ENGLISH Electric Type 4 No. D213 Andania returned to the main line in style on August 27, powering a Saphos Trains tour from Crewe to Carlisle via Shap and the Settle-Carlisle line.
It is more than 30 years since it last hauled a passenger train.
The trip was the first of three booked for the immaculate EE heavyweight, which made a series of test runs from Crewe in early- and mid-August prior to its return to passenger duties (see photograph) as part of Jeremy Hosking’s Locomotive Services Ltd fleet.
No. D213 will return to old haunts on October 6 with a trans-Pennine jaunt from Crewe to Scarborough via Manchester.
Three weeks later (October 27), it will visit another former Class 40 stronghold when it works from Crewe to Holyhead along the North Wales Coast line, also visiting the Conwy Valley line to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
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