Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour from Crewe to Carlisle via Settle, and return over Shap.
see here) at the 'Great Gathering' of all six survivors of this class at the National Railway Museum at York. On Saturday it was back earning its keep on the mail line.
here) to see the Duchess of Sutherland on her way to Perth, celebrating her 75th birthday. This was the return leg of the special railtour, and a brief stop at Carlisle.
Talking of carriages, I have to confess that I have a bit of an interest in the coaching stock still able to run on the main line.
Today though I discovered that West Coast Railways, who own a fair number of these coaches, are either being completely stupid, or mischievous, or just messing with the minds of old codgers like me!
So what's happened? I have no idea. It does look as if 3093 has had a bit of a makeover recently. Has the name been changed in error during the repaint? Or is someone at West Coast Railways infatuated with 'Florence'?
And where's Paula? As luck would have it, I'd encountered 3093 before, when she was 'Paula', and posted a pic on the blog, here. So this provides evidence that 3093 has been renamed 'Florence' at some point recently!
It does seem a bit stupid to have two coaches called by the same name!
Photos © Skip Cottage