Created 15-Jan-12
Modified 17-Jan-12
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Advertised on the GCR website as a English Electric diesel running day with the normal steam services included.
The trains were running to the winter weekend timetable. Locos running today were the DMU, English Electric Type 1 Class 20 D8089, Brush Type2 Class 31 D5830 and SR King Arthur class loco No 30777 Sir Lamiel running on driver experience runs and 3 steam hauled services including the lunchtime dining service.

Thanks must go to Matt Spencer for the driving this time. We had hoped to get over to the main line at Cossington or somewhere close by to photograph a test rain that was down to run but due to signaling problems just outside Leicester nothing was running so we didn't even get the chance. Normal services were cancelled and trains were backing up all over the place. Local services were replaced with buses running to several destinations. Sounded as if it was chaotic out there.

UPDATED 17.1.12 with a few more shots from inside Swithland Signalbox

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Railway
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:30777 SIR LAMIEL, GCR, HERITAGE DIESELS, ROTHLEY STATION, SIGNALBOX, SWITHLAND, SWITHLAND SIDINGS

_DSC6408 The street entrance at Rothley station

_DSC6408 The street entrance at Rothley station

_DSC6419 The waiting room at Rothley station

_DSC6419 The waiting room at Rothley station

_DSC6430 The DMU arrives at Rothley

_DSC6430 The DMU arrives at Rothley

_DSC6435 A view of the station and staff

_DSC6435 A view of the station and staff

_DSC6436 Sir Lamiel on a footplate experience run

_DSC6436 Sir Lamiel on a footplate experience run

_DSC6438 Sir Lamiel hurries toward Leicester north at Birstall on the single line section of the railway

_DSC6438 Sir Lamiel hurries toward Leicester north at Birstall on the single line section of the railway

_DSC6446 EE type 1 Class 20 D8089 clatters toward Birstall with the A46 road bridge in the background

_DSC6446 EE type 1 Class 20 D8089 clatters toward Birstall with the A46 road bridge in the background

_DSC6448 A wider view of the scene

_DSC6448  A wider view of the scene

_DSC6451 More embankment clearing near Thurcaston. I hope they go even further along the line toward Rothley.

_DSC6451 More embankment clearing near Thurcaston. I hope they go even further along the line toward Rothley.

_DSC6462 After passing under the A46 road bridge Sir Lamiel hurries along the single line section to Leicester North

_DSC6462 After passing under the A46 road bridge Sir Lamiel hurries along the single line section to Leicester North

_DSC6464 Sir Lamiel on the lunchtime diner service

_DSC6464 Sir Lamiel on the  lunchtime diner service

_DSC6467 Passing Swithland signal box

_DSC6467 Passing Swithland signal box

_DSC6469 shame about the mixture of coaching

_DSC6469  shame about the mixture of coaching

_DSC6471 Brush type 2 Class 31 D5830 ticks over on the rear as the train heads down toward Rothley

_DSC6471 Brush type 2 Class 31 D5830 ticks over on the rear as the train heads down toward Rothley

_DSC6474 Inside swithland signalbox

_DSC6474 Inside swithland signalbox

_DSC6476 My first view inside Swithland signalbox.

_DSC6476 My first view inside  Swithland signalbox.

_DSC6478 55 levers No's 1-4 and 54-55 are spares

_DSC6478  55 levers No's 1-4 and 54-55 are spares

_DSC6479 The heating system

_DSC6479 The heating system

_DSC6480 Swithland sidings diagram.

_DSC6480 Swithland sidings diagram.

_DSC6481 The view south toward Rothley

_DSC6481 The view south toward Rothley