The Waverley Steamer passes through Shipley Aug 2019.

The Waverley' - 11th August 2019- LMS no 45699 'Galatea' - York to Carlisle

The charter train 'The Waverley' came from York to Carlisle and back via the Settle to Carlisle line. It was steam hauled by LMS Jubilee class no 45699 'Galatea'. 11th August 2019.

The train left York hauled by steam locomotive No.45699 Galatea at 09:30 and headed for Church Fenton where it took direct route to Leeds.

After a stop to pick up more passengers at Leeds, Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton. there wa a stop for the steam locomotive to take on water before it joined the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction. Here begins one of the most arduous climbs on Britain’s railway network, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100.

45699 was designed by LMS Chief Mechanical Engineer William Stanier, built at Crewe Works as LMS 5699 in April 1936 and withdrawn from service by British Railways as 45699 in November 1964.

After leaving Settle station the train crosses the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct and enters Blea Moor Tunnel. PassIing through Dent Dale and the highest open station in England at Dent, it makes its final ascent to Ais Gill Summit (1169 feet), Kirkby Stephen and on to to Appleby where the locamotive takes on water. From here it continues onto Carlisle .

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