Trevor - this gets even more 'spooky'. Out of 700-odd to choose from, guess which number I chose for my Hornby 8F?
To be fair, I did do a bit of research and identified her as a late survivor, based in the area. I also found a picture (on Lostock Hall shed) to base things on. Even so, bit of a coincidence but great to have photographic evidence of her in action over Shap in 1967.
(Apologies for crummy photo. I don't seem to have a better one at the moment. She needs a bit more weathering in any case)
As regards the last steam passenger train over Shap, you must be thinking of the celebrated Boxing Day Carlisle to Blackpool footie special, hauled by a specially cleaned 70013. The low morning lighting and spectacular exhaust effects on the northern climb to Shap made for some super photos, as seen in the railway press of the time. Unfortunately I wasn't there to see it myself! The same loco made the return climb from the south on the return, although photos of this northbound run don't seem to have surfaced. (Perhaps it was after daylight hours?)
As it was December and a returning football special then it would almost certainly have been in the dark. According to one account I've read, the train was stopped at Tebay for a banker - but none was available! The crew therefore had no option but to go 'all out' for a solo climb with their 11-coach train. That must have made some noise.
Edited by LNER4479, 07 December 2017 - 17:16 .