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GCR First Hurrah 7th & 8th November

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by Paul.Uni, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. Paul.Uni

    Paul.Uni Member

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    Locos in use:
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    • D123 Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry (Saturday only)
    • D8098 (Sunday only)
    Plus a DMU.

    Info from https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/first-hurrah-2020/
     
  2. Johann Marsbar

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    Their FB page indicates that full details of the event should be posted on the GCR website today (Tue 13/10) and tickets will be available for purchase as well.
    It also mentions that the DMU will be being used on the Mountsorrel branch that weekend as part of the event.
     
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    Details are now posted on the GCR website.
    Not quite what I was expecting, but its basically a 2.5 hour trip originating at Quorn and hauled by the 4 steam locos at various times during the trip. They are operating a train of open stock as well as a compartment rake.
    Mountsorrel DMU trips are available as a seperate add-on.
     
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    Its a different way of doing things with almost a days worth of travelling condensed into 2.5 hours. Presumably at the end of your journey, you'll be expected to leave the site and make space for the next set of passengers?
     
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    I assume there will be attractions in Quorn yard - ie the Beer tent - to occupy visitors after or before their trips, but I expect you will have to vacate the platform area once your train arrives. There is supposed to be a goods train running as well, so that is presumably primarily being put on for customers at Quorn to watch as an added attraction rather than for anyone lurking elsewhere along the lineside and not travelling on the trains.
    Hopefully it will be able to go ahead, but if BoJo the Clown decides to have a 2 week "circuit break" lockdown to encompass the school holiday period, then it's going to end up being seriously affected/axed.....
     
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    Booked a couple of tickets for the Saturday, so lets hope it all goes ahead now.....
     
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    The Windcutter rake is due to run on Nov 7th, diesel hauled.
     
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    But is the event actually going to happen?
    All eyes on BoJo the Clown at 17.00 today I think.....
     
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    Not surprisingly....

    National "lockdown" from 5th November to 2nd December 2020
    Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a new national lockdown beginning on 5th November, our First Hurrah event is postponed.Customers who have booked online for this event will be contacted by e-mail before the close of business on Monday 2nd November with options regarding their booking.Thank you for your support during these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you back to the railway soon as the situation improves.
     
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    According to the e-mail received today, the GCR are hoping to reschedule the event for sometime in January 2021 - along with the "Storming Stanier" event as well.
     
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    They appear to be aiming the resceduled "First Hurrah" event for the last weekend in January - 30/31 Jan - which would have been the usual weekend for the Winter Gala.
     

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