We haven't seen many blue skies so far this year, so I thought to record this one yesterday. It was a bright day at Carlisle's Citadel Station yesterday!
Every Wednesday over the summer months, Statesman Rail runs 'The Fellsman', a steam excursion from Lancaster to Carlisle and return, using the scenic Settle - Carlisle line. Any of three locomotives (44932, 46115, 48151) stabled at Carnforth can provide the power, and it is always the question which it is going to be. Yesterday it was LMS 8F Class 2-8-0 no 48151.
Having parked the passenger coaches, the locomotive, with its support coach, runs round in reverse through the station on its way to turn round at Upperby.
Good to meet up again with an old friend, Pamela. She is a Mark 1 Open First Class carriage, built at Swindon in 1962-63.
Here's a peek into Pamela's secrets. It may be somewhat expensive, but this is the way to travel! The tables are all set, complete with wine, for the meal on the return leg of the trip.
48151 picks up the parked carriages, and waits for the Manchester Airport - Edinburgh DMU to clear, before moving over to Platform 3, ready for the return leg.
Having contributed to Carlisle's economy, excursion passengers are ready for the run home.
This pic is crying out for a caption.
How about, 'Yes, my name really IS Thomas'.
Or, 'Are you the Fat Controller?'
It is really very special to be able to get up close!
Everyone is on board, and it looks all set for a good run back to Lancaster, with just a water stop scheduled at Appleby. Watch what the excursion looked and sounded like in videos here and here.