Great Central Railway 'Mail By Rail Gala' - 24th July 2010





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Uploaded on Jul 26, 2010

The weekend of the 24th & 25th July saw the Great Central Railway run their annual 'Mail By Mail Weekend' which featured numerous Traveling post office demonstrations on the railway long with passenger and freight trains. When I heard 4953 would be staring at this gala, I thought I better get myself down to this event!

This year's gala featured a fleet of steam locomotives and diesel locomotives scheduled to haul the different trains during the day, the main highlight for this year's gala was 4953 'Pitchford Hall' and Deltic D9009 ''Alcydion' and the fully restored 4 coach TPO set repainted as it would have been in the 1950s! As well as the some of the great centrals home fleet and another diesel visitor which took the shape of class 26 D26007. The full line up for 24th July was -

|GWR 49xx 'Hall' Class 4953 'Pitchford Hall' - (On Loan)
|GNR N2 Class 1744
|LMS 3F Jinty Class 47406 ( On shunting duties and ran one trip with the Mineral wagons)
|LMS 8F Class 48305
|BR Class 20 D8098 (does not feature in this video)
|BR Class 25 D5185 'Castell Dinas Bran'
|BR Class 26 26007 (On Loan)
|BR Class 55 'Deltic' Diesel D9009 'Alcydion' (On loan)
|BR Class 101 DMU (Operated shuttles between Loughborough and Quorn)

The day was generally good, with 3 of the 4 TPOs captured on film as well as the weather behaving itself even though it began to rain during the end of the day. For the day I was joined with GWRDec and theonlyadsrulz and I would like to thank them both for the company during the day, it was also nice to meet with 34027!. This video features shots from the Lineside and stations as well as 1744, 4953 and D9009 on their TPO demonstrations.

The shots in the video are --

- 4953 running round at Leicester North
- 1744 is seen at Quorn with the TPO
- 48305 is seen near Charnwood water bringing the TPO back to Loughborough
- At Charnwood Water D9009 passes with a train to Loughborough
- 4953 is seen at Charnwood Water with a Leicester North service
- At Quorn 4953 is seen passing by with the return to Loughborough
- Class 25 D5185 leaves Quorn with the mineral goods
- 1744 departs Quorn for Leicester North
- 48305 passes with a Passenger service to Loughborough seen at Quorn
- Class 26 26007 opens up pass Quorn with the mineral goods
- 4953 thunders pass Quorn on the TPO
- At Rothley, Jinty 47406 arrives with the goods
- 4953 departs Rothley with the goods and passes 48305 with a passenger service to Leicester North
- D9009 is seen at Quorn with the TPO
- 48305 arrives into Loughborough
- 4953 departs Loughborough on its last train of the day



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