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Elysian and Fenman. 21. Railway enthusiast, lover of steam locomotives. Proud Briton and Englishman. User of a Nikon D5300

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Ready for the return run to West Brompton, LNER Class A4 Pacific No.60009 'Union of South Africa' throws her black exhaust into the dusky sky as she waits to depart Gloucester Central with "The Cathedrals Express" (20/11/2018) #lner #londonnortheasternrailway #classa4 #gresleypacific #60009 #unionofsouthafrica #no9 #steamdreams #cathedralsexpress #thecathedralsexpress #gloucestercentral #ukrailwaypics #uktrainimages #ukrailscene

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LNER Class A4 Pacific No.60009 'Union of South Africa' stands at Gloucester Central with "The Cathedrals Express". A superb run along the Great Western Main Line and through the Cotswolds on the Golden Valley Line. Couple of hours to kill in Gloucester and then the return journey awaits! (20/11/2018) #lner #londonnortheasternrailway #classa4 #gresleypacific #60009 #unionofsouthafrica #no9 #steamdreams #cathedralsexpress #thecathedralsexpress #gloucestercentral #ukrailscene #uktrainimages #ukrailwaypics @cathedralsexpress

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Not often you can say you're going on a railtour behind an A4 Pacific, but that's exactly what I'm doing today! Big thanks to Steam Dreams for this treat of a trip to Gloucester Central behind LNER Class A4 Pacific No.60009 'Union of South Africa'. No.9 is seen arriving at a wet Clapham Junction with "The Cathedrals Express" (20/11/2018) #lner #londonnortheasternrailway #classa4 #gresleypacific #60009 #unionofsouthafrica #no9 #steamdreams #cathedralsexpress #thecathedralsexpress #claphamjunction

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Had events not transpired against 45305, this would have been a double header of two 1T57 veterans. LMS Class 5MT No.45305 and BR Standard Class 7MT No.70013 'Oliver Cromwell' prepare to back down under Beeches Lane overbridge onto the last train of the "Last Hurrah" Gala to Leicester North in the fading light. 45305 had been booked to work the Liverpool Lime Street-Manchester Victoria/Manchester Victoria-Liverpool Lime Street legs of "The Fifteen Guinea Special" on the 11th August 1968, but was failed with a collapsed firebox brick arch the night before, so sister Black Five No.45110 was hastily prepared as a substitute. Both thankfully survived into preservation, with 45305 ending up at Albert Draper and Sons Ltd Scrapyard in Hull. The owner, Mr Albert E Draper, cut up 742 ex-BR locomotives, but kept 45305 away from the torch as he had taken rather a shine to her. A subsequent preservation attempt was successful and Mr Draper became the patron of 45305. Today, 45305 carries the name 'Alderman A E Draper' and a 53A Hull Dairycoats Shed plate in memory of the man who saved her from certain death (18/11/2018) #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #class5mt #blackfive #45305 #aldermanaedraper #br #britishrailways #standardclass7mt #britanniaclass #70013 #olivercromwell #gcr #greatcentralrailway #beecheslane #lasthurrahgala2018

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It's good to see a "Black Five" back on the Great Central Main Line. LMS Class 5MT No.45305 takes on water prior to hauling her final outward train of the "Last Hurrah" Gala at Loughborough Central (18/11/2018) #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #class5mt #45305 #aldermanaedraper #loughboroughcentral #gcr #greatcentralrailway #lasthurrahgala2018 #ukrailscene #ukrailwaypics #uktrainimages

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Big Goods. LMS Class 8F No.48624 sets a wonderful scene as she heads a train of BR Standard Vans past Kinchley Lane to Swithland Sidings. There aren't many railways where you can recreate goods trains on a double track mainline, and soon we'll have two 8F's on this line to work freight trains. Roll on the Winter Steam Gala in 2019! (18/11/2018) #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #class8f #48624 #gcr #greatcentralrailway #lasthurrahgala2018 #ukrailscene #ukrailwaypics #uktrainimages

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The first passenger service of Sunday morning was a double header by the two "Fives". BR Standard Class 5MT No.73156 pilots LMS Class 5MT No.45305 away from Quorn and Woodhouse with the 09:15 service from Loughborough Central to Leicester North (18/11/2018) #br #britishrailways #standardclass5mt #73156 #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #class5mt #blackfive #45305 #aldermanaedraper #gcr #greatcentralrailway #lasthurrahgala2018 #ukrailscene #ukrailwaypics #uktrainimages

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LMS Class 5MT Nos.45212 and 45407 (45157) reverse through the centre road at Citadel station, heading for the triangle for turning and servicing at Upperby, having brought in "The Citadel" from Manchester Victoria (10/11/2018) #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #class5mt #blackfive #45212 #45407 #45157 #theglasgowhighlander #thecitadel #carlislecitadel #westcoastmainline #wcml #ukrailscene #uktrainimages #ukrailwaypics

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The iconic first livery for one of the finest British built electric locomotives returns. Having been released from overhaul at Bounds Green TMD this very afternoon, BR Class 91 No.91119 (91019) 'Bounds Green InterCity Depot 1977-2017' stands on platform 7 at London Kings Cross, ready to work 1D22, the 16:33 LNER service to Leeds City, her first ever working in her InterCity Swallow guise. What a stunning finish, should bring back many memories of some 29 years prior when these fine machines were first introduced on a newly electrified East Coast Main Line. Hard to believe it'll soon come to an end, but 91119 will be the last withdrawal, a fine way to end Class 91 operation on the ECML @lner (13/11/2018) #br #britishrail #class91 #91119 #91019 #boundsgreenintercitydepot19772017 #intercity #intercity225 #intercityswallow #eastcoastmainline #ecml #londonkingscross #lner #londonnortheasternrailway #ukrailscene #ukrailwaypics #uktrainimages

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Having completed their journey from Manchester Victoria, LMS Class 5MT Nos.45212 and 45407 (45157) are, along with their support coach, uncoupled from the rake of coaches at Carlisle Citadel, ready to head to the remains of 12B Carlisle Upperby for servicing before taking "The Citadel" South over Shap Summit and and West Coast Main Line (10/11/2018) #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #class5mt #blackfive #45212 #45407 #45157 #theglasgowhighlander #thecitadel #carlislecitadel #westcoastmainline #wcml #ukrailscene #uktrainimages #ukrailwaypics

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Spending this Armistice Day afternoon, on the 100th anniversary since the end of the Great War, with what will become our National Memorial Engine. New build LMS Patriot Class No.5551 'The Unknown Warrior', her boiler and frames united for the first time, was officially named by patron Simon Weston CBE yesterday. Her final nameplate crest design was also unveiled, and is a wonderful tribute to those lost in war. A real pleasure to chat with members of the LMS Patriot Project, and it's so wonderful to see this magnificent long lost class of locomotive nearing the final stages of it's rebirth. Let she be a living machine that can be a vessel to all our lost railwaymen, and may their memories live on in her. Lest We Forget (11/11/2018) #lms #londonmidlandandscottishrailway #patriotclass #newbuild #5551 #theunknownwarrior #lmspatriotproject #thenationalmemorialengine #patriot #lestweforget #crewe #armisticeday100

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Memories of holidays on the Western Region in the 1950's. GWR 6000 King Class No.6023 'King Edward II' passes over Hookhills Viaduct during her summer loan period to the Dart Valley Railway, on route to Kingswear back in September. It's been a pretty good year for 6023, she's been far and wide across former GWR heritage lines and performed excellently, now safety back home at Didcot, ready for 2019 (5/9/2018) #gwr #greatwesternrailway #godswonderfulrailway #6000class #kingclass #6023 #kingedwardii #brexpresspassengerblue #dartvalleyrailway #dartmouthsteamrailway #hookhillsviaduct #ukrailscene #uktrainimages #ukrailwaypics

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Another post of a dearly loved engine, this time LSWR Adams Class O2 No.W24 'Calbourne', sole survivor of her class. This shot dates from the Isle of Wight Steam Railway's Island Engines Gala weekend, and sees W.24 having run round her train at Wootton, now moving forward to couple back up the the stock ready for the return to Haven Street and Smallbrook Junction. One of the most aesthetically pleasing tank engines around, along with her now unique status, makes her a real favourite of mine, and I'm already overdue a return visit! The spirit of IOW steam lives on in her, for sure (4/8/2018) #lswr #londonsouthwesternrailway #southernregion #isleofwightsteamrailway #iowsr #adams #classo2 #w24 #calbourne #woottonstation #isleofwight #islandenginesgala2018

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