Top 'n tail to Whitby

Author/Source: 

Tom French

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On Saturday 7th April 2018 the first of two railtours (the second one was scheduled to run a week later) from London King's Cross to Whitby was hauled by Carnforth's LMS class 8F no 48151 from York to Battersby Junction. There it was to reverse along the picturesque Esk Valley line headed by the Thompson B1 Locomotive Preservation Society's no 1264, newly returned to traffic and boasting its original LNER lined black livery - looking very smart in this condition. The engines ran in "Top 'n tail" fashion throughout. A points failure at Glaisdale, where the train was scheduled to pass a service train meant that the special was held at Battersby for nearly two hours, meaning that instead of some three or more hour sin the East Coast fishing port the passengers had barely an hour, but the return run was at least able to run near to its planned schedule. we see the train crossing the River Esk at Ruswarp, a scene to (nearly) be repeated frequently this coming summer.

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