SK5419 : Great Central Railway - Loughborough Station

taken 3 years ago, near to Loughborough, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Great Central Railway - Loughborough Station
Great Central Railway - Loughborough Station
BR standard class 7 (Britannia class) No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell is a most impressive sight at the north end of Loughborough's platforms. The shed and works complex is beyond the over bridge in the distance.
Britannia Pacific 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’
'Oliver Cromwell' is one of 55 Britannia-class locomotives that were built at Crewe Works. The locomotive was initially allocated to Norwich depot on the Eastern Region of British Railways and from there hauled London to Norwich expresses. When diesel-electric locomotives began to replace steam locomotives, 70013 remained at Norwich until 1961, then transferred to March Motive Power Depot. Later the locomotive became part of the National Railway Museum, retiring into the Bressingham Steam museum in the 1980s. In 2004 the restoration commenced in preparation for the 40th anniversary of the end of steam.

'Oliver Cromwell' hauled British Rail's very last steam train on August 11, 1968. After 46 years it was the first steam locomotive to run from London to the North Norfolk market town of Holt, taking part in the opening celebration of the new crossing in Sheringham, which links British Rail with the North Norfolk Railway. Thousands of spectators were out in the streets in Sheringham to witness the historic event which connects Sheringham's heritage Poppy Line (from Sheringham to Holt) with the National Rail's Bittern line (from Sheringham to Norwich). The newly restored tramway-style crossing aims to bring 12 chartered steam trains from across the country to Sheringham each year.

All along the way railway enthusiasts could be seen at their favourite vantage points, waiting patiently for the passing of the train on foot > Link and roadbridges by the roadside, beside the railway line, in fields and, of course, in all the stations the train passed. Somewhat of a crowd of perhaps 30 people was gathered at the small station at Worstead > Link. Sheringham and Weybourne were absolutely packed and Holt station was closed to the public for the day. Cars were parked by the roadside and in the adjoining field by the bridge over the A149 Coast Road, a favourite spot for train watchers, and when the train approached all cars stopped on the road to view the spectacle.

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
SK5419, 414 images   (more nearby )
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 28 January, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 2 February, 2017
Geographical Context
Place (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5434 1944 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.1897N 1:11.7613W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5434 1945
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Other Tags
Steam Locomotive  Great Central Railway  Preserved Railway 

Click a tag, to view other nearby images.

Image Type (about): geograph 
This page has been viewed about 25 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · Geograph Coverage Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
You are not logged in login | register