DUCHESS of Sutherland’s seasonal tour of heritage lines concluded with a star turn at the East Lancashire Railway’s October 19-21 gala.
The Class 7 Pacific (‘8P’ under BR) was fresh from its appearance at the Swanage Railway gala the previous weekend, and was in traffic each day, as were visiting Churchward ‘28XX’ 2-8-0 No. 2857 and ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T No. 4270.
The Great Western interlopers were appearing courtesy of the Severn Valley and Gloucestershire Warwickshire railways respectively, and with both carrying the same post-1942 GWR livery, it was not surprising the duo was paired up to double-head the 13.50 Heywood-Rawtenstall service on the Saturday.
Although there was a limited amount of double-heading each day, the more common feature was top-and-tailed working. This created some unusual combinations such as ‘West Country’ No. 34092 City of Wells working trains with Nos. 4270 and 2857, or Duchess of Sutherland at the opposite end.
Read more in the November issue of The RM – on sale now!
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- Book of the Week: Railways and Recollections - 27th June 2022
- Passenger numbers as low as 12% as services disrupted by rail strikes - 23rd June 2022
- What rail services will run on Friday after the latest strike? - 23rd June 2022