‘New’ engine for big Great Central gala

The latest Barry scrapyard locomotive to be returned to steam is to make its heritage era debut at the Great Central Railway’s autumn steam gala between October 6 and 9.

Bearing in mind the predictions for one of the warmest autumns on record, there is hardly likely to be any snow in sight.

End of the line but a fresh start for BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78018, which steamed for the first time in 50 years on August 17 and is pictured at Rothley. CRAIG STINCHCOMBE/GCR
End of the line but a fresh start for BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78018, which steamed for the first time in 50 years on August 17 and is pictured at Rothley. CRAIG STINCHCOMBE/GCR

For BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78018, star of the 1955 British Transport Film Snowdrift at Bleath Gill, ran under its own power for the first time in nearly half a century on the GCR on August 17. The locomotive, still very much in undercoat, was immediately pressed into service to shunt a single wagon into the Loughborough carriage sidings.

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