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Great Central Railway General Matters

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Reading General, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Flying Phil

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    I have just been reading about this on the GCR website...
    Drive A Deltic Experience
    We are happy to announce that in conjunction with the DPS we will be holding Drive A Deltic Experiences with 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier.

    All the four "slots" in September have been sold out but it will be good to hear that Napier roar again on the GCR.
     
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    This was a surprise at the GCR Diesel Gala yesterday - a three car blue railcar!

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    The set is now augumented by a Class 117 TCL that I believe came from the WSR (?), which has had one of the toilets and adjacent seating area converted into a mini buffet...

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    I don't think it has been on the railway long and required a full repaint in blue before it could be used....
     
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    Be interesting to see what the interior looks like, wonder if there’s a GC equivalent of Mr Valentine in there? :)
     
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    I did have a quick look in the First Class section (where the Buffet counter is) when I travelled on it on Saturday and it looked fairly smart. There is a photo of the interior in the latest edition of Main Line.
    Seems that car and a 117 Driving Motor Second (51396) - which appears to need a lot more work - are there as "part of a storage contract for a third party", though mention of "purchase" is made regarding the DMS, so whether that applies to the TCL as well, isn't stated. Both only arrived at the GCR in "early July", so they have turned the TCL out fairly quickly.
     
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    Four more Deltic experience days were added.......
    • Thursday 16th September - SOLD OUT
    • Friday 17th September - SOLD OUT
    • Monday 20th September - SOLD OUT
    • Monday 11th October - SOLD OUT
    • Tuesday 12th October - SOLD OUT
    • Friday 15th October - SOLD OUT
    • Monday 25th October - SOLD OUT
    • Tuesday 26th October - SOLD OUT................obviously people like Deltics!!
     
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    I saw that the Std 2 No 78018 has returned from the Swanage Railway......off -loaded at Quorn yesterday
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    The single chimney 9F No 92134 has arrived together with 3802 for the Gala. There is a double headed 9F turn scheduled on Sat and Sunday. Details on the GCR website.
     
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    Nice and busy at Loughborough today!
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    I see from the page giving details of this coming Saturdays (9th Oct) Quorn Bus Event that the visiting GWR 2-8-0 3802 is due to be in service again for that, along with 48305, D8098 and one of the DMUs.
     
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    The Bus event was very busy with four trains running and about 25 buses at Quorn with a bus shuttle service to Lbro.
     
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    Just to update this info, the Class 117 TCL is apparently on loan to the Renaissance Railcars Group for a period of 3 years after they managed to restore/return it to operation in a very short timescale. It may be purchased by the group thereafter.
    It was out in service (with operating buffet section) for the Quorn bus event yesterday and I did have a ride in the (rather comfortable) nominally first class section where the buffet is located.

    As Phil has put in the previous post, the LTHT organised bus event was very busy yesterday, as was the railway itself. Having parked at Rothley and done a couple of runs from there to Leicester North first thing, I didn't get to Quorn until about 11.30 and couldn't believe the number of people in the yard there - by far the most I've seen at one of the bus events. The route 70 trips into Loughboro' were every 20 mins and even they were being operated by pairs of double-deckers! It did get a bit quieter during the afternoon though. Nice to find the "tin shed" was open selling Nottingham Brewery products, despite that not being mentioned on the website as one of the attractions!!

    Seemed to be a few people out for visiting 3802 as well.....

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