As the end of its' boiler ticket approaches, 'Lamiel' has been enjoying a quiet but steady existence at the Great Central Railway at Loughborough, seeing action on at least a couple of weekends a month. It is nice to have the loco 'close to home' and accessible for many volunteers and supporters of 5305LA.
In striking malachite green, which it had not worn for many decades until recently, the locomotive has proved popular with photographers at the GCR and the beautifully-applied livery has even grown on some of the sceptics!
It is interesting to explore how advancements in technology can bring us new ways to encounter and enjoy the engineering achievements of previous generations. Who could have imagined, even in earlier years of preservation, that we would now have the ability to share pictures around the world, live from a railtour - indeed, from the support coach, on the move - using a device no bigger than a packet of cards? Even more recently, it wasn't long ago that to mount a decent camera on the running plate of 70013 required over 10 yards of delicate cable to be carefully run through the cab to a camcorder in the tender! 5303LA are still exploring new and different ways of enjoying and sharing the machines in our care, more of which to come in the months ahead.
Over the weekend of 20-21 September the opportunity was taken to document the present season of the 89-year old 'King Arthur's operation, as you won't have seen it before. We present 'Sir Lamiel - GoPro hero!'
We look forward to building on this first attempt with new equipment, more of which is on the way; if you have a 'quadcopter' and would like to help us, do get in touch...
You can 'be a hero' too - please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, 'Like' us on Facebook and 'Follow' on Twitter. One has to wonder what Maunsell would have made of @SirLamiel in the 21st century!