Great Central Railway
BR lined Black K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 with the popular mineral wagons to recreate scenes that were once common place across the North East of England.
The NELPG owned K1 2-6-0 is to make a winter visit to the Great Central Railway early in 2020. This will present some unusual opportunities to see this popular loco on various goods trains. I am pleased to be able to announce that I have Monday 13th January reserved for a day on the GCR’s mineral wagon rake. Given some nice crisp winter conditions this could produce some wonderfully evocative images of a steam hauled mineral train in low winter light – we can but hope.
Meeting place will be Loughborough station at 07.15hrs where there is plenty of parking and some car sharing will then be required to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum so that they can be parked as required at Swithland. The station cafe will be open from 06.30hrs for breakfasts.
It is proposed to start photography at Swithland sidings around 08.00hrs., the sunrise is 08.16 hrs on that date and it is the best place to get the early light on the GCR without buildings and hills causing shadows and blocking the sun. I will then work the train around the Swithland/Rothley/Quorn section of line through the morning. Lunch will be taken in this area, although I will also arrange for those who wish to go to Quorn cafe for lunch whilst the engine returns to Loughborough for crew change and water. This should save a lot of photography time and hopefully avoid the GCR syndrome of a sunny lunch break at Loughborough! The afternoon will be played to whatever the weather brings us, but it is likely that I’ll work between Quorn approaches and Swithland. We will have exclusive use of the line throughout the day with the charter finishing around 4.00pm when the sun will set.
Cost for the day is £85.00 per head with 35 places being available.