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Take in the scenic surrounds if the Irwell Valley from the best seat in the house, the seat on a train pulled by one of your favourite heritage locomotives. This steam spectacular will star both 34092 “City of Wells” and the sister of “Mallard”, 60009 “Union of South Africa” as they run intensive passenger services along the East Lancashire Railway line.
The “City of Wells” is just one of a class of locos known collectively as Light Pacifics, or more informally as Spam Cans. Designed and built during the Second World War, the engine is relatively lightweight, very versatile and was easy and cheap to produce, a priority when Britain was starved of resources.
The “Union of South Africa” is an older and heavier engine, put together to run passenger services in the late 1930s. The distinct bullet shaped design gives the engine an instantly recognisable silhouette and increases its speed, in fact 60009’s sister engine – 4468 “Mallard” – holds the world record for fastest ever steam locomotive.
Don’t miss this fantastic enthusiast event.
Standard railway travel fares apply, see Timetables and Fares page for more details.