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Wednesday 15th January 2020 Great Central Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

A full day’s photography at the GCR with visiting K1 Class 62005 on the Railway's superb van train

Join us for a full day of double-track photography at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire using visiting Eastern Region ‘K1’ Class No.62005 in BR black livery heading the Railway’s excellent van train


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We are delighted to offer the opportunity of a full day’s photography at the Great Central Railway featuring visiting loco ‘K1’ Class 2-6-0 No.62005 in British Railways lined black livery at the head of the Railway’s excellent van train. If the weather is good and time permits, we will also try and include some run-pasts using the mixed goods train.

No.62005 is paying a short working visit to Leicestershire from its home base of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to star at the GCR’s Winter Steam Gala and will undoubtedly be an extremely popular guest. The loco was built in 1949 for British Railways and carries an authentic lined BR black livery.

The whole class of seventy locos went to Eastfield Depot, Glasgow (not all together, of course!) for running in on completion at the Queens Park Works of the North British Locomotive Company. It was allocated to a number of depots during its career including Darlington, York and Tyne Dock before eventual withdrawal from Leeds Holbeck, where the loco was allocated from September 1967 until December 1967. Having survived through being used as a stationary boiler, it was purchased by a consortium which had previously purchased No.3442 The Great Marquess and was initially intended as a spare boiler for the K4. In due course, it was decided that 62005 should be preserved in its own right and, in 1972, the K1 was donated to the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group. No.62005 was overhauled at Thornaby Depot and moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in May 1974, entering traffic the following month. Since then, it has been a regular performer both on the NYMR and on the main line, probably being most associated with the West Highland line in Scotland in recent years.

Our day with 62005 will begin at Loughborough station at 07.30 hours with our usual safety brief  before we car share and head straight to Swithland where our train will be awaiting us. Car sharing to cut down on the number of cars we have to park and, for those who do not know where they are going, we will arrange for you to follow someone who does know the way. Breakfast will be available from 06.30 onwards.

We would like to thank the locomotive’s owners, the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG), and the Great Central Railway for allowing these charters to take place. The ‘K1’ is an extremely popular locomotive and we hope you will wish to join us to photograph 62005 with an authentic goods train formation on double track in January 2020.

*Images are for illustration purposes only.

Event requirements


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


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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