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Stirling Single GNR1

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Romsey, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. torgormaig

    torgormaig Active Member

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    Another contender for the least use of a loco after restoration must be the MR "Spinner" No.673. I'm unsure when it was steamed at Butterley but I believe it was only just before Rainhill. It returned to Butterley after that show. On Sun 5th Oct '80 it was at the Barrow Hill Open Day in steam and that evening proceeded light engine to York, arriving at about 11pm. It has never steamed since.

    Peter James
     
  2. Phill S

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    It wasn't restored though, in the sense of a major strip and rebuild. More patched up for short term running. No.1 was done similarly.
     
  3. Suddaby

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    I was privileged to see and ride behind GNR No1 at Loughborough on the 8th May 1982 - I've just been re-looking at the slides, and it was in magnificent condition.
    Also I can remeber seeing the Midland Single when it was at Butterley in the late 70's. It looked so serene moving up and down the yard, due no doubt to having no external valve gear.
    Sad to think we won't see them in steam again.

    Kevin
     
  4. The Green Howards

    The Green Howards Part of the furniture

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    The nearest I will get to seeing No. 1 run is the model I have on pre-order... :(
     
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    John Petley Well-Known Member

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    Just checked my photos - I was there the same day! I guess you got some good pictures. Mine certainly are. It was a sunny day but not too hot. Agree with you about both No. 1 and the Spinner - it's a shame that there seems little chance of ever seeing a single driver in steam again. Still, never say never. I doubt if 12 months ago anyone ever thought the L&SWR T3 would turn a wheel in anger again.
     
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    I suspect part of the reason why it has struggled to find a buyer is that there are so few 18" gauge railways where it could run! I do hope it finds a fairy godmother eventually though, it is a lovely engine and worthy of restoration.
     
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