass No9 & Hunslett 0-4-0 6678
Excellent gala and a great place for a family day out.

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ELR February Steam Gala - 2011


26/02/2011 - A chilly breezy afternoon with lots of sunny periods brightened up even more by some of the locomotives running at the ELR February Steam weekend.
Working in the morning and the following day meant just a afternoon at Burrs cutting (on the right side of the fence) capturing the action.
Engines running, and a first for this railway - 2 BR Std Tank 2-6-4 locomotives - 80072 & 80080 plus BR Std 5 - 73129, 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" & Ivatt 2 MT 46443.
Enjoyable afternoon out !!

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ELR Brief Encounters


A evening photoshoot at Bury Station on the East Lancashire Railway on saturday 19/02/2011
Different from the shed shoots I have been to in the past. This was trying to set the scene of the late 1950`s/ early 1960`s on the station with members of the Railway dressed in period dress and the use of two engines with different carriage stock.
The damp atmosphere, wet platform edges from earlier rain and lots of steam from 73129 all added to the ambiance of the night.
I would like to thank the ELR staff and volunteers who acted the parts for their time to make it a very enjoyable evening taking pictures,

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34067 "Tangmere" Test run


08/02/2011 - It was a lovely sunny feburary day for Bullied Pacific 4-6-2 'West Country' class 34067 "Tangmere"to do a loaded test run from the workshops at Carnforth to Hellifield, Blackburn and back to Carnforth.
Pictures from Wennington, approaching Long Preston. Hellifield station, Nappa & the footcrossing at Billington plus a lovely drive out through the north lancashire countryside.
10/02/2011 - Problems with a steam injector meant another run around the circuit instead of heading south. Having waited in a field for over an hour in the morning next to the WCML to catch it passing, I knew sometghing was wrong when a WCRC Class 47 came past with the coaching stock.
Headed home to find a re- run was on and a chance to catch it again at the spot at Billington were I arrived at the last second on tuesday.
Held at Horrockford junction, it past on time but with leaking cylinders!

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K&WV Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2011


Friday 11/02/2011 and the first of a three day steam gala on the K&WV Railway. I arrived in very dull conditions around 10.00 am and the weather slowly improvedd during the course of the day untill I had to leave mid afternoon for a shift at work.
Engines running included 2 Black 5 guest engines - 44871 & 44767"George Stevenson" plus LMS 0-6-0 Jinty - 47279 & L&Y 0-6-0 N0 957 and WD 8f 90733
Nice morning out on the railway

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Ribble Steam Railway Winter Gala 2011


Saturday 12/02/2011 and a fine sunny day for a first day of a weekend at the feburary steam gala at the Ribble Steam Railway.
Two small industrial engines were guests for this gala - Pecket 0-4-0 No.1370 "May" from the ELR and Bagnall 0-4-0 saddle tank "Linda" from the Battlefield line plus two home industrial running - 0-4-0 "John Howe" & 0-6-0 "Walkden"
I arrived late morning to find the gala in full flight with all four engines double heading or top & tailing plus early & late freight demos
A ride along the short line by myself was followed with me taking pictures from around the swingbridge area.
Work comittments meant an early departure mid afternoon but I was not disappointed by my short visit.

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ELR Winter Steam Gala - 2011


Saturday 22/01/2011 - A gloomy start to the day with the sun threatening to break through but never actually did.
The gala started with a very well attended photo shoot at Burrs Country park with 2-6-0 Ivatt 2mt - 46443 on a mixed freight set doing lots of run pasts to the gallery.
Other engines in steam - 71000"Duke Of Gloucester"
BR Std caprotti 5 - 73129
Black 5-44871.
Black 5 - 45337 was failed at very short notice with boiler problems but it didnt detracted from a very good day out as usual.

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GCR - Winter Gala (The Banbury Cross) 2011


29/01/2011 - The final day of a three day event on the Great Central Railway for their winter steam gala which featured engines from most region of British Railways. Hence it was called "The Banbury Cross" a place were all these region would cross.
8 engines in steam on sunday with regular passenger services on the double tracks with freight , mineral and mail trains running between these slots meant lots to see and lots of traffic to photograph.
Engines running - 30777 "Sir Lamiel," 61994 "The Great Marquess" LMS Black 5 - 45305, 4953"Pitchford Hall," 3717"City of Truro" GWR 2-6-2 Tank -5526, 0-4-2 GWR 14XX class - 1450 + Autocoach & GWR 2-8-0 No 3850.
Great day out lineside at Woodthorpe & Kinchley Lane

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2010


After a slow start to the year, it turned out quite busy

18/03/2010 - LMS 2-8-0 8F 48151 travels alongside the flood plains of the River Ribble approaching Long Preston on a test run.
19/03/2010 - "The Roaring Monster" - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell"at Denthead Viaduct and speeding along past Barton on a Cumbria Mountain Express towards Lancaster and onto Carlisle
27/03/2010 - 48151 pilots 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" out of Standedge Tunnel with the "Help for Heros" steam special from Carnforth to York
08/04/2010 - Black 5 - 44871 pilots 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" pass by at Farington on the Great Britain III
14/04/2010 - 60163 "Tornado" passes Leyland truck factory heading towards Preston and at Arnside viaduct with the "Cumbrian Coast Tornado"
17/04/2010 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" and support coach wait at Hellifield station and Sheriffs Brow with "The Hadrian" onto Carlisle and round to York
24/04/2010 - LMS 8F - 48151 approaches Hellifield with the "Steaming Through the Dales" excursion from Whitby to Carnforth
22/05/2010 - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" now painted in LMS lined black heads north bound from Crewe to Carlisle with the "Royal Scot" seen here passing Leyland Trucks at Farington south junction and freturning at barton footbridge.
02/06/2010 - LMS 8F 48151 in charge on the first running of the season of the "Fellsman" approaching Billington foot crossing.
05/06/2010 - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" with the "Flyde Coast Express" heading to Blackpool at Darkinson Lane, west of Preston
24/06/2010 - 60163 "Tornado" opening up coming off Whalley Viaduct at Billington footcrossing heading towards Blackburn with the rescheduled "Border Raider"
30/06/2010 - Closer shot of Black 5 44932 on a loaded ECS test run approaching Long Preston ,Hellifield. and Wilpshire.
03/07/2010 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" and train rushes northbound on the WCML at Fowler Lane with the "Cumbria Coast Explorer"and returning at Billington
17/07/2010 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" approaching the summit of Copy Pit with a re-run of the failed "Cotton Mills Express" earlier in the year
24/07/2010 - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland"rushes towards Pleasington station in very poor drizzly conditions with a CME heading for Liverpool
25/07/2010 - 2-8-0 8F 48151 replaces the failed 46115 at the last minute on the Waverley, Seen here approaching Hellifield.
28/07/2010 - 8F 48151 rushes down the mainline at Flag Lane, Farington on "The Welsh Mountaineer" from Preston to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
28/07/2010 - 5690 "Leander" at Farington junction and coming off Whalley Viaduct with "The Fellsman" heading for Settle & Carlisle.
31/07/2010 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth"starts the climb to Wilpshire passing out of Billington on the "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
02/08/2010 -5972 "Oulton Hall" in "Hogwarts Castle" guise approaches Hellifield station on a Carnforth to York movement.
07/08/2010 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" in Barton googs loop and getting into its stride on the WCML at Barton footbridge with the "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
11/08/2010 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" returning on the 4th "Fellsman" tour. Captured here approaching the footcrossing at Barrow between Clitheroe & Whalley
18/08/2010 - 48151 returns on the "Fellsman" heading towards Whalley at Barrow footcrossing
21/08/2010 - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" approaching Whalley at the first of the two footcrossing at Barrow on the returning "Cumbria Mountain Express" to Liverpool
22/08/2010 - Black 5 44932 at Blea Moor with a running of "The Waverley"
25/08/2010 - 5690 "Leander" back in the charge of this weeks "Fellsman" hauling the outgoing train out of Whalley at Barrow (Spread Eagle) footcrossing and returning at Standen hey, Clitheroe
28/08/2010 - 6233"Duchess of Sutherland"coasts out of Clitheroe at Standen Hey crossing with the last run of the "Cumbrian Mountain Express" season for 2010
29/08/2010 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" heads away from Bell Busk and Helwith Bridge with a running of the Waverley from York to Carlisle
01/09/2010 - 5690 "Leander" at Standen Hey Crossing on the "Fellsman" at Standen Hey Crossing approaching Clitheroe and retuening leaving Langho behind.
04/09/2010 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" hauls "The Lune Rivers Trust" special off Whalley viaduct at Billington footcrossing
05/09/2010 - The last of this seasons "Waverley" and Black 5 - 44871 returns pulling its load onto Ribblehead Viaduct in the failing evening twilight
08/09/2010 - 5690 "Leander" again heads the "Fellsman" seen here at Barrow footcrossing on a misty morning running 30 mins late and rurning across whalley viaduct in failing light.
15/09/2010 - Last of the summer "Fellsman" with 5690 "Leander"storming Whalley Banks on the return at Langho station
18/09/2010 - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" approaches Long Preston and also at Hellifield with "The Tyne Valley Tourer" in poor drizzly conditions
19/09/2010 - Newly restored Black 5 - 45337 arrives at Ramsbottom with its train on the first day in revenue earning service.
15/10/2010 - Castle Class 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" heads northup the WCML towards Carnforth with support coach passing Leyland Trucks
30/12/2010 - Black 5 44871 pilots Jubilee 5690 "Leander" on the Winter Cumbrian Mountain express seen here bursting under the bridge at the summit of the S & C at Ais Gill

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Christmas Fellsman 2010 with LMS Jubilee 5690 "Leander"


27/11/2010 - A beautiful sunny freezing cold day with a light sprinkling of snow overnight in places meant perfect conditions for photography and a chase following LMS Jubilee class - 5690 "Leander" along the Blackburn branch to Hellifield and up the S&C as far as Selside in the winter sunshine with the "Fellsman"on the way to Carlisle.
This trip coinceded with the retirement of Bill Andrew who has been on the footplate of steam locos on the mainline for sixty years, this being his last trip in charge on the footplate.
Lovely morning out and enjoy your retirement Bill !

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Churnet Valley Railway & Moorland & City Railways Cauldon Lowe Branch re-opening Gala


13/11/2010 - Oh what a fun day I had !! -Not a day for photography but traveling on the line.
I arrived at Froghall at just after 10.00 am and queued and bought my rover ticket. Went onto the station and boarded what I thought was the local train to Cheddleton thinking I missed the first train to Cauldon Lowe. The train was full but I managed to find a seat with no problems. The train set off and the TTI inspected my ticket and said I shouldnt be on that train as it was a fully "booked in advance train" .... and asked me to alight at Consall which I did without objecting. Little did I know of the coach failure and this was the first train running 40 mins late.
Caught the waiting DMU set back to Froghall pulled by Eddystone and seeing the crowds at Froghall waiting decided to stop on board for the ride back to Cheddleton behind the DMU.
At Cheddleton I waited or the next train to Cauldon Lowe which was behind Eddystone. On boarding. I got no further than the carriage doorway as we were packed in like sardines and couldnt get into the carriage.
The schuduled banker was changed to a diesel but what a lovely ride up the line for what I saw through a door window.... well done to all concerned !!
The pull back to Cheddleton was mainly uneventfull behind the diesel with a few getting off the train at Cheddleton and reviving the jam slightly for the run to Froghall.
Might not have been on the first train to Cauldon Lowe but was the first to been thrown off a train on the line to Cauldon Lowe (albeit nicely).
Engines running - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" ,34028 "Eddystone" Black 5 - 44767 "George Stevenson" LMS 8F 8624 & Type 33 Diesel 33021
All in all - enjoyed my day out - will be back again on a quieter day

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2010


23/10/2010 - A rainy saturday afternoon at Burrs watching the action at the East Lancashire Railway - Autumn Steam festival with special guest engine - new build A1 - 60163 "Tornado" & BR Std 5 73129 plus LMS Jubilee 5960 "Leander" back for a return visit. Other engines running included 71000 "Duke of Gloucester and newly restored Black 5 - 45337.
Just 5 engines in total but any more wernt required as these 5 put on some great performances along the Burrs straight in various combinations making up for standing around in the rain and showers - nice afternoon out !
24/10/2010 - Sunday and a complete contrast in weather with brillient sunshine and remains of frost from the night before gave perfect conditions for photography. So I headed for the Irewell Vale area before traveling to Ramsbottom and then home.
Great morning out - just a pity I had to work later in the day.

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GCR - "Eastern Feel" Autumn Steam Gala 2010


Sunday, last day of three for the "Steam Railway" magazine sponcered "Eastern Feel " steam gala and the sun broke through the cloud towards midday for a glorious gala.
I wanted to catch the action line side and made my way to Kinchley lane were about 20 photers were already there. This grew to over 100 I reckon wanting to capture the action of a full extended timetable of freight and passenger services using the double line.
Engines running -
•Visiting unique BR Standard 8 No. 71000 'Duke of Gloucester'
•Visiting sole surviving D49 No. 246 'Morayshire'
•Visiting sole surviving K4 No. 61994 'The Great Marquess'
•Visiting sole surviving J72 No. 69023 'Joem'
•GCR O4 No. 63601
•BR Standard 2 No. 78019 running as scrapped classmate 78054
•Pitchford hall replacing failed GNR N2 tank 1744
•Newly restored Black 5 - 45305
It was Sunday 10/10/2010 and another 10/10 for this Classic Gala !!

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