Sunday, April 02, 2017

At the re-opening party

Friday lunchtime. The barriers were up, the cameras were in position. Something was about to happen at Carlisle's Citadel Station.

The hard-working media were on hand. BBC Radio Cumbria's reporter was finding out how far people had come to join the party!

I have my hands full with one camera. Here was someone proving that men can multitask!

 
"The train now arriving at Platform 1 ..." was a steam hauled special to celebrate the re-opening of the Carlisle-Settle line which had been closed for more than a year following a landslip at Eden Brows, the traction provided by No 60103 Flying Scotsman.

It was an important occasion.

 Music was provided!

 
It is difficult to convey the excitement which Flying Scotsman generates!

Those who had been on the train itself had begun to party early!

Cumbria's finest were on hand to ensure suitable behaviour.

Having parked the rake of coaches, the locomotive and the support coach reversed through the station, on its way to turn using the Upperby triangle.

An hour or so later, Flying Scotsman was back to collect the coaches.

 
I always have a special thought for the member of the support staff whose job it is to couple up the coaches.

With the masses corralled behind barriers by the 'event staff', the 'Reopening Special' sets off south.

Waves from those lucky enough to be on board.

Lots of enthusiasts were out in the countryside to see Flying Scotsman traverse the line. Examples are here and here. See it passing Eden Brows, the site of the landslip, here, and going over the Ribblehead viaduct, here. And here's a taster of what it was all like from the train!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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