Going Loco!     The Great Central Railway, Past and Present
by John Neave

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Past and Present - Southern 4-6-2 "West Country" 7P5F

Southern region locos were very unusual on the GCR, for example only seen on football excursions.

A special RCTS train from London ran on 13th August 1966 with unrebuilt "spam-can" 34002 Salisbury, and is seen here at Nottingham Victoria (1).


What an unusual sight at Nottingham
- 34002 "Salisbury"
At my favourite site on the GCR, and with a
fine exhaust visible, 34039 "Boscastle" passes
Woodthorpe (9) on 4th May 1996

Several rebuilt "West Country" locos have worked on the GCR in preservation. 34039 "Boscastle" was the first main line engine to arrive at Loughborough in 1973 and was rebuilt and entered traffic in 1992, and has been a regular performer on the line ever since.

34101 "Hartland" arrived partially rebuilt in 1991 and was steamed in 1994. 34027 "Taw Valley", from the Severn Valley Railway, was a visitor at Christmas 2000.


34101 "Hartland" storms past Woodthorpe on
15th Oct 1994 with the "Windcutter" wagons
The "Harry Potter- Hogwarts Express" red livery is
fortunately not obvious in this backlit view of
34027 "Taw Valley" on 29th Dec 2000

Southern 4-6-2 "Merchant Navy" 8P

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