I am usually happy enough with one steam locomotive at a time, but yesterday there was double pleasure with two Black Fives at Carlisle's Citadel Station.
First in was 45305, LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 5305 (British Railways no. 45305) which was built by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936. She spent most of her life based in North-West England. 45305 survived to the last month of steam on British Railways, August 1968. Life in preservation is described here.
Yesterday, 45305 was pulling The Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Mountain Express - Liverpool-Shap-Carlisle-Settle-Liverpool. It was an opportunity to spend time with old friends, such as Pamela, not to mention Patricia, Julia, Christina, Victoria, Diana and Florence. It's the way to travel.
There's always a lot to watch. The locomotive parks the carriages, then runs round through the station and gets turned round for the return trip. It picks up the carriages again ...
... and yesterday loaded the passengers at Platform 4, before setting off on the return leg.
Meantime, Black 5 44932 was a replacement yesterday for 46115 Scots Guardsman on The Railway Touring Company's The Waverley excursion York-Settle-Carlisle and return. Double fun!