The new-build stormed through Winwick twice yesterday, 24th June 2010, at the head of 'The Border Raider' railtour which ran Euston - Crewe- Carlisle and return. The Euston - Crewe leg and return were diesel hauled with A. H. Peppercorn's 4-6-2 given the job of conquering Shap on the Crewe-Carlisle leg, and an easier return over the S&C. It was on the latter stage that the train got held up by up to 90minutes.
I have already received a few pics of yesterday's railtour; two are shown here, others are 'banked' for future use. The first is the evening shot, through Winwick, from Geoff Monks showing the train in 'glinting' style.
The second pic, taken in equally fine sunshine, features the morning train and is from Jeff Nicholls.