Steam Railways in Preservation Dec 1993
GCR Silver Jubilee Visitor
Robert Nelson No.4
‘Robert Nelson No.4’ is confirmed to return to the Great Central Railway during January and February 1994 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Railway.
It was built in 1936 by Hunslet of Leeds and worked at the recently-axed Littleton Colliery in Staffordshire.
Acquired by GCR stalwart Jonathan Bailey, it arrived at Loughborough in January 1973, being the second loco to arrive on site. No.4 was the first loco to steam there, during the same month giving footplate and brake van rides.
The engine was one of the stalwarts of the early GCR hauling trains firstly to Quorn and Woodhouse, and later to Rothley. In June 1986 it was repainted and lined out in LNWR colours to celebrate its 50th birthday.
Running dates are yet to be confirmed but the loco is certain to be included in the Winter Gala on 26/27 February where it will haul trains alongside ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’.
The latest news I have about the loco is that last year I believe it was at Riverstown Old Corn Mill Railway, Northern Ireland, in need of considerable work.