Wednesday, May 04, 2011

2011: A Steam Orgy

The North York Moors Railway is celebrating 175 years of the Whitby-Pickering line this week, and this is being done in style, with multiple preserved locomotives in steam and working, see here. For me, more used to catching one at a time, to be surrounded by so many steam locos was great fun! Above is early morning at Grosmont.

Sir Nigel Gresley at Pickering.

Quite a responsibility, I would have thought, to be in charge of the railway's flagship locomotive.

If you are a fan, then where better to have your lunch!

There was lots going on. This is a Standard Class 4, but is it really 76084? (No, that loco is still being restored. This is 76079 running in disguise!)

On the left is Southern Railway's S15 825/841 (it has the frames of the earlier loco), a 4-6-0, sits ready to pull the afternoon departure to Pickering.

All sizes were on display. A design which lasted for more than 50 years, this LNER J52 would have been originally used for shunting and station pilot duties in the North-East.

Now, they say that size isn't everything, but I do get excited by the big Standard 9Fs, all 2-10-0 of them, built to haul freight!

92214 was built in 1959.

Ready to haul a late afternoon train to Pickering.

What a sight! And moments later I was back as a wee boy again enveloped in steam and soot as it pulled past the platform end! Magic.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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