Tuesday, October 07, 2014

My friend Pamela, and other encounters at Carlisle

It was an interesting day at Carlisle's Citadel Station on Saturday. Above, one of the new Transpennine Express Class 350 EMUs heads south for Manchester Airport. On the middle road, a West Coast Railways Class 47 no 47786 'Roy Castle OBE' waits to assist with moving the coaches of an excursion due in later, and on Platform 3, an East Coast train waits for the line towards Newcastle to reopen, blocked by a landslip at Brampton.

Power car no 43320 presents a dirty looking sight in the sunshine as it eventually leaves Carlisle.

Of course, I was at the station for a 'steam fix', and it was to be a double dose on Saturday. First in was the Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Mountain Express, from London, but steam hauled from Carnforth.

This was hauled by former London Midland and Scottish Railway Jubilee Class No. 5699 (BR No. 45699) Galatea, looking splendid in its crimson livery. It was built in 1936.

Next in was the West Coast Railways Lune Rivers Trust Special, steam hauled Carnforth-Lancaster-Settle-Carlisle-Settle-Hellifield.

This railtour was pulled by LMS Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman.

Educational day it was. You can read about the work of the Lune Rivers Trust here.

If you look closely you can see that the locomotive seems to have picked up an extra passenger on the trip - a pheasant, deceased.

And here she is. An 'old friend', see here, a Mark 1 Open First Class carriage, built at Swindon in the early 1960s. Just a youngster then!

I've never ridden on a main line steam hauled railtour. Perhaps I should put this on my bucket list.

Galatea was collecting her coaches from the siding as the Guardsman arrived. They 'saluted' each other with appropriate whistles. A lovely moment. Made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

All aboard, and back towards London via Settle. Galatea in charge as far as Faringdon!

Meanwhile, back at Lockerbie station, there's a new addition. I've almost convinced myself that a planter like this would look good in Skip garden!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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