The Dambuster Raider
The star of the East Lancashire Railway's Wartime Weekend was ex LMS Stanier 8F 8624. Withdrawn from service in July 1965 she ended up in Dai Woodhams scrapyard. She was rescued from there in 1981 when she was pirchased for preservation by the 8624 Society and moved to Buxton on the Peak Rail line. In 2009 she finally ran again under her own power, 44 years after being withdrawn, certainly some people had great vision and perseverance to see this through to fruition.
8624 is seen here at Ramsbottom station during a break in the rain, painted in a false livery of LMS Crimson Lake she looked and sounded absolutely grand. In reality all these engines ran in Black. The LMS badged workman was just standing around on the station but seemed to fit in the picture.
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