Thursday, 8 August 2013

A Little Bit of History

Tuesday and Wednesday turned out to be nice summer days with the temperature nudging around the 20°C mark in the afternoon it was good for getting jobs done or enjoying a walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

Now for the history bit.

The 1T57 'Fifteen Guinea Special' was the last main-line passenger train to be hauled by steam locomotive on British Railways on 11 August 1968 before the introduction of a steam ban that started the following day. It was a special rail tour excursion train organised for the occasion from Liverpool via Manchester to Carlisle and back, over the Settle to Carlisle line. The train was pulled by four different steam locomotives in turn during the four legs of the journey with two engines sharing the third leg.
This was recreated on Wednesday with a special charter train running from Lancaster to Carlisle and back over the now famous Settle to Carlisle line so we set off into the Dales to capture some pictures of this special occasion. 
Here we see the two preserved steam locomotives with the special charter train as they start the steam climb to Ais Gill on the Settle to Carlisle line at Helwith Bridge.

After lunch at the Creamery in Hawes we spent the afternoon at Ingleton taking in the waterfall walk. It was a little longer than we had anticipated but there were some spectacular views of the waterfalls. 
This one is Thornton Force which I've seen pictures of in winter when the water has been completely frozen. The whole waterfall trail is 8km or 4½ miles with lots of very steep steps and in places tricky walking conditions but well worth the effort.
These waterfalls must put on an even more spectacular sight after some heavy rain.

Copyright: Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


  1. Hi Martyn if I am honest I would sooner look at pictures of steam trains than vegetables but then as my granddaughter tells me I am very old, all the best David

    1. Hi David
      I try to fit the steam train photos in around growing the fruit and vegetables. The latter are far more accommodating when it comes photos.
      Besides the steam blog on the side bar I post some photos on flicker which you can find at


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