Sunday, July 03, 2016

Bertie and the Flying Scotsman

I haven't had a 'steam fix' for a while so that was why I was at Carlisle's Citadel Station yesterday to see LNER A3 Class 4-6-2 no 60103 Flying Scotsman!

The locomotive was hauling the Railway Touring Company's 'The Hadrian' day tour.

The security was in place and cameras were there.

But the fuss was because they were filming for a future episode of the Antiques Roadshow. Presenter Fiona Bruce got to visit the cab! Jealous, me? Never.

I was standing beside Bertie, a six month old Westie - Bichon Frise cross, whose owners had brought him along to experience the famous steam locomotive, when the puppy was noticed by Fiona, and she came over to say hello. Big day for a wee dog!

Expect these framed railway posters to feature on the forthcoming 'Golden Age of Travel' Antiques Roadshow episode.

The locomotive's support coach.

It was a wet, cold day at Carlisle yesterday. Here flying Scotsman sets off to park the carriages in a siding just over from platform 1.

It is an amazing locomotive.

Time to take on water and get pointed the other way by going around the Upperby triangle.

The real enthusiasts were out trackside yesterday to capture the Flying Scotsman tackling Shap, and elsewhere, see, for example, here, here, here and here.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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