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Monday 18th October 2021 Great Central Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Join us for a day with BR-liveried Black Five 45305 hauling a rake of red and cream passenger stock

Join us for a full day of photography at the Great Central Railway using BR-liveried 45305 hauling a rake of carmine and cream coaches. STARTING FROM LOUGHBOROUGH NOW & TRAVELLING ON THE TRAIN


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About this event

We are pleased to offer a full day of photography using the Great Central Railway’s resident ‘5MT’ Class 4-6-0 No.45305 hauling a rake of carmine and cream Mark I passenger stock. 

Originally planned to meet at Swithland sidings we will NOW meet at Loughborough Station for our safety and Covid-19 briefing and then travel on the train. We will then travel to Swithland Sidings to commence photography. we will also visit other locations around Swithland such as the approach to and departure from Quorn & Woodhouse Eves and around Kinchley Lane and Rabbit Bridge.

No.45305 was built as 5305 for the LMS by Newcastle-on-Tyne contractors Armstrong Whitworth in 1937 as part of the largest batch of steam locos ever constructed by a British company. It was withdrawn for scrap from Preston’s Lostock Hall Depot near the close of British Railways main line steam in Summer 1968 and was to have been the last steam locomotive cut up by Drapers of Hull. A last-minute reprieve meant the loco was saved for preservation and it has made many appearances on main line steam specials over the years since its first return to steam on 12th June 1976. In 1984, the engine was named Alderman A E Draper after the two-time mayor of Hedon who was responsible for securing 45305 for preservation and the locomotive carried this name for several years. The Black Five is approaching the close of its current boiler ticket which is due to expire in late 2020.

The locomotive is owned by Albert Draper & Sons Limited and is maintained by the 5305 Locomotive Association to whom we are grateful for allowing the use of their engine on this charter. No.45305 carries lined BR black livery which allows us to recreate authentic scenes from the late-1950s and 1960s.

The Griddle Car will now be open all day offering a selection of food and hot drinks.

Full timings will be advised with the joining instructions though we expect an early start to ensure we make the best use of any available light and run until sunset. After a photographic charter famine for much of this year, we hope this event will give us a good start to 2021. This should be an excellent day out recreating the later period of British Railways main line steam and we hope you will wish to join us for an enjoyable charter at the Great Central Railway.

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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