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Welcome to our news board. All news and updates regarding Sir Lamiel can be found here. For news about our other locos please follow us on Facebook.

Please note that some of our posts will require a password to see for a period of time. These are our monthly overhaul updates and are protected so that members of the Knights of the Round Table are first to hear the news.

  • January 2021
    We ended last year on a bit of a high with some significant progress on Sir Lamiel. Unfortunately, the news of the renewed lockdown and restrictions on access at Loughborough means that work on the overhaul has now stopped until restrictions are lifted. We have rescheduled the project plan for the overhaul and still expect […]
  • December 2020 Update & New Year Message
    We’ve not seen any snow here in Northamptonshire but looking out over the garden above the laptop the grass is white with frost this morning. My thoughts are with all the enginemen working New Year services this week on our heritage railways
  • November 2020 Update
    Slow progress this month due to lack of volunteers caused by the Covid Lockdown restrictions but progress has still been made none the less. A major step forward has been the splitting of the engine from the tender. On the tender, the wooden platform and tender sand boxes have been removed and the area cleaned […]
  • September 2020 Update
    Some good progress this month, although still at the beginning of the long period where parts are being removed. Work on the boiler continues with tube removal underway. There are 193 tubes in Sir Lamiel’s boiler which need the ends cutting with gas cutting gear prior to removal. 73 tubes still require the ends cutting […]
  • July/August 2020 Update
    During the overhaul for Sir Lamiel, we intend to do monthly updates about the progress we have made. We’ve had a great start with our Knight’s of the Round Table Appeal with just over £10,000 pledge so far. There’s still a long way to go, so please spread the word far and wide. Over the […]

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This last weekend some of our volunteers got stuck straight to make up for lost time.

Work on 777 Sir Lamiel continued with removal of one of the rear cylinder covers. The J pipe in the boiler was also made ready for removal to allow access into the boiler.

45305 also had some cosmetic TLC to remove some of the winter dirt ready for service.
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This time tomorrow steam will have returned to the GCR! The time is finally here!

We’ll be in Quorn Yard on Sunday to personally welcome you back."Less than one day to go... Passenger trains return to the GCR tomorrow, Saturday 17th April 2021."

Tickets can be booked online at

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If you haven’t heard yet, steam will be returning to the Great Central Railway this weekend on the 17th/18th April. For details please see the GCR website.

On Sunday 18th we’ll be personally welcoming you back with our stand in Quorn Yard. We’ve missed you, so do pop by and say hello!
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