Christmas White Rose charter by fishers

Christmas White Rose charter

The last steam special to York this year was from Dorridge, and arrived in York at lunchtime. Here it is entering platform 10. I was quite lucky to get this shot,since there was a service train further along platform 9, where I stood, which began to move towards me as I took the shot.

Clun Castle was a Great Western designed locomotive, but it's construction wasn't completed until May 1950, when the railways had been nationalised. It was withdrawn from service in December 1965, as steam locomotives were being removed from the Western Region. It was sold for preservation, and is currently based at Tyseley in Birmingham.

This locomotive has a special place in my memory, since it was the first Great Western locomotive that I saw working, in 1967, when it hauled a special through Doncaster on its way to the Settle and Carlisle line.

Ian
Oh well done, that sounded quite tight for time! How lovely to see this special one for you today.
December 23rd, 2019  
Great picture of another lovely train with a history. fav
December 23rd, 2019  
It will be a sad day when the last one is no longer safe to put in steam - thanks for sharing while you can.
December 23rd, 2019  
nice
December 23rd, 2019  
A gleaming machine. Have a lovely Christmas with your family.
December 23rd, 2019  
A lovely nostalgic image. Happy Christmas to you both
December 23rd, 2019  
Fabulous...love the steam
December 23rd, 2019  
I love old steam engines
December 23rd, 2019  
what a beauty
December 23rd, 2019  
What a beauty
December 23rd, 2019  
I love trains-this is wonderful Ian.Fav. Have Happy & blessed Christmas-my best to you and Katharine
December 23rd, 2019  
A beautiful train, beautiful captured. Fav.
December 23rd, 2019  
What a beauty
December 24th, 2019  
Lovely old train
December 24th, 2019  
terrific, love the smoke!
fav
December 24th, 2019  
What a Christmas treat!
December 24th, 2019  
Wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)
December 24th, 2019  
@casablanca @vernabeth @vignouse @pdulis @dide @carolmw @seattlite @bkbinthecity @koalagardens @sdutoit @lizzybean @pyrrhula @onewing @kjarn @ninaganci @peadar @gardenfolk

Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, which put this shot on the Popular Page.

Thank you too for all your encouragement, help, care, support and love throughout the past year, and especially during the last three months while Katharine has spent time in hospital. The Peace of Christmas to you all.

Ian
December 24th, 2019  
@vignouse Richard, the biggest threat to the future of steam locomotive operation at the moment seems to be the availability of good quality coal to fuel these magnificent beasts. The current movement to end all coal mining is a major threat.

Ian
December 24th, 2019  
@fishers Now that's a problem I hadn't thought of ­čś×
December 24th, 2019  
@vignouse I just have to keep taking photos wherever and whenever I can, while the chance still exists!

Ian
December 24th, 2019  
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