The Prince is of course a Class 47 diesel, owned by the National Railway Museum, and operated on the main line by West Coast Railways. Today it was the tail of the Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour, and was used to park the coaches while the passengers spent their break shopping in Carlisle.
At the front was 60009 Union of South Africa, see its history here.
Pretty, yes. But steam traction still gets my vote!
And finally... Carlisle is a terminus for some Northern Rail services. Today, passengers on one Cumbrian Coast line departure set off, not by train, but on a replacement bus service. "Calling at all stations!" It's a funny world.
Photos © Skip Cottage