© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
There were one or two real veterans out on the main line in
1976 - LNWR no. 790 "Hardwicke" being the chief attraction,
though it was a great pleasure to see the Midland Compound
no. 1000 out too. I decided to head for Yorkshire to see these
two in action...
My recollections of the day are now rather vague (it's nearly 30
years ago, at the time of writing). The train was organised by
the Gainsborough Model Railway Society, and ran from York to
Leeds via Harrogate, then out via Skipton and Hellifield to
Carnforth. 790 and 1000 hauled the outward working - the train
returned hauled by 4472 "Flying Scotsman".
I think the train must have spent some time in Leeds - after the
Arthington pictures, we had time to call in at Embsay, where the
Yorkshire Dales Railway (now the Embsay and Bolton Abbey
Steam Railway) was beginning to take shape.