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Monday 9th September 2019 Great Central Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Class 17 'Clayton' pulling a Mixed Freight on the GCR Mainline

The sole remaining class 17 ‘Clayton’ diesel loco D8568 on the Great Central Railway mixed freight.


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About this event

The sole remaining class 17 ‘Clayton’ diesel loco D8568 will be visiting the Great Central Railway and in a joint event Timeline Events with EMRPS are pleased to offer a full day of photography with this unique loco on a mixed freight. The loco was withdrawn from Polmadie in Scotland in 1972 and was sold to the Hemelite Cement Company of Harpenden. In 1977, the loco was sold on again, this time to the Ribble Cement Company and was transferred to their Clitheroe site. The industrial use of this loco ensured its survival, and in 1983 it was sold into preservation and was moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The loco is owned by the Diesel Traction Group and is today usually based at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. It currently carries a version of two-tone BR green with full yellow ends, typical of how this loco and other members of this class appeared in the late 1960s / early 1970s period, which is ideal to partner with some of the GCR’s grey and bauxite wagons.

The charter will start early morning and we will have lineside access to take in many of the GCR’s excellent photo locations. With a short break part way through the day, we will continue until the early evening. The train will be posed and will perform run-pasts as required to suit the needs of the attending photographers. Participants will need to make their own way between locations, and where possible, car sharing will be encouraged. Details of locations, how to get to them and where to park will be given to all participants on the day.

So for anyone that enjoys railway photography and a rarity of such a visiting loco this is a must do event.

Event requirements


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

Other things you should bring

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


  • Medium

Other essentials

  • High vis jacket
  • Sturdy outdoor shoes

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