The exploits of Royal Scot 4-6-0 No 46115 Scots Guardsman on last Saturday's Winter CME have been well recorded in words, photos and videos. They inspired me to take a trip to Hellifield, to see it hook up to the first Cathedrals Express over the S&C since Steam Dreams returned to West Coast as its train provider.
First surprise was to see Stanier 4-6-0 No 45699 Galatea puff gently into the station rather than the Green Giant. Still, a Stanier Jubilee is always a welcome sight, even though a green one would be even better.
I watched it shunt round the station then headed to Settle station to see it starting into the climb to Blea Moor. It was half an hour late, and in that time the sun vanished under thick grey cloud. But Galatea made a stirring sight and sound as it charged into the hills.
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures