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 as pictured!
Our day will start at Loughborough station at around 07.30 for the 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.
The locomotive is now a regular and reliable performer on the preserved Great Central Railway and should look stunning paired with the Railway’s impressive breakdown crane and other prototypical vehicles.
We hope you will wish to join us for what promises to be a great day of steam action with a difference!
Event cost £80.00 per person