I enjoyed a couple of hours trainspotting last Saturday. It was a busy day at Carlisle station for the rail enthusiast. First through was Statesman Rail's diesel hauled tour, Nottingham to Fort William, see here.
The train was pulled by this Class 47 locomotive, 'Roy Castle', see here.
Next to arrive was Earl of Mount Edgcumbe ...
... double headed with Princess Elizabeth hauling the Vintage Trains excursion, The Shap, Settle and Carlisle.
There's a really fabulous YouTube video of the two locomotives on Shap here!
The history of the GWR 4-6-0 Castle locomotive is here. It was built in 1936, withdrawn in 1963, and restored and mainline certified in October 2008.
Read about the LMS 4-6-2 locomotive here.
When I was a lad in the early 1960s, I remember casting a lonely figure at the platform end at St Enoch station. Not so these days. The appearance of a steam loco brings out the crowds.
The Earl gets ready to pull the tour over the Settle line, on its own after Princess Elizabeth had failed at Carlisle.
And yet more! Pathfinder Tours' Cumbrian Mountain Express was hauled into Carlisle by this Class 67 diesel locomotive 67025 'Western Star'.
The carriages were far travelled.
The excursion was steam hauled on its return leg, Carlisle - Crewe, on the Settle line.
Old friend Britannia Class 7MT 4-6-2 no 70000 'Britannia' provided the horsepower.
Ready to go!
Photos © Skip Cottage