Although steam locos from Carnforth still sporadically climbed Shap from the south with traffic to/from the quarry and cement works just past the summit well into 1968, there is a good case for regarding 1967 as the 'real' end of steam, since a) it was the final year of steam passenger working on the line, b) it was the last year of normal through steam working of any kind to/from Carlisle following the closure of Kingmoor to steam at the end of the year (unless anyone knows differently) and c) it was definitely the last full year of steam on Shap.
Several of the railway magazines are currently featuring articles on steam over Shap, so, with the proviso of a question mark in the title, how about a thread to mark 1967 as the 'half century' with pictures and memories from that year?
I'll start the ball rolling with two shots of Brits in action from the final summer.
70029 climbs past Shap Wells with the 13.20 Euston to Glasgow (1S80) on 15th July 1967. Amazingly, this was a summer Saturday train which was rostered non-stop from Crewe to Carlisle for a 'Britannia'. My abiding memory is seeing the driver doff his cap to the assembled photographers as he pounded past!
One of the final spectacles of the steam era was seeing locos picking up water from troughs at speed. This is 70039 doing just that on Dillicar troughs, just past Tebay station, after dropping down from Shap summit with a Saturdays-only Glasgow to Liverpool express (1M38) on 15th July 1967.
Let's see more!
Edited by Trev52A, 24 November 2017 - 23:27 .