Sorry for the absence of postings these last few days. Rather busy with the three days of scheduled steam hauled trains over the S&C - the first for nearly 50 years.
Each day the main trains were full up and would-be passengers were left at Skipton - 300 or so of them. 5,500 made it and travelled on the trains and the whole thing was a huge success, attracting worldwide media coverage. Here in the UK there were live feeds into the BBC TV news bulletins throughout day one. I travelled on all twelve trains in my On-Train-Guide capacity and am now a sworn-in trained door-steward too, but I shall not let it go to my head.
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures captured on the S&C web cameras:
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. . . . . . and emerging from the north end of Blea Moor tunnel:
And here's a super black-and-white picture of the morning northbound train crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct on 14th February. It is well worth clicking to enlarge to reveal the unprecedented number of cars parked on the Hawes - Ingleton road behind the viaduct and one of several drones that were in the air at that stage of the journey. Can you see it?
Today we have got the log burning stove cracking in the roof room and the weather has obliged with a blizzard. Grandchildren, log burner, blizzard and the Six Nations on the HDTV up in the sky with a 360 view. What more could a chap want?
Nice thought of course but a waste of money maybe.
It was not long before a hero with a black felt-tip changed an 'a' to a 'u' so it became a place where everyone mutters.
That was the thrust of my 2012 Blog post and, sadly I cannot find a picture online. The Red Rose County Council was quick to remove and replace such defaced signs, more's the pity on several grounds.
Undefeated, the heroes have struck back with a far more easily achieved, slightly more subtle and equally appropriate modification:
Makes you feel proud to have a sense of fun and to live in Yorkshire.
Found this on E-bay and bought it. It shows the original water tower at Appleby station. It was demolished when steam 'finished' in 1968 but that was regretted soon afterwards as steam gradually returned. Appleby Round Table built a replacement in 1991, which serves to this day.
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What was the curious wooden structure on the top of the tank all about?
Not sure how this image has eluded my pathetic obsession with Settle-Carlisle water towers.
It is from a postcard produced in support of the Save It campaign of the 1980s. The reverse is just as interesting for its wording. It will appear below when I receive the postcard.
Many moons ago I posted some details about Settle's other railway water tower at Giggleswick, courtesy of Michael Soames who has now sent me this one, dated ?1962:
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Less than half the capacity of Settle's tower, it is probably older. It has seen better days and there is a curious and large hole to the right of its base. Other pictures show a substantial chimney at that corner of the tower:
The picture below, taken from the fields to the west of the line appears to show the stump of the chimney during demolition, which probably explains the hole.
Judging by the lack of foliage on the trees and their size, these three pictures seem to be a set.
Country life can be a bit boring sometimes so the demise of a local landmark seems to have made the photographs worthwhile!