‘Lizzie’ back on main line after repairs at Carnforth

STANIER Pacific No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth made its main line charter comeback on
April 30 with a West Coast Railways ‘Dalesman’ outing over the Settle to Carlisle (S&C) line . 

Out of action since November 2016, the LMS 4-6-2 made two test runs from Carnforth to Hellifield on March 14 and 28, the latter being a loaded proving run after the rectification of minor issues discovered during the earlier run. 

LMS ‘Princess Royal’ No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth made its return to main line passenger duties on April 30 after an absence of almost three years. The Carnforth-based Stanier Pacific hauled a York to Carlisle ‘Dalesman’ tour from Hellifield to Carlisle and return. MATT DITCH

No. 6201 is now based at Carnforth as part of the WCRC main line steam pool, and is initially to be used sparingly within easy reach of its new home – for example on S&C trains, such as that on April 30 when it worked from Hellifield to Carlisle and return. 

No. 6201 has been under repair at West Coast Railway’s Carnforth base since February 2018.

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