‘8F’ 48642 bows out at Great Central

HEAVYFREIGHT 2-8-0 No. 48624 was withdrawn from service at the Great Central Railway (GCR) at the end of July pending its next 10-yearly overhaul.

The Stanier ‘8F’ has been a stalwart member of the GCR steam fleet, and on June 26 took part in a special ‘8Fs’ charter organised by Timeline Events, and also featuring classmate No. 48305.

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The latter locomotive returned from overhaul just a few months ago, and will take No. 48624’s place in the GCR’s operating fleet.

The two locos are seen passing at Kinchley Lane during the Timeline charter. PETER ZABEK

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