First steam in 33 years

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- International' started by TRainspotter, Dec 29, 2000.

  1. TRainspotter

    TRainspotter Guest

    I read recently that Britain's first revenue-earning steam-powered fright train ran recently in the Northwest of England.

    Does anyone have any further detatails such as what locomotive did the honours, the consist, route, etc?

  2. Ratclifferay

    Ratclifferay New Member

    Jan 2, 2001
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    It was Dec 19th on the Settle and Carlisle when 8F 2-8-0 48151 hauled empty ballast hoppers from Hellifield to a temporary quarry at Ribblehead. After loading the 8F hauled the loaded train to Carlisle Kingmoor. The train was loaded to 650 tons and crewed by EWS men. Railtrack NW Zone arranged the movement. I received a mail today to say that 48151 is to go again in January 2001. I will post the details when known.