‘Hoover’ arrives at new Loughborough home

Class 50 No. 50017 Royal Oak – bought from Boden Rail by the Great Central Railway – has been delivered to the line and is set to make its debut at the April 13-14 spring diesel gala.

The ‘Hoover’ was brought by road from Boden Rail Engineering’s new Nottingham Eastcroft site and is currently being stabled at Loughborough.

Class 50 No. 50017 Royal Oak, seen in the sidings at Loughborough, is set to become a firm favourite on Britain’s only double-track heritage main line. MICHAEL STOKES/GCR

In operation condition, it was being used for driver training prior to the gala.

The event will also feature East Lancashire Railway-based WR diesel hydraulic Class 14 D9537, as special guest.

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