The train arriving at platform 5 is the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express.
Comment by Owdkewyed on 1st February 2016 at 00:49
Wow a double header .!
Comment by Dave (Oy) on 1st February 2016 at 07:57
Nice Black 5 - shame it wasn't the Flying Scotsman as planned but still nice to see :)
Comment by Neil Cain on 1st February 2016 at 08:19
Very atmospheric John, all the best.
Comment by A.W. on 1st February 2016 at 09:39
Another excellent image!
Comment by Syd on 1st February 2016 at 11:48
Absolutely brilliant. it simply doesn't get any better than this,
Comment by Johnny on 1st February 2016 at 12:15
Great pic John!
Those steam engines were collosal as kids. I remember spending hours train spotting and crossing off the numbers. And such excitement if you came across a "namer"!
Comment by irene roberts on 1st February 2016 at 13:04
How atmospheric, with the darkening sky! You almost felt those trains were alive, compared with the soul-less trains of today. Wish we could bring them back.
Comment by britboy on 1st February 2016 at 13:31
Great example of a Stannier Black Five, Riley and Son to the rescue again, their two Black Fives standing in for the failed Flying Scotsman.
Comment by len on 1st February 2016 at 15:03
it's a ten from len
Comment by Rev David Long on 1st February 2016 at 16:39
I'm not surprised to read that, britboy. When I saw the Flying Scotsman being pushed around Bury at its public launch I wondered whether they were sensible sending it out on the main line so soon.
Comment by Colin Harlow on 1st February 2016 at 21:03
Great to see these two Black fives in action, engines that we all grew up with. Flying Scotsman will be back.
Comment by John Morris on 1st February 2016 at 22:09
Thank you for all the positive comments folks. Apparently it was a problem with the brakes on Flying Scotsman that caused its withdrawal, probably the air pump. They needed further attention before it was passed for mainline running.
Comment by Garry on 1st February 2016 at 22:10
Irene there back, look at the photo, it's Wigan Station.
Comment by Vb on 1st February 2016 at 22:50
Its certainly a show stopper even if it's 'second best'!
Comment by irene roberts on 1st February 2016 at 22:51
I know, Garry, but they're just visitors. I meant I wish we had steam trains back permanently, not just as nostalgia.
Comment by Garry on 2nd February 2016 at 11:54
Yes I really did know what you mean, Irene. It all ended in August 1968 when BR steam traction give way to diesel power.Thankfully many were saved from the scrap yards for all the see.
Comment by Garry on 2nd February 2016 at 14:04
Irene...it should have said
for all TO see!
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