Saturday, May 09, 2009

Saturday shopping

Occasionally, the shopping needs at Skip involve an outing to the 'big city'. My nearest is not Glasgow, or Edinburgh, but Carlisle. And now having got over my initial hesitation of going shopping in a foreign country, I look forward to my occasional trips there. Often I go down by train from Lockerbie. Carlisle station can be quite busy at times, not now perhaps as busy as it once was, see above, perhaps fifty years ago.

This sits on Platform 4. I always think it would look good in my garden!

Today was busy at the station. I've never seen so many old guys with cameras!

This was what they were waiting for. Royal Scot 46115 'Scots Guardsman' hauled the Vintage Trains Excusion Scot over Shap between Preston and Carlisle, including the climb over Shap summit. The trip began in Birmingham New Street, the first leg being hauled by Tyseley based Class 86 electric 86259 'Les Ross' between Birmingham New Street and Preston.

Getting close! It's the noise and the smell that's so evocative. There's a pic of this engine before restoration here.

The fire getting fed. I've featured 46115 on the blog already, passing Skip on her way north early in April, see here, where there are also links to information on the engine's history.

The old and the new. The tour stopped over in Carlisle for several hours, and there was a bit of shunting the carriages around, which gave a number of photo opportunities.

See it in action in 1966, before retiral, in a marvellous YouTube video here.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you......

Not one, but two steam locomotives were in Carlisle today. The Cumbrian Mountain Express is a Railway Touring Company's tour from London Kings Cross early this morning, diesel-hauled at first to Doncaster, where 6201 Princess Elizabeth pulled the train to Carlisle, via Leeds, Skipton, Hellifield, and over the magnificent Settle - Carlisle line, the highest stretch of railway line in England.

London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Royal Class No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth was built in 1933 at Crewe Works, the second of a class. She was named after the 7-year-old elder daughter of Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), Princess Elizabeth, who is of course HM Queen Elizabeth II. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways renumbered her 46201. She was withdrawn in 1962 but bought for preservation. Lots of detail here.

After Carlisle the Cumbrian Mountain Express was diesel-hauled from Carlisle, along to Newcastle via Haltwhistle, and back to London via the East Coast Main Line. Here are 37706 and 47804 which are owned by the West Coast Railway Company.

So to go back to the beginning, this was not fifty years ago, it was this afternoon. Magic indeed, and free entertainment!

Happy days. All pics by Bob. Must go shopping in Carlisle again soon.

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