Leander and the Ribblehead Viaduct

Steam Loco "Leander" crosses the Ribblehead Viaduct
Steam Loco 'Leander' crosses the Ribblehead Viaduct

I’ve wanted to get a picture of the Ribblehead Viaduct for some time – it’s such a fantastic structure. Then I thought how much better it would look with a train actually crossing it. Then, what if that train was actually a steam train! 😛 After some research (using the internet’s answer to everything; Google) as to when one was due we set off to get the shot already in my mind’s eye… Luckily the train’s schedule coincided with a great weather forecast!

I’d discovered that the steam train was leaving Warrington, after being towed by diesel loco from Hereford, at 10.44am. What I hadn’t appreciated was just how slow a steam train made progress, it didn’t get to the viaduct until nearly 12.30!!! The whole morning of awesome climbing weather had been used up waiting, stood on top of a grassy hummock alongside the railway with camera poised. Although we were not alone – on our hummock alone were another eleven photographers – and everwhere one looked there were photographers and other enthusiasts (train spotters 😉 ) huddled ready for the train…

When the train did show, first just a faint sound and a waft of steam above the ridge line curving round to us, it was amazing. Such a beautiful engine in an inspiring location. Although perhaps one of the most fantastic things was the sound. Next time, video (with sound). :star:

[Added Monday 6pm to help Colin identify the engine… 😉 ]

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