Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Citadel Steam

Getting out into the clean fresh air is one of the joys of winter trainspotting!

Carlisle's Citadel Station had a couple of visits earlier this year from LMS Princess Coronation Class 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland'. It hauled the Railway Touring Company's 'Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour at the end of January and early last month.

The use of the Royal Scot headboard was interesting!

Reversing through the station on its way to turn round using the Upperby triangle. It had arrived via Shap, and would head south via the Settle line.

 Arriving on February 7.

Nothing like fresh air!

Something's coming.

Ah, look who it is! Built at Crewe in 1938.

Another day, another mainline steam railtour.

But there's more to this photo than meets the eye.

Here's the clue.

Last Saturday's 'The Hadrian' railtour was double headed by LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 no 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier' and LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 no 45690 'Leander'.

And they are off, headed towards Durham and York, with the final stages diesel hauled back to Manchester.

The old and the new. As if to make a point, this class 68 drew up on the middle road, looking all clean and shiny. Whereas 45407 was built in Newcastle in 1937, and 45690 at Crewe in 1936, this new class of mixed traffic locomotives was built by Vossloh, Valencia, in Spain. No 68013 arrived in Liverpool in August last year. Here it is on a test run in January.

I wonder if there will be any train enthusiasts around to watch it if reaches eighty years old!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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