Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 25th June 2012
After operating for 12 years with a couple of extensions to its boiler ticket Great Central Railway 8K / LNER O4 2-8-0 63601 was finally withdrawn from service yesterday. I didn't get the chance to ride/fire/see her yesterday so I made a point of going down to Loughborough this morning for a shed turn so I could carry out her final disposal.
The boiler was still warm but the pressure gauge was showing zero psi when Gren and me went up on the footplate. I went inside the firebox to clean the grate while Gren did the smokebox. By 11.30 we were finished and Fred had pulled her off the pit with the Class 10 diesel Jocko so we could clear out the ash & clinker.
I have a soft spot for the O4 as it was the loco which I fired my first solo turn on after passing out.