Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Two Lakes

I was in need of a 'steam fix' yesterday, and an away day in the Lake District began at Haverthwaite, for a short ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway.

Providing the traction for the day was No 42073 British Railways Fairburn 2-6-4 tank, built in Brighton in 1950. Two of these Brighton-built locomotives survive in preservation on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway although one (No 42085) is currently in the engine shed, minus its boiler.

The short ride was popular yesterday, passengers including two tour groups which were heading for a boat trip on Windermere.

MV Teal (see here) was doing duty yesterday.

MV Teal was built at Barrow in 1936. Sections were transported to Lakeside by rail, and the boat assembled there.

I travelled back to Haverthwaite to get some more pics of 42073 in action.

Heading to Lakeside.

On my previous visits to the shed at Haverthwaite I would probably have paid little attention to No 20214. However, a recently article in the Railway Magazine about these Class 20s has meant I was able to appreciate the locomotive rather more! Details of 20214 are here and here.

After Haverthwaite, I headed home via the Kirkstone Pass and stopped off at Glenridding on Ullswater. I liked this shot of action on the water, taken from the steamer pier.

I had hoped to see MY Lady of the Lake, and was not disappointed. Here she is seen departing Glenridding. The vessel was launched on 26th June 1877, and is believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world. Designed by Douglas Henson of Penrith, she was built at Rutherglen, transported in three sections by rail to Penrith. The sections were pulled by horse to Waterside near Pooley Bridge, where she was assembled. Originally steam powered, she was converted to diesel in 1936. More details here.

A trip on board now goes on to my 'to do' list! The Ullswater Steamers website is here.

Pics © Skip Cottage

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