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More J A Evans Memories

Later, I found out the GC section of the LNER was starting to receive a few A1 Pacifics displaced from the East Coast Main Line by newly built A4s and V2s. My father used to say if he had to travel to either Leicester or Nottingham, he preferred the GC Line to the Midland. The trains were faster!

In the late '30s, one of the fastest trains on the LNER was the newspaper train from Marylebone to Sheffield which passed Loughborough in the small hours of the morning. The Central station was situated at the bottom of a dip between Quorn and Barnstone Tunnel to the north. The 'Newspaper' was reputed to be travelling at 90mph through the station - according to schoolboy gossip.

Another memory concerns my earliest loco spotting activities. A favourite place to do this was at an occupation crossing adjacent to the Midland Line a hundred yards or so South of Loughborough Midland Station. This spot also had a good view of the GC Line on its embankment where it crossed the Midland Line. On a sunny Saturday afternoon I would arrive on my bike, armed with notebook, a pencil and a bottle of Tizer. It was possible to enjoy the sight and sound of as many as thirty different LNER, GCR, LMS and Midland locomotive classes I a single afternoon. Just imagine it. V2s, B17s, D11 (GC 'Directors'), K3s, J39s above and ' Jubilees', 'Compounds,' 'Black Fives', Beyer Garratts below.

Happy Days.
J A Evans 2nd March 2004

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On 24th April 1957, Ian Allen Publishing ran a 'Trains Illustrated' special from Paddington to Doncaster, returning over the London Extension to Marylebone. The locomotive shown at Nottingham Victoria Station is a Thompson B1 class 4-6-0 - 61272.

On 24th April 1957, Ian Allen Publishing ran a 'Trains Illustrated' special from Paddington to Doncaster, returning over the London Extension to Marylebone. The locomotive shown at Nottingham Victoria Station is a Thompson B1 class 4-6-0 - 61272.
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A view through the trees towards the north portal of Barnstone Tunnel, a comparatively short structure situated south of East Leake that brought the London Extension under Rempstone Road, Loughborough.

A view through the trees towards the north portal of Barnstone Tunnel, a comparatively short structure situated south of East Leake that brought the London Extension under Rempstone Road, Loughborough.
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Undoubtedly the most famous products that Beyer Peacock turned out were the Garratt type articulated locomotives. These machines were very popular in Africa and the Far East, although there were a few built for service here in Britain.

Undoubtedly the most famous products that Beyer Peacock turned out were the Garratt type articulated locomotives. These machines were very popular in Africa and the Far East, although there were a few built for service here in Britain.
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