Steam on the Great Central
This weekend's Steam Gala was held by the Great Central Railway, they called it "Lostock and a Few Smoking Barrels" representing some of the types of engines that were homed by Lostock Hall shed near Preston, one of the last three locomotive sheds at the end of steam in 1968. Finally the shed closed on the 4th August 1968.
Seen here is Stanier Black 5 44767 at Leicester North station waiting to take the next train back to Loughborough. It is is an unlined dirty black finish as it has only just completed it's overhaul and has not yet received it's final coat of paint.
When you are tumbling out of your bed
You are not sure if you are dead or alive
and you make you way through the wakening day
And you climb aboard a black five
She goes hammering over the hill
And you are very near roasted alive
Like a hound of steel riding runaway wheels
There is a devil astride a black five.
Black Five by Dave Goulder
Ex Locomotive Fireman and now Railway Folk Singer
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