Steam Railways in Preservation Dec 1993, GCR Silver Jubilee Visitor, Robert Nelson No.4

Steam Railways in Preservation Dec 1993

GCR Silver Jubilee Visitor

Robert Nelson No.4

 

Robert Nelson No.4 at the Great Central Railway

Robert Nelson No.4 at the Great Central Railway

‘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.

Robert Nelson No.4 HE 1800-1936 2
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.

Robert Nelson No.4 HE 1800-1936 1

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2 responses to “Steam Railways in Preservation Dec 1993, GCR Silver Jubilee Visitor, Robert Nelson No.4

  1. Hello, I have been looking through Grandad’s railway scrap book and find there is a steam loco, Robert Nelson No.4 . What was Grandad’s name… Robert Edward Nelson. Yes, he worked as a railway engineer, here and in Africa. Could you tell me if this loco was named by/for him. Is it at your museum.?
    If it’s true it would be great to have a photo of the loco.
    Pop lived to be 100 years old ,dying in 2002

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    • I’m sorry Karen, it seems that there is no connection. Charles Nelson was an Industrialist in the North-East. As it says beneath the last photo in my post, he named the loco after his son, Robert, and another one after his daughter Carol Ann. Again, as stated in my post, the loco is still in bits in Ireland.

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