48151 and 6009 on 09 02 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. 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. 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. The result a rather grainy picture of Union of South Africa crossing the viaduct over the River Ribble.