Stalwart

Author/Source: 

Terry Kingston

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Carnforth's main line registered Stanier class 8F no 48151 has proven to be its true stalwart - standing in for other locomotives and working most of this summer's steam excursions over the S&C. Perhaps "working" is a misnomer, since for the most part in recent times it has been the front-end power although the fire risk assessments have meant that the diesels coupled in behind the 8F have been required to do most of the work. Nevertheless, as these two scenes during the course of the southbound steam portion of the 21st July "Cumbrian Mountain Express" show, the freight loco was allowed to do some work! We see it powering up through Langho and then, with just the diesel and a support coach, leaving Preston to return to Carnforth.

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