Fort William Steam ECS Passing Coatbridge
On 25th May 2006 (yesterday as I type this!) the annual steam ECS working from Carnforth to Fort William was booked to run behind LNER Class B1 loconmotive 61264. The usual route was to be followed, which involves running up the West Coast main line, round the Wishaw loop, up through Coatbridge, down through Springburn, and out through Maryhill to Craigendoran and the West Highland line. Even although I took the day off I didn't consider it worthwhile to try and see it at more than one location as trying to outrun a train, even one hauled by a steam locomotive, is generally a losing game! I therefore chose to go to Coatbridge, as there is a car park opposite the Summerlea Heritage centre where the railway through Coatbridge Central station can be viewed for a fair distance over a wall of suitable height without having to take more than a few steps from my car!
In the original version of this feature, I included pictures of the trains I saw before the steam ECS arrived, but since this section of my revised album is intended for pictures of steam workings only, I have removed them for use elsewhere.
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