30 August 2016
6201 Princess Elizabeth successfully completed her first mainline tour since overhaul on the 23rd August, when she took the Steam Dreams ‘Cathedrals Express’ service from London to the West Somerset Railway.
Then on Sunday 28th, 6201 departed London Kings Cross en-route to Peak Rail at Rowsley. Lizzie hauled the train effortlessly up the East Coast Mainline to the delight of passengers and onlookers alike. Whilst a diesel locomotive took the passengers onwards to Peak Rail, 6201 was serviced as planned at Derby’s Chaddesden Sidings, but on carrying out a routine checks, it was discovered that the water pipe between the tender and locomotive had been torn off; possibly on a tight curve entering the sidings. Despite the best efforts of the fireman and crew, unfortunately the repair couldn’t be completed without a suitable maintenance pit and in time to take the train back to London. Therefore later that evening, 6201 was taken to the nearby West Shed facility at the Midland Railway Centre for repair where she will remain on site until preparing for the next charter tour from Bristol to Shrewsbury on the 10th September; see www.steamdreams.co.uk
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Photo: London Kings Cross by Roland Norton