4472 "Flying Scotsman" lays a smokescreen near Clapham station, on the southern leg of a Cumbrian Mountain Express5690 "Leander" is working hard near All Stretton, on a southbound special
6000 "King George V" was a favourite on the "North and West" for many years - here he is steaming well down the bank near Marshbrook4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" was a much rarer sighting on the route - seen here climbing Gresford bank
46229 "Duchess of Hamilton" is on the "North and West", near Baschurch I think...34092 "City of Wells" is seen on a different route altogether - leaving Poppleton to head, anticlockwise, around the "York Circle"
Another shot of the Duchess, this time approaching Ais Gill summit with an S&C "Cumbrian Mountain Express".850 "Lord Nelson" is in a different corner of the country altogether - nearing the top of Llanvihangel bank, north of Abergavenny
850 "Lord Nelson" is going well near Selside, with the northbound S&C leg of the same train, same day
Lord Nelson is seen again, a little later, on the final stretch to Ais Gill Summit46229 is working hard across Ribblehead viaduct
SR 777 "Sir Lamiel" is seen on an outing on the "North and West" - firstly approaching All Stretton, then topping the short climb from Craven Arms, near Stokesay
Long lens steam specials
Here are some pictures that have lain in "the archives" for a number of years - taken in the early 80s, they are all on 35mm, taken with a 300mm lens (one or two with a 2x converter) and 400ASA film, possibly uprated to 1600ASA. I would click away on the long lens when the train was still a little way off, switching to the other camera as it approached. If it stopped raining, that is - on dull days I only took b&w...
"GWR 150" specials on the Sapperton route - firstly, 5051 "Drysllwyn Castle" is seen approaching Sapperton tunnel from the east, and in slightly better weather, on the climb from the west, at Frampton Mansell
60009 "Union of South Africa" is seen clearing Armathwaite viaduct, near the northern end of the Settle and Carlisle