The Great Central Railway autumn gala; Loughborough loco at 08:30 and the shed yard is a hive of activity. No. 70013 Oliver Cromewll, now in the last months of her boiler ticket, rolls towards the water column. Tank filled, she will run light to Rothley Brook and work the TPO set back to Loughborough. A few minutes early the 9F had gone off shed and was sat in the platform at Loughborough, waiting for the road, before moving off engine and van, also to Rothley Brook sidings.
The little BR mogul, No.78018, is already moving off shed, she was to have run down to Rothley Brook coupled to the LMS version, No.46521, but, for reasons unknown, No.46521 followed around fifeteen or twenty minutes later. During the day I was listening to some chap telling us that there are plans to replace the existing Loughborough shed, a pretty basic corrugated affair, with a brick built engine shed of a more ‘traditional’ style MPD. Sounds nice and, as I understand that the present structure will have to move because of the reunification with the GCR (North), when the work on bridging the Midland Main Line is complete, it might well happen sooner rather than later.
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