Misty morning in Stenson

Misty morning in Stenson

Looking down the road to Lock 19, Trent & Mersey Canal

Longboats

Longboats

Lock 19, Trent & Mersey Canal

Lock 19

Lock 19

Lock 19, Trent & Mersey Canal

All in a night's work

All in a night's work

Lock 19, Trent & Mersey Canal

All in a night's work (2)

All in a night's work (2)

Lock 19, Trent & Mersey Canal

One for the ages

One for the ages

Our friend Ian made arrangements for footplate passes on the Great Central Railway. We happily employed them for round trip passage between Loughborough and Leicester North aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214. Driver Albert Fennell is ready to get underway from Loughborough Central on an experience that will be one for the ages.

Watching for the right away

Watching for the right away

Looking back from the cab of BR 92214, fireman Peter Skinner watches for the right away to depart Loughborough Central with the 10:00 Great Central train to Leicester North.

On the footplate

On the footplate

Fireman Peter Skinner at work aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214 on the 10:00 Great Central train from Loughborough Central to Leicester North.

On the footplate (2)

On the footplate (2)

Fireman Peter Skinner at work aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214 on the 10:00 Great Central train from Loughborough Central to Leicester North.

On the footplate (3)

On the footplate (3)

Fireman Peter Skinner at work aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214 on the 10:00 Great Central train from Loughborough Central to Leicester North.

9F and morning mist

9F and morning mist

BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 92214 at speed south of Quorn

By the firelight

By the firelight

Fireman Peter Skinner, JAB and BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 92214 at speed south of Quorn.

On the footplate (4)

On the footplate (4)

Fireman Peter Skinner at work aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214 on the 10:00 Great Central train from Loughborough Central to Leicester North.

On the footplate (5)

On the footplate (5)

Fireman Peter Skinner at work aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214 on the 10:00 Great Central train from Loughborough Central to Leicester North.

Fireman

Fireman

Fireman Peter Skinner aboard BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92214

Steaming into Rothley

Steaming into Rothley

Driver Albert Fennell and BR 92214 on the bell at Rothley.

Token exchange

Token exchange

Fireman Peter Skinner reaches across the cab of BR 92214 to hand the token to driver Albert Fenner. In the background, BR Class No. 45041 eases into Quorn on the rear of a Loughborough-bound train.

On the main

On the main

Driver Albert Fennell at the throttle of BR Standard 9F 92214 2-10-0 No. 92214 south of Rothley on the Great Central Railway main line.

Racing up to Leicester

Racing up to Leicester

Driver Albert Fennell at the throttle of BR Standard 9F 92214 2-10-0 No. 92214 approaching Leicester North on the Great Central Railway main line.

Token exchange, Leicester North

Token exchange, Leicester North

Fireman Peter Skinner surrenders the token as BR 92214 cruises into the Great Central Railway station at Leicester North with the 10:00 train from Loughborough Central.

A man in his element

A man in his element

JAB on the footplate of BR 92214 at Leicester North

Meeting on the viaduct

Meeting on the viaduct

Running tender-first for Loughborough, BR 92214 meets BR 8F 2-8-0 48624 on the viaduct at Swithland.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 92214, Loughborough

Steam at Loughborough Central

Steam at Loughborough Central

BR 48624 at Great Central Railway's Loughborough Central station

From a Mk 1 corridor second

From a Mk 1 corridor second

Riding BR E25366 behind Class 45 45041 on Great Central Railway's double-track main line.

On early shift

On early shift

Great Central Railway, Quorn & Woodhouse signal box

Unaccompanied Minor

Unaccompanied Minor

Morris Minor 1000, Quorn & Woodhouse

All eyes forward

All eyes forward

The peg is off and passengers look ahead in anticipation as BR 92214 waits for the rightaway to depart Rothley on its afternoon run to Leicester North.

Ready at Rothley

Ready at Rothley

BR 92214 waits for the rightaway to depart Rothley on its afternoon run to Leicester North.

Timeless

Timeless

Station porter, Great Central Railway, Rothley station

Right away!

Right away!

Station porter, Great Central Railway, Rothley station

Leicester bound

Leicester bound

View from BR Mk 1 SK corridor second coach 25711 as BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 92214 races for Leicester with an afternoon train 

Old school

Old school

BR Mk 1 stock, Great Central Railway Leicester North station

Old school upholstery

Old school upholstery

Detail, BR Mk 1 SK corridor second coach 25711, Great Central Railway.

Sunday afternoon service

Sunday afternoon service

BR 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 arriving at Rothley with the 15:15 Great Central train from Loughborough Central to Leicester North.

8F under steam

8F under steam

BR 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 at Leicester North with the 15:15 Great Central train from Loughborough Central.

Taking down the marker

Taking down the marker

Taking down the marker lamp from BR 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 after arrival at Leicester North with the 15:15 Great Central train from Loughborough Central.

Guard duty

Guard duty

Train guard and BR 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 at Great Central Railway station Leicester North.

Open-door policy

Open-door policy

BR 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 at framed in open door of BR E9316 at Great Central Railway Leicester North station.

Rothley Cabin

Rothley Cabin

View from the vestibule of LNER 24278

Cast a giant shadow

Cast a giant shadow

View from LNER 24278 as BR 48624 races home to Loughborough.

At speed

At speed

Coupling and buffers between LNER 24278 and BR E4662 viewed from LNER 24278 at speed.

From a Gresley teak buffet

From a Gresley teak buffet

Riding Great Central's double track main aboard 1937-vintage LNER Gresley teak buffet 24278

Coming home

Coming home

Semaphores beckon the 16:00 train from Leicester into Loughborough Central

Dropping off at Loughborough Central

Dropping off at Loughborough Central

Fireman drops down from BR 48624 to get the switch for the 8F to perform shunting chores at the end of a run from Leicester North.

War baby

War baby

Builder's plate on BR 48624, Stanier 8F built in 1943 as London Midland and Scottish Railway 8624 by Southern Railway Railway Ashford Works under a wartime Executive Committee order.

8F up close

8F up close

Detail, BR 8F 2-8-0 48624

Loughborough

Loughborough

Paltform bench, Great Central Railway Loughborough Central station

Booking hall

Booking hall

Great Central Railway Loughborough Central station

Of lions and wheels

Of lions and wheels

Detail, British Railways heraldry on Mk 1 Tourist Second Open E4662 at Loughborough Central

His Majesty's Royal Mail

His Majesty's Royal Mail

Great Central Railway Loughborough Central station

Shunting duty

Shunting duty

BR 48624 shunting Pullman dining train consist at Loghborough Central

Famous face

Famous face

Detail, BR 8F 2-8-0 48624

Shunting the Pullman

Shunting the Pullman

BR 48624 shunting Pullman dining train consist at Loghborough Central

Shunting the Pullman (2)

Shunting the Pullman (2)

BR 48624 shunting Pullman dining train consist at Loghborough Central

Shunting the Pullman (3)

Shunting the Pullman (3)

BR 48624 shunting Pullman dining train consist at Loghborough Central

Platform No. 2

Platform No. 2

Great Central Railway Loughborough Central station

A Brush with fame

A Brush with fame

Brush neon sign Brush Traction Falcon Works, Loughborough

Paddington after dark

Paddington after dark

HST 43098 ready to depart for Old Oak Common after arriving with the  1A32 ex Taunton while class mate 43133 waits on Platform 7.

Night trains

Night trains

Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" stands on Platform 1 at Paddington with the London-Penzance "Night Riviera" while HST 43098 waits to depart for Old Oak Common after arriving with the  1A32 ex Taunton.

Penzance by morning

Penzance by morning

Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" and Mk 3B AE1H Open Brake First No. 17175 on Platform 1 at Paddington with the London-Penzance "Night Riviera."

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Rebranded in Great Western green, Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" stands on Platform 1 at Paddington with the London-Penzance "Night Riviera."

Mixed livery

Mixed livery

Old and new liveries on the London-Penzance "Night Riviera" waiting to depart from Platform 1 at Paddington.

Night Riviera

Night Riviera

Rebranded in Great Western green, Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" stands on Platform 1 at Paddington with the London-Penzance "Night Riviera."

Night trains (2)

Night trains (2)

Inbound HST blurs past Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" standing on Platform 1 at Paddington with the London-Penzance "Night Riviera."

Great Western revival

Great Western revival

Rebranded in Great Western green, Mk 3B AE1H Open Brake First No. 17175 on the London-Penzance "Night Riviera" at Paddington.

 

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear looks on as passengers board the London-Penzance "Night Riviera" on Platform 1 at Paddington Station.

Good night

Good night

Paddington Bear and "Carriage G" (Mk 3a SLEP, sleeper with pantry No. 10616) on the London-Penzance "Night Riviera" on Platform 1 at Paddington Station. Berth 17 and passage to Penzance await.