Locomotive to repeat historic journey in Cumbria | News & Star

The historic locomotive that pulled British Rail’s last steam-operated passenger train – before going on to become a “TV star” by appearing in Coronation Street and a BBC film about Morecambe and Wise – is to repeat the journey 50 years later.

Former LMS William Stanier Black 5 class locomotive, number 44871, will be one of two “double-headed” steam engines hauling The Citadel Express back from Carlisle to Manchester Victoria over the picturesque Settle-Carlisle line in November.

Rail enthusiasts packed the special excursion train in 1968 with thousands more watching and waving along the route. It was nicknamed The 15 Guinea Special because that was the high price of tickets in those pre-decimal currency days.

Crowds are expected to turn out again to watch the train thunder over the magnificent 400-metre Ribbleshead Viaduct and plunge into the 2.5kilometre Blea Moor Tunnel as it crosses some of Britain’s most stunning countryside. Locomotive to repeat historic journey in Cumbria | News & Star

 

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