It's the sounds and the smells which contribute to the fascination of steam locomotives. And the sights of course. So what was hiding behind this cloud of steam at Carlisle's Citadel Station on Thursday?
It was 34067 Battle of Britain class Bulleid light pacifics, Tangmere, built in Brighton in 1947, see here.
Lots of enthusiasts turned out to see Tangmere. Locos like this were common in the south of England in their heyday. And it was unusual to see the preserved Tangmere at Carlisle. It had pulled the Railway Touring Company's steam charter, the Cumbrian Mountain Express, over Shap and return via the Carlisle - Settle line.
Tangmere was an RAF airfield near Chichester, West Sussex. It has an interesting history in WW1 and WW2, see here.
I have often heard of these locomotives being referred to as 'spam cans', but this was my first time seeing one at close quarters.
Ready for the off!
Lots of smoke and noise as the journey back south begins.
Watch what it looked like to others from the trackside here and here and here. And there are lots more YouTube videos if you care to search for them.
Photos © Skip Cottage.