Class 50s sparkle on Cumbrian coast

USING a pair of Class 50s is proving a popular railtour attraction, with a second charity tour selling out in a matter of weeks, this time promoted by The RM’s sister title Rail Express.

Working with the Class 50 Alliance, GB Railfreight, Pathfinder Tours and Riviera Trains to provide funds for The Railway Children charity, the ‘Cumbrian Hoovers’ tour started at Birmingham International behind Nos. 50049 Defiance and 50007 Hercules on April 14, running via Wolverhampton and the West Coast Main Line to Faringdon Jct and Hellifield for a photo stop.

Perfect sun on April 14: Nos. 50007 Hercules and 50049 Defiance pass Nethertown on the single-line section between Whitehaven and Sellafield. ANDY MASON

A steady climb over the Settle & Carlisle line, watched by large crowds, preceded an arrival in the border city for a two-hour break. Then it was a rare passage for the intrepid duo around the Cumbrian Coast Line via Sellafield before returning to Birmingham, with another photostop at Barrow-in-Furness.

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