For many years, the East Lancashire Railway ran its LMS Hughes Fowler 2-6-0 Crab locomotive in BR lined blsck as No 42765. When a major overhaul became due some years ago, it was decided to return it to service in LMS crimson lake livery as No 13065.
Problems and delays dogged the overhaul but finally the railway was ready this week to nstart testing and mileage accumulation out on the line. The opportunity was taken to reward covenantors to the overhaul by offering them the chance to ride the dining set for the day, with refreshments, behind the loco whose restoration they had supported.
Up and down we rode in glorious sunshine until around 2 pm the CME decided to cease running for the day, in order to attend to some issues before tomorrow's duplicate running. Credit to the ELR for an excellent day out in glorious sunshine, and for bringing a major overhaul almost to completion.
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures