A long period of dry weather and a series of strikes by the Fire Brigades Union have led to cancellation or dieselisation of a large number of steam specials in recent days, particularly on the East Coast route and in the South East.
RTC's Cumbrian Mountain Express lost northbound steam over Shap today but John Cameron's A4 Pacific No 60009 Union of South Africa was able to run south over the Settle and Carlisle line. The day's dreadful weather cleared just before she arrived at Hellifield, where she was bathed in glorious sunshine. Sadly it appeared that the diesel on the rear had done some pushing to reduce the risk of further lineside fires.
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures