Somerset, London and Leicestershire
What do those three locations have in common? They are all currently hosting engines in our care: the Black Five No. 45305 is still at Loughborough, providing motive power to the GCR and delighting the crews, many of whom are fans of Stanier Engines having “grown up” with them. She is due to visit the Wensleydale Railway later in the year (Not the Weardale Railway as wrongly reported elsewhere)
Of course the two diesels are also at Loughborough; the peak is in traffic and sees regular work, while the NRM’s class 33 is receiving electrical attention but we are hoping to finish the work and get her back into traffic soon.
Meanwhile the NRM’s Britannia No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” is at Southall ready for main line work – she went to Lincoln the other day and is due to go to Sheringham at the weekend.
The Arthur (the NRM’s other steam loco in our care) No. 30777 “Sir Lamiel” is down on the West Somerset Railway ready for their gala. She had a dress rehearsal last weekend. One of our members; Tim Barrett sent these photos with the accompanying message “Spent the weekend at the WSR and was one of the privileged few to enjoy the sound of 777 working up the hills. Fantastic weekend as the sun always shines on the righteous!” Many thanks to Tim for sending the photos, and to the other volunteers who went to the WSR to ‘mind’ the engine.