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GCR Olympic Torch Bearer Rothley Leicestershire 3rd July 2012

Hot off the press! The Olympic Flame was carried from Leicester North to Quorn by train at 08.22 on the GCR. LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 48624 is seen here pulling away from Rothley station with the train which was tailed by Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 45305. The headboard read "GCR Torch Bearer" and amazingly it wasn't raining.

 

I saw both engines but I have to admit I was a bit disappointed that the flame was nowhere to be seen! I overheard one of the many people lining the embankment say they had just caught a glimse of it in one of the carriages but it certainly wasn't obvious.

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Taken on July 3, 2012