Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Castle in Scotland

Oxenholme Lakes District station is the main line interchange with the branch line that runs through Kendal to Windermere. Many at the station today, going to or coming from holiday, were not expecting to see a steam train hurtling through to attack the climb over Shap. Call it a 'holiday bonus'!

GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe was pulling the Vintage Trains steam excursion 'Castle to Scotland', destination Edinburgh this evening. I saw this loco back in March at Carlisle, see here.

This diesel loco was on the tail, but...

... by the time the train had reached Wamphray, after a couple of hours for the passengers to enjoy Carlisle, the diesel was double headed with the steam loco, and the train was moving at a pace towards Beattock.

Photos © Skip Cottage


  1. How do you find out when a stream train will be coming up the west coast line as I would like to see them and take photos

  2. This is the website which is invaluable to all followers of steam on the main lines: