Winter Steam Gala a great success!

Posted by Chris Graham on 8th April 2022

We report from the recent and very successful Winter Steam Gala held at the Great Central Railway, in Loughborough.

The days of BR goods were recreated with a van train hauled by No. 34072, seen here at Kinchley Road Bridge, as part of the Great Central Railway’s Winter Steam Gala on January 28th. (Pic: Simon Colbeck)

With the last of the Covid restrictions lifted just the day before the event, the Winter Steam Gala at the Great Central Railway – held on January 28th-30th – saw nearly 4,000 people attend over the three days.

Coupled with the previous two weekends that saw the new-build A1 No. 60163 Tornado in action before its overhaul, GCR spokesman Michael Stokes said that it could have been the most successful January on record for the railway.

An evocative image of No. 34072 at the Great Central Railway’s Loughborough shed, on January 28th. (Pic: Simon Colbeck)

The event was supplemented by appearances from Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ class No. 34072 257 Squadron, visiting from Swanage, and the Butterley-based BR Standard 4MT No. 80080.

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