The Railway Touring Company ran the Lindum Fayre on Saturday 8 December from Kings Cross to Lincoln to coincide with the annual Lincoln Christmas market which attracted around 250,000 visitors this year, a drop of over 100,000. Many stall holders blamed the drop on the new one way system which was introduced this year. However the actual attendance was on a par with 2009 and organisers said the increase in 2011 was due to the fact that the 2010 event was cancelled. LNER A4 4-6-2 60009 Union of South Africa is seen accelerating away from Sleaford North Junction with plenty of steam for the gallery of photographers situated around the crossing and on the A17 embankment. I am told by a friend who went to try and see the train on Lincoln station itself that it was like a cattle market and he gave up in the end, exactly why I never go to large stations any more to see steam engines!!
Steam Dreams return tour from York to Kings Cross on Saturday 14 August 2010 coasts past Joan Croft Junction with A1 Peppercorn 60163 Tornado in charge. As always seems to happen the sun decided to hide just when she approached, and then promptly re-appeared a few minutes later!! Tornado, named after the Panavia 'Tornado' jet aircraft is the first steam locomtive to have been built since the last one was built in 1960 (Evening Star). Construction started on 22 April 1994 at Scunthorpe Steelworks and first steaming was in 2008. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust was formed in 1990 whose initial aim was to build an A1, and maybe further locomotives. The A1 Trust intended Tornado to be built from scratch, designed and built as the next locomotive in the A1 Peppercorn class, not as a replica or restoration project, but an evolution of the class incorporating design improvements that would have occurred had steam motive power continued on the mainline railway.
0-4-0ST Works No 1438 built by Peckett & Sons of Bristol in 1912, now preserved by the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society based within the giant Corus Scunthorpe steelworks. The extensive rail network within the plant covers over 100 miles of track and the Society organise regular events for enthusiasts, including brake van trips around the complex, which I can thoroughly recommend.
Royal Scot No 46115 Scots Guardsman leading 1Z22 the White Rose tour from York to Kings Cross paasing the down loop at Claypole south of Newark. 6115 was built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. It was named Scots Guardsman in 1928 after the Scots Guards , it starred in the 1936 film Night Mail. 6115 was renumbered by British Railways after nationalisation in 1948 and was withdrawn from service in 1965. The loco was purchased by West Coast railways and returned to the main line in 2008.
Black 5 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier with support coach forming 5Z66 takes a short breather in the centre roads at Carlisle en route from York to Fort William to replace one of the other engines being used on the regular Jacobite tours. Passengers and spotters on the platforms were subjected to some rather dodgy trombone playing from I suspect a slightly inebriated member of the support team. This loco was built by the Armstrong Whitworth Company of Newcastle in 1937 for the L.M.S Railway, its work number being 1462. Being 1 of 226 engines, this was to be the largest order ever placed with a private builder by a British Railway Company the order being worth £2.7m at that time.