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Train marks 45th anniversary of British Railways axing of steam
8:00pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
Rail enthusiasts travelled back in time today (Sunday) as they caught a glimpse of an original passenger steam train in action - 45 years after they were withdrawn by British Railways.
On August 11, 1968, the last ever steam-hauled passenger locomotive ran on the main-line tracks in Britain, having been replaced by diesel and electric trains.
The last ever steam passenger train to operate was know as the '15 Guinea Special' which ran from Liverpool Lime Street Station to Carlisle, travelling through the Yorkshire Dales on the scenic Settle to Carlisle line.
To mark the 45th anniversary, the 70013 Oliver Cromwell Class 7, one of the surviving trains from the original run, pulled the 15 Guinea Special from Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle today (Sunday).
Another steam train, the Scots Guardsman 46115, also ran over the 24 arches of the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle line cutting through the isolated Pennine hills of Yorkshire and Cumbria.
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