... It must be the Gr8 Escape.
A special one-off steam gala on the Great Central Railway held in aid of the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway. During the last year the GWSR has suffered two serious land-slips on the line, losing revenue though lost traffic and having to find over £1.5 million pounds to effectrepairs. Money that they do not have. Several of the other Heritage Railways are helping out by staing events or raising money in other ays.
The Great Central Railways Gr8 Escape Gala is celebrating the Eight coupled heavy freight locomotive with three Stanier 8Fs and two GWR 28xx class engines running throughout the weekend.
LMS 8F 45160 (in Turkish livery) topped the bill, lent to the GCR by the GWSR. This is the locomotive’s first visit to another preserved railway since overhaul and return to steam in 2010. This locomotive was built in 1940 as WD 348 but then found itself working in the UK as LMS No 8274 until 1941. It then undertook the risky journey to neutral Turkey to become No 45160 on the TCDD where it worked into the 1980s. It was repatriated to the UK in 1989 and worked briefly on the Swanage Railway before being withdrawn for overhaul and moved to Toddington. 21 years later it was restored to service on the GWSR.
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