Great Central secures overhaul agreement 
for Oliver Cromwell

Photo: Peter Zabek

Oliver Cromwell, the National Railway Museum’s (NRM) BR ‘Britannia’ Pacific, is on course for a return to steam after the museum agreed a two-year overhaul loan agreement with the Great Central Railway (GCR) at Loughborough.

The agreement runs until December 31, 2021, and will see the GCR submit a plan to overhaul No. 70013.

Once this has been agreed by the York museum, the necessary work to return the ‘Brit’ to service will be carried out at Loughborough.

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Stripping of the loco for assessment has already begun with the boiler lifted from the frames in early July ahead of a move to Tyseley.

A second loan agreement will then be confirmed to cover the operation of the locomotive.

Oliver Cromwell last ran on December 31, 2018 after 10 successful years of operation at the GCR and on the national network under the custodianship of the 5305 Locomotive Association.

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Read more in the August issue of The Railway Magazine – out now.

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