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Wednesday 9th October Great Central Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

A shoot with the Great Central Railway’s impressive steam crane hauled by No.73156

Join us for a rare opportunity to photograph the Great Central Railway’s impressive steam crane as part of a breakdown train formation with appropriate vans, ballast wagon and brake, hauled by BR 73156


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About this event

With grateful thanks to the owners of No.73156, the Bolton Steam Locomotive Company Limited, and our hosts the Great Central Railway, we are delighted to offer an unusual opportunity to photograph a steam-hauled breakdown train with a consist comprising two or three covered vans, a brakevan, a ballast wagon and, perhaps most importantly, the GCR’s impressive steam crane! 

Our day will start at Loughborough station at around 08.00, but please arrive around 07.30 for the traditional but most important safety briefing prior to our photography getting under way. As this is a goods train formation, we will not be able to travel by train so we will be driving to locations by road. We will do our best to ensure all participants are either travelling with someone who knows where they are heading, or following someone who knows the locations. 

No.73156 was one of 172 Standard Class 5 locomotives, of which 130 were built at Derby Works and 42 at Doncaster Works, from where 73156 emerged new in December 1956. As such the locomotive was amongst the last few hundred of the steam types built. No.73156 was intended for use on passenger and goods services and as such was ʻmixed trafficʼ power class 5. During the course of its service with British Railways, the locomotive saw extensive use on express passenger, local passenger, parcels trains, long distance fast freight services and more humble duties. Originally allocated to Neasden Depot to work services out of London Marylebone, other sheds included Leicester Central, Woodford Halse and Leamington Spa. Withdrawal came from

Bolton Depot when the locomotive had been in service for just eleven years, having accumulated only 325,000 miles in traffic

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc


  • All levels welcome


  • Medium

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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