Wednesday 18th August 2019 would see 70000 Britannia back in the north west, this time hauling The Lakelander.
The Lakelander is a railtour ran by Saphos Trains and runs twice a year. This one being from Crewe to Carlisle & return via Shap & the Cumbrian Coast Line.
This tour would see Britannia make history, as this railtour would see her travel down the Cumbrian Coast Line for the very first time, with special route clearance from Network Rail.
The Lakelander would see the Brit head through places such as, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster, Carnforth, Oxenholme Lake District, Penrith North Lakes, Workington, Whitehaven, Sellafield, Ravenglass, Barrow-in-Furness, Grange-over-Sands & Arnside.
Here is a few images from the day:
Wednesday 18th August saw RailView 70000 Britannia at
- Wigan North Western, arriving at 09:06 5 minutes late & departing at 09:10 7 minutes late.
- Oxenholme Lake District, passing through at 10:47 13 minutes early.
- Scout Green, (on Shap Summit) passing through at 11:54 5 minutes late.
- Nethertown, passing through at 15:01 5 minutes early.
- Arnside, passing through at 16:47 3 minutes early.
- Leyland, passing through at 18:10 11 minutes late.
Info about 70000 Britannia:
- Designed by Robert Riddles
- Built by BR at Crewe Works in 1951.
- She was the very first BR Standard Locomotive to ever be built.
- In 1952, she hauled the funeral train for King George VI
- Withdrawn from BR service in 1966.
- Purchased for preservation 1970.
- She returned to steam in 1978
- She is currently owned by the Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust.
- She is based at Crewe Diesel Depot
- Her current livery is BR lined Brunswick green with late crest.
- Britannia is operational and regularly hauls mainline railtours around the UK.
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