When the 17-ton ML&SR was drawn out of the Engineering Shop at Ruddington on Saturday 16 September, GCRN Director Ron Whalley was in charge. There was a classic “prototype for everything” moment as he used Steve Turner’s Class 47 no. 47492 to effect a major yard shunt to position the vintage 129-year-old 6-wheel carriage for the GCR Gala event the following day. Not to be outdone by modern diesel power, our carriage no.946 was also paired up with ex-NCB Hunslet Austerity 0-6-OST Whiston – coincidentally also owned by Steve Turner! Big thanks all round….
Photo (A) courtesy of Andrew Coalwood and (B) Steve Turner. No.946 on its first day out of the workshop being paired with modern traction …..