Unusual pairing sparkles in sunshine and snow

THE rare combination of a Thompson ‘B1’ 4-6-0 and a rebuilt ‘Merchant Navy’ was the highlight of February 2’s ‘Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express’. 

No. 61306 Mayflower and No. 35018 British India Line worked north to Carlisle via the West Coast Main Line and returned later in the day via the Settle to Carlisle Line, enjoying glorious conditions of bright sunshine and fresh snow. 

61306 Mayflower and 34018 British India Line power past Scout Green with the 1Z86, the Euston to Carlisle ‘Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express’ on February 2.

On the northbound leg, the immaculate duo glisten in the snow as they climb towards Shap at Scout Green. JOHN HALES

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