Sunday, 10 February 2013

It was a cold cloudy misty day in the Dales but with the possibility of photographing two  different steam locomotives we decided to make the trip.

Our first location was a little north of Settle Junction to photograph The West Coast Railway Companies “The  Lancastrian” steam hauled over the following section of route - Preston-Carnforth-Helifield-Blackburn-Preston.
48151 heading for Settle Junction

48151 heading for Settle Junction
The Ex London Midland and Scottish Railway's 8F class 2-8-0 No 48151 was in charge of the train seen here heading towards Settle Junction.
48151 heading for Settle Junction
Fortunately for us The Lancastrian was more or less on time giving us plenty of time to find somewhere for lunch before heading on to the station at Horton In Ribblesdale to take some photos before making our way to Helwith Bridge to wait for 60009 Union of South Africa with The Railway Touring Companies “The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express”.

Due at Helwith Bridge by 16:27 I thought the light would just about hold out for some pictures. On a good day that might have been correct but with a dull cloudy day to start off with and 60009 over 30 minutes late before steaming through Helwith Bridge the light had just about disappeared.
60009 Union of South Africa with The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express
The result a rather grainy picture of Union of South Africa crossing the viaduct over the River Ribble. 

And to finish off with here's our video of the days events.

Copyright: Original post from M Garrett