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It was planned as a day following the 'Scots Guardsman' on the Cumbria Mountain Express, however with a delayed departure from London, due to a problem with the Class 86, we (Simon Kerry and I) decided have a slight detour to the East Lancs to see 'Union of South Africa'. This proved to be my undoing. I didn't realise it at the time, but the camera battery in my old D300 was draining fast, so much so that when we later reached Salterwath, the battery died on me as the express approached. Not a happy bunny! I was able to get a 'record' shot with my phone as the Scot passed Kirby Stephen.

 

Further to the camera; my D810 is currently being repaired, again! A different issue from last years repair.

 

Stanier 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 no.46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ heads away from Kirkby Stephen station with the return leg of the latest 'Winter Cumbrian Coast Express'.

 

My thanks to Peter Ainsworth, as his recent posting prompted us to seek out this locale.

A day of typical "Settle Carlisle weather". Heavy showers and very occasional sunny spells. Fortunately, the sun decided to put in a partial appearance at Ais Gill Viaduct, as 46115 'Scots Guardsman' approaches the summit on a flawless Cumbrian Mountain Express working.

"Scots Guardsman" powers "The Fellsman" excursion train of June 3rd 2015 through the Mallerstang valley in overcast conditions, with the summit of the long climb from Appleby almost in view.

With a passing shower still clinging to a moody looking Mallerstang Edge, and the sun attempting to make an appearance, 46115 'Scots Guardsman' makes a steady climb towards Ais Gill summit with the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' of 20 May 2017.

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Shadows from the heavy clouds move rapidly across Dentdale as the 1Z87 14:40 Carlisle to Lomdon Euston return 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' with 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0 46115 'Scots Guardsman' in charge threads its way around the eastern edge of Dentdale, approaching the derelict former farmhouse high above Cowgill.

 

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"Scots Guardsman" attacks the climb to Aisgill with the final Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express of the 2014 season. Here seen passing Greengate at full chat. Impressive!

With the river Lune, the West Coast Main Line, the M6 Motorway and the A685 all vying for space as they squeeze through the Lune Gorge, 46115 'Scots Guardsman' hurries by with the Cumbrian Coast Express of 25 March 2017.

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This was a bit of a gamble, so close to sunset, but it paid off. Seconds before the sun dipped behind the hills to the west, 46115 'Scots Guardsman' climbs past Stockber.

With temperature at a unseasonal high of 16º there was little exhaust to seen from the hard working 'Scot'. Here Stanier 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 no.46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ is seen powering past Beck Holes, Grayrigg, with the latest Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express. Note there is still snow on the fells over to the left.

Waking to news that the Cumbrian Mountain Express of 22 April 2017 was running around 90 minutes late due to problems in the London area, and uncertainty about the tour, we delayed our departure from home to see how things developed.

This allowed us to watch the final few frames of the Snooker World Championship match between O'Sullivan and Murphy before setting off to see the Scot.

The later 'path' over Shap, resulted in the lighting conditions being more favourable than usual, and so, far from almost being 'snookered', we were treated to a fine display from 46115 'Scots Guardsman' and her crew, as she tackled the climb to the summit.

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Scots Guardsman in full cry on the ascent of Shap is always a hair raising experience, and so it proved on 20th May 2017 with one of its final runs (?) with the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express. I took a risk coming to this exposed position on a day of frequent downpours, and indeed was caught in one. I am grateful to Michael Anderson who kindly offered me shelter beneath his copious umbrella! Thankfully the storm trundled eastwards minutes before the train arrived!

46115 rounding the curve out of St Bees.

Then a chase over to Eskmeals for another crack.

Saturday 25 March 2017.

With a mile to go to the summit, Scots Guardsman powers the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express over Aisgill Viaduct on the golden evening of April 22nd 2017.

Stanier 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 no.46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ hugs the coast line at Parton, near Whitehaven, with the return leg of the 'Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express'.

Scots Guardsman approaches Aisgill Viaduct with the southbound Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express of 20th May 2017. This is most likely its last run over the Settle before a major overhaul. It is putting on a splendid performance, as befits the occasion. It was a pleasure also to touch base with Ian Cawthorne, Gordon Edgar and Mark Fielding this afternoon.

Royal Scot No.46115 'Scots Guardsman' pounds up Mallerstang, past the brick overbridge at Angerholme with a southbound 'Waverley' working.

Glimpsed through a single gap in an ancient dry stone wall high above Cowgilll and Dentdale, 46115 'Scots Guardsman' is glimpsed passing over Arten Gill viaduct and on to Denthead viaduct and Blea Moor Tunnel, before disappearing out of sight and sound, the 1Z87 14:40 Carlisle to London Euston 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' on Saturday 13th May 2017.

 

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On the return leg of the Cumbrian Mountain Express, 46115 'Scots Guardsman' passes through Langho en-route to Farington Junction where the Class 86 will take over to London Euston.

*Note that the shot is took from the safety of the foot crossing*

Royal Scot Class locomotive 46115 'Scots Guardsman', carrying the 'Thames Clyde Express' headboard, lifts the Cumbrian Fellsman tour of 07 February 2009 over Ais Gill summit, in fine style.

The tour was originally planned to return southwards over Shap, but, fortunately, was diverted over a very snowy S&C!

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A surprise burst of sunshine illuminates "Scots Guardsman" as it approaches Aisgill viaduct with the southbound Waverley, July 28th 2012.

An extremely wet midday in the Lune Gorge as 46115 'Scots Guardsman with sanders in action storms away in fine form from the level stretch at Dillicar and tackles the 1 in 146 climb up towards Tebay heading the 1Z86 07:10 London Euston to Carlisle (and return south via the Cumbrian Coast) 'Winter Cumbrian Coast Express' charter on Saturday 28th January 2017.

 

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46115 pictured leading @The Fellsman' on it's return leg passing Brindle. 26/06/2013.

after restarting from the helsby waterstop the salopian express catches a glimmer of sunshine as royal scot 4-6-0 46115 scots guardsman climbs through the tree lined cutting towards dunham on the hill

46115 'Scots Guardsman' departs Nethertown Halt with 'The Cumbrian Coast Express' of 12 April 2014.

The Scot paused briefly at the platform, presumably, to check for any 'clearance' issues.

The Halt's heyday appears to have been during the 1940-50s, when it served a large contractor camp at Nethertown housing the workers building the nearby Sellafield Nuclear plant.

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46115 'Scots Guardsman', dashes across Borrow Beck viaduct as she prepares to tackle Shap once again, whilst hauling the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' of 20 May 2017.

With the locomotive nearing the end of her current 10 year bolier certificate before overhaul, she shows little sign of fatigue and has generally been a strong and very reliable Main Line performer.

The viaduct. completed in the 1840's, is mainly hidden from view to the many travellers passing by on the nearby M6 Motorway each day.

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Scots Guardsman progresses very sedately,but more or less on time, with the Carlisle to London Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express at Birkett Common on 13th May 2017. Possibly extra caution was needed because of fire hazard after a very dry month?

The classic 'close-up' perspective of Ais Gill viaduct, favoured by many photographers over the decades is alas no longer available due to the installation of railings on the parapet and elsewhere, and not least tree growth obliterating a clear view of the arches, but it is still a splendid grandstand location to see locomotives, steam or diesel, climbing the final leg of the 'mountain section' of the Settle-Carlisle line. Approaching the end of its mainline certificate, 46115 is sounding better than it has for some time as confidently blasts over the viaduct heading the 1Z87 14:40 Carlisle to London Euston 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' on Saturday 20th May 2017.

 

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Stanier 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 no.46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ powers through the gloom at Greenholme with the Railway Touring Company’s "Midday Scot" from Manchester Victoria-Carlisle-Edinburgh. She was working very well at this point, as she headed towards the Shap summit.

 

It was good to meet up with 'Captainkez' here.

Stanier power at Hellifield Green.

Scots Guardsman crosses the magnificent Arten Gill viaduct with the northbound Fellsman, 27th July 2011.

Stanier Royal Scot class 4-6-0 46115 'Scots Guardsman' makes a late appearance running into Carlisle heading the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express charter, the 1Z86 07:09 from London Euston on Saturday 28 March 2015, its late arrival believed to be due to a problematic injector. Heavy overnight and morning rainfall and well-positioned passengers on the platform provided just the opportunity that I had been waiting for.

 

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46115 Scots Guardsman powers past a very gloomy Brock

On a grey, chilly day in the Shap Fells, "Scots Guardsman" powers up the incline with the Cumbrian Coast Express of March 14th 2015.

The classic 'close-up' perspective of Ais Gill viaduct, favoured by many photographers over the decades is alas no longer ideal due to the installation of railings on the parapet and elsewhere, and not least tree growth obliterating a clear view of the arches, but it is still a splendid grandstand location to see locomotives, steam or diesel, climbing the final leg of the 'mountain section' of the Settle-Carlisle line. Approaching the end of its mainline certificate, 46115 'Scots Guardsman' is sounding better than it has for some time as confidently blasts over the viaduct heading the 1Z87 14:40 Carlisle to London Euston 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' on Saturday 20th May 2017.

 

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"Scots Guardsman" in fine fettle as it storms Aisgill, several minutes ahead of schedule, with the southbound "Waverley" of July 22nd 2012.. A wonderful sight and sound, it cannot fail to impress!

"Scots Guardsman" crosses Dent Head viaduct with the Fellsman train of 26th June 2013.

There are worse places than this to while away an hour or two....

46115 'Scots Guardsman' visiting Shrewsbury with the 'Salopian Express' from Dumfries on Wednesday 22nd March 2017, approaching Crewe Junction signalbox and heading for Coton Hill sidings. This 1902-03 box built for the London and North Western and Great Western Railway Joint Committee has a 120-lever interlocking frame and is Grade II listed.

 

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46115 "Scots Guardman" is seen heading south through Platform 1 at Settle working the Railway Touring Company "The Cumbrian Mountain Express" 1Z87 14:40 Carlisle to London Euston.

 

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46115 "Scots Guardsman" is seen at Blea Moor with the outward "Cumbrian Fellsman" from Manchester Victoria to Carlisle . 7/2/09. This was my first shot of Scots Guardsman hauling a loaded train since overhaul and everything came together to make it one of the best shots of my career! The shot was published as the centre-spread in the April 2009 edition of Railway Magazine.

"Scots Guardsman" takes the climb to Aisgill in its stride with the southbound Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express of February 15th 2014.

royal scot 4-6-0 46115 scots guardsman takes on water at the ornate , and still semaphore signalled station at helsby with the carnforth -shrewsbury salopian express

Back in 2009, 46115 heads a full set of maroon Mk1's over Ais Gill with a returning Waverley.

Not quite the full bore sunshine others got further south, but still happy with the result. Scots Guardsman passes the gallery of two at Armathwaite, with the delayed southbound Cumbrian Mountain Express, 22/04/17.

Ais Gill viaduct and surrounds, as it is in 2017 warts 'n all, with 46115 'Scots Guardsman' performing admirably in charge of the 1Z87 14:40 Carlisle to London Euston 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' on Saturday 20th May 2017.

 

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In the rapidly descending gloom, as the sun sets behind the hill, the now 49 minute late running 'Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express' picks up the pace as Stanier 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 no.46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ passes through attractive Grange-over-Sands station.

Running over 1 hr late Ex LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class 46115 "Scots Guardsman powers through Bamber Bridge in the rain with the "Lune Rivers Trust" railtour.

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