‘S&C’ trio for 50th an­niver­Sary

Steam Railway (UK) - - Down Main -

Ais Gill is look­ing in­creas­ingly crowded for Au­gust 11 with no fewer than three trains run­ning, 50 years since the end of main line steam. As of March, the line-up is now the Rail­way Tour­ing Com­pany’s commemorative ‘CME’ and ‘Waver­ley’, as well as Pathfinder’s Tor­nado tour (SR475). There’s a va­ri­ety of pos­si­ble start points and routes – with the ‘A1’ do­ing Shap north­bound/Set­tle-Carlisle south­bound (steam on at Pre­ston, with the train start­ing from Bris­tol), while the ‘Waver­ley’ is on its reg­u­lar York-Carlisle route. The ‘CME’ starts from Eus­ton (steam from Carn­forth, out­bound via Shap and back over the ‘Long Drag’). Time to head for the hills? Well, yes, un­less you want to spend the an­niver­sary day with ‘1T57’ star Oliver Cromwell. It’s now ten years since No. 70013 re­turned to steam, and fol­low­ing its fi­nal main line trip of this ‘ticket’ on March 3 (see News), the ‘Brit’ is ex­pected to be run­ning at the Great Cen­tral Rail­way.

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