70013 Steams Again!

Today 70013 had it's boiler exam and passed with flying colours and is now ready to rule the rails once again!

The even better news is that 70013 will be in passenger service BOTH days this weekend at the GCR!

This will give us a chance to ensure that everything is in top condition before returning to the mainline. This should be in the near future so make the most of this weekend to see and ride behind Oliver Cromwell.


By Info | Friday, June 9, 2017 | Tags : 70013

This last week saw the arrival of the 40 new super heater elements. They were all fitted within a day and a big thank you to the Loughborough Shed staff for their impressive effort.

Looking ahead, a boiler exam is due early this week with a steam test to follow. Shortly after, 70013 will be gauged by Network Rail to ensure we are still within gauge. Hopefully all being well, we aim to have a test run in early/mid July, so watch this space!

In other news, 777 is in service this weekend for the GCR's 1940s Wartime Weekend.


By Info | Saturday, June 3, 2017 | Tags : 70013

Welcome to our new website!

Much like our locos' we've given our website a much needed intensive overhaul and it is finally ready to leave the works. We will also be updating and tweaking it over time to ensure that it stays up to date. Any thoughts or comments regarding the new website are welcomed, so please get in touch.

While our main news outlet and the best way to stay up to date with all that is going on is our Facebook page. We will endeavour to publish frequent news articles and create events for when our locos' are out and about.

Our first big news is that you can now join and renew membership completely through the new website. For more information see the membership page on the website or get in touch.


By Info | Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | Tags : D123


We are trialling a link for online donations. Please hold on for the moment whilst we test everything out!


By Info | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Tags : D123

In news that we can scarcely believe ourselves, we are absolutely delighted to report that within 36 hours of returning to Great Central metals, 45305 is going to haul trains this weekend. You read that right.
One of the most demanded and seemingly simple requests on the 'Black Five Bucket List' was to run the loco at Loughborough, and at 1000 on Saturday, 45305 will depart for Leicester North for the first time in, well, too long.
After carrying out a thorough inspection of 45305 upon arrival, the problem was nailed down to leaking stay bushes, in particular the one just behind the main frame. With a little improvisation, GCR CME and 5305LA member Craig Stinchcombe managed to get at the offender to caulk it up, and the boiler has successfully been tested to 225psi today.
As such we are delighted to be able to offer the locomotive for traffic this weekend to see how it beds down. Sharing the roster will be '8F' 48624. Mr Stanier would be proud, and we're proud of Mr Stinchcombe!
We have no plans set at this time beyond this weekend so we hope as many people as possible will come and enjoy @Black5GTi, back at home. We'll be delighted to see you!


By Info | Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Tags : 45305

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