Great Central Organises "impromptu" Big Four Festival

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GREAT CENTRAL ORGANISES "IMPROMPTU"
BIG FOUR FESTIVAL

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MAY 20th and 21st WILL SEE FOUR ENGINE
CELEBRATION OF THE LMS, LNER, GWR AND SR

The Great Central is holding an impromptu "Big Four Festival" as an
additional special event for 2006. It will take place in May on the
20th and 21st of the month.

"It's a little off the cuff", said Robert Crew, the railways general
manager, "but sometimes things fall into place! We've got a very
narrow window of opportunity while the National Railway Museum's
flagship locomotive "Green Arrow" is with us when we can steam four
engines – one from each of the famous big four companies."

The star guest will be Green Arrow, running in LNER apple green
livery. The loco line up will also see SR 30777 "Sir Lamiel", GWR
Prairie No. 4141 and LMS No. 45305 appearing. The latter three are
currently carrying British Railways livery.

The event will feature a busy service; at least hourly between
Loughborough and Leicester and extra shuttles on the double track
section of the main line between Loughborough and Rothley. No
30777, "Sir Lamiel" is fresh from an overhaul which has lasted
almost nine years. The chance will be taken to pair her with the
southern green livery Mk 1 carriage set which the GCR has been
assembling. Some double heading is also planned.
On the Saturday evening, "Real Ale and Good Food" trains are planned
to depart Loughborough at 7pm and 8.45pm in addition to the regular
7.30pm luxury first class restaurant train.

"It's going to be a super extra event, concluded Robert, "and we're
delighted to be able to make something like this happen. We haven't
seen one from each of the big four at the GCR for a while – and who
knows when it might happen again, so the message is, take the chance
to enjoy it while you can!"

All locomotive will appear subject to availability. LNER V2 No. 4771
appears with thanks to the National Railway Museum.

TAKEN FROM THE COMPANY PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TODAY.
POSTED FOR INFORMATION ONLY - MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW WHEN AVAIALABLE.

Seriously folks - we've just confirmed this, so I don't have any
more details yet.

Tom Ingall.
 
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