The loco has completed its final two running days at the Great Central Railway for now, working 5 return trips on Saturday and Sunday. It performed faultlessly throughout. The mileage accumulated since the loco returned to service for testing is now around 700 miles, without a failure.

The loco goes to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway on 18/08/22 and then on to the Severn Valley Railway on 22/08/22.

Plans are advancing to replace the faulty radiator fan gearbox, change the fuel pumps on power unit 2 and to sort out some minor leaks.

Thanks to the GCR for a great visit and to everyone for their hard work over the past few months. Thanks to Richie for his company yesterday. It was a warm one!

Photo Credits - Graham Clarke

Additionally to the celebration day on Friday 19th August, 55009 'Alycidon' will be operating on both Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August.

On Saturday 20th August, 55009 will be working all day alongside GWSR home fleet Locomotive 37215. Owing to the heightened risk of Lineside fires, 9 will now be working throughout the day. This now means you can get the opportunity to have 9 for a total of 84 Miles!!

On Sunday 21st August, 55009 is expected to only work the final train of the day (15:30 departure off Broadway). 9 will be working alongside another GWSR home fleet Locomotive, please keep an eye on their website for what this Locomotive will be!!

For more details about the above dates as well as ticket costs, please visit -

The GCR has gone diesel only from tomorrow until at least Sunday 14/08/22.

As a consequence, the turns for 55009 have been changed on both days of this coming weekend.

55009 is now to be used on the 09:20, 11:20, 12:50, 14:45 & 16:15 departures from Loughborough on both Saturday and Sunday, with the DMU working the services that 55009 was planned to haul (10:15, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:30 ex. Loughborough).

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