Trial Runs of LMS Black 5 No 5305 "Alderman A E Draper" - 2nd August 2003

Following a nearly 10 year restoration 5305 will be making her return to passenger duties on Sunday 3rd August 2003. She made a number of test runs "light engine" on Saturday 2nd and I was fortunate enough to be working near Quorn station as she ran past. Below are a couple of pictures showing this occasion and one movie. I have to say she looks stunning and the restoration team deserve a big hand !

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The pictures above show 5305 performing her test runs and being disposed of in Loughborough shed at the end of the day.

The movie, which is in .avi format, is quite large at 7.75Mb and it's only 7 seconds in duration. Users with a slow connection may wish to put the kettle on !

And before anyone asks, yes I was in Hi Viz from head to foot, I was outside the wire run and the loco crew were aware of my presence.

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