The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express
The CME ran between Manchester and Carlisle yesterday. headed by two Stanier Black 5;s, 45407 - The Lancashire Fusilier - and 44871 on it;s maiden main line run. They are seen here crossing back to the main line after being fed and watered at Carnforth station.
It was a cold, grey day with terrible light and standing in a biting wind for over an hour waiting for it to move might not have been the best of decisions, but the coffee and toasted tea cakes afterwards made up for it.
44871 was one of the last steam engines to run on passenger services back in 1968, heading the infamous 1T57 15 Guinea Express with 70013 Oliver Cromwell. At the end of her days she was allocated to Carnforth shed.
For the old Gricers the video below shows 44871 running light engine leaving castleton on its way to Carnforth to be readied for this run.
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