Yesterday was the second date I was booked to travel on the Tyne Tees Streak with from York to Newcastle and back with A4 Pacific No 4464 Bittern, with authority to go up to 90 mph. Again, it was cancelled just before the date, due to the continuing fire risk in the North East.
So I needed an alternative dose of A4, but I did NOT want one with a diesel doing most of the work!
Fortunately, today's Cumbrian Mountain Express was rostered to John Cameron's A4 No 60009 Union of South Africa, and appeared at Bolton in the early morning with 13 coaches and no diesel. I saw it again arriving in the loop at Hellifield to take water, then hightailed it to the delightful Settle station, where I took some general shots before the streak stormed up the Long Drag through the station. A splendid morning, with a bit of Autumn chill outweighed by some lovely sunshine.
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures