The advance information suggested that Leander would be pulling the excursion along the Cumbrian Coastal line “depending on availability”. In the event it was an unnamed locomotive 48151, which passed through on a very blustery afternoon. A number of people had ventured out to see it. The humid conditions gave atmosphere to the clouds of steam as the engine began to pull out of the station, with a long line of coaches behind it.
It was not the first time that the steam engine Leander had travelled along our local railway line, but it is the first time I have shared photos of it here. It was a lovely sunny spring day.
The engine, pulling a long excursion train, coasted downhill into the station, stopped briefly for safety reasons and then puffed away into the distance.
This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is for a good match. At first I couldn’t think what to post for this. With Storm Doris and the sting in her tail, it hasn’t been the weather for getting out and taking new photos.
I didn’t find a photo showing a good colour match. However, I recently submitted a photo to someone, who was looking for one to display as the photo of the month in the window of a railway museum. He described what he was looking for on his Facebook page: the Scots Guardsman pulling out of the local station and making clouds of steam. My photo fitted the bill. It will be on display during March if I have understood correctly. I am feeling pretty chuffed about it! (English slang for pleased with oneself and a pun on the noise a steam train makes.)
The West Cumbria Railway Museum is open to the public for a few days each month. If you are in the area and are interested in the history of railways it is worth a look.
It is not the first time this engine has appeared on Sue’s words and pictures.