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GCRN has a flourishing group of individuals dedicated to maintaining and operating our collection of steam locomotives, and we always welcome new volunteers to come join us. Our group members include both old and young, with our more senior members having worked steam locomotives on the national network, while our younger members represent the future skills and dedication that will ensure that we continue to operate steam locomotives at GCRN for many years to come. We also have individuals who are qualified engineers, as well as others with no specific skills, but a willingness to learn and develop.


At GCRN the engineering and operational functions are covered by the same team (though some members do specialise), which provides us with a broad and deep set of skills to ensure that locomotives are both well maintained and properly operated. Engineering skills are learned by example and mentoring, ...

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from Ruddington Loco Works


Updated May 2018


Modified Hunslet Austerity 2890 "Douglas"

In service and hauling passenger services on a weekly basis.


8F - 8274.

Out of service till further notice.


RSH 7761 No.63 "Corby"

Out of service till further notice.


RSH 7667 No56.

Out of service till further notice.


S160 1631

Work has progressed steadily on strip down cleaning and painting.  Weather permitting, work on the chassis has progressed and the brake gear all bar the weighshaft has now been dismantled. It is amply evident that the locomotive was fresh out of overhaul when stopped, as dismantled parts show little or no wear to brake pull rod linkages and hangers and spring compensating equipment. Part have been cleaned of rust and when work cannot proceed outside painting and p...

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