The Duchess and The Earl - 26.5.12Not a lost episode of Downton Abbey but two of the best mainline performers of recent years in action over Shap on a very warm but blustery day. Firstly, no.46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' with PMR Tours 'Citadel Express' from Lincoln, with 46233 coming on at Crewe. The train is seen at Bay Horse, wrong location chosen as the train is slowing for a 50mph slack but it was too late to go elsewhere. The train is then seen at Greenholme and Scout Green. My efforts at recording the return journey have been consigned to the cutting room floor. 5043 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' is seen at Shap Wells with Vintage Trains three day excursion to Scotland from Tyseley. The diesel was attached at Carnforth to give assistance over Beattock due to fire risk but was placed behind 5043 at Carlisle to the no doubt delight of the tour passengers who had been less than thrilled with the timings issued by Network Rail for this train. The Earl unfortunately set off a number of lineside fires on Shap. Thanks to Steve Thompson for updates through the day.
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