Sole surviving single Chimney 9F No. 92134 on freight train formations on the mainline setting of the GCR.
You may recall that before the pandemic & restrictions arrived in our lives I had planned some charters at the WSR with BR standard locos, including 9F No. 92134 from its home base at North Yorkshire Moors Railway. For the time being those WSR plans are on hold.
However the much awaited single chimney 9F is now planned to visit the GCR for its autumn gala, so through the kind offices Neil Cave of Timeline Events (Neil holds the safety case for charters at the GCR) I have agreed a charter day with the loco on various freight train formations.
I expect to use the rake of box vans plus some mixed goods wagons at the head of the train for some of the day and the mineral wagons for other parts of the day, with shunting a swapping of ‘sets’ taking place at Swithland to avoid too much time being lost.
The charter will start at Swithland at 08.15 – 08.30hrs, so please plan to arrive by 08.00hrs to park etc. and for the required safety brief. The loco will already in on location with the first rake of wagons. We will then shoot various angles, including Rothley and the straight approaching Swithland before moving towards Kinchley lane for the Rabbit Bridge shots. A lunch break will follow (the cafe at Quorn will be open) and on resumption we will cover the Quorn area and then Kinchley Lane and if time and sunlight allows the opposite side of the line at Swithland to finish. As our train formations are goods, travel between locations will be by car.
The charter is expected to finish between 17.30 – 18.00hrs.
Cost for the day is £99.00 per head to reflect reduced numbers in these interesting times and cover the ever increasing costs of running large heritage steam locos.