Continuing the theme of Southern locomotives on foreign rails M7 tank No 53 is far from it's Swanage home taking part in the Great Central Railway Winter Gala.
Built in 1905 at Nine Elms for the Southern Region, the locomotive was eventually withdrawn from service in 1964. Restored to service in 1992 it has remained at Swanage for most of it's preservation time. Now painted in wartime Southern Railway black it is seen here passing the signal box at Quorn.
This was one of the trains that interrupted the conversational interludes with Maureen and Brian as we stood for a while at the trackside. a pleasant time indeed.
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