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WATCH: Steam locomotive Sierra Leone takes on The Settle & Carlisle and Steep Gradients in Style!

Tuesday 31st August saw LMS Jubilee Class No. 45699 Galatea as scrapped sister locomotives 45627 Sierra Leone on the smokebox door number and nameplate and 45562 Alberta on the cab numbers haul The Pendle Dalesman over the S&C to Carlisle.

The Pendle Dalesman is a railtour operated by West Coast Railway which runs from Lancaster to Carlisle and returns via the Settle & Carlisle Railway on certain Tuesdays from May to September every year hauled by one of the steam locomotives in the pool at Carnforth Steamtown, home of West Coast Railways

The Pendle Dalesman on 31st August would see 45699 travel through stations such Preston, Pleasington, Blackburn, Langho, Clitheroe, Hellifield, Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen & Appleby.

In this video, RailView captured the Jubilee on the outward leg at:

  • Hoghton, Lancashire passing through at 09:05, 1 minute late.
  • Nappa, Yorkshire, passing through at 10:09, no report.
  • Selside, Yorkshire, passing through at 11:28, 8 minutes late.
Credit: Cameron White / RailView

The return leg would see Galatea at:

  • Birkett Common, Cumbria, passing through at 16:45, 7 minutes late.
  • Langho, Lancashire, passing through at 19:37, 1 minute late.

Info about 45699 Galatea: 

  • Designed by Sir William Stanier.
  • Built by the LMS at Crewe Works, in 1936.
  • Numbered 5699 in 1936.
  • Renumbered 45699 in 1948.
  • It was withdrawn from BR service in 1964.
  • Transferred to Woodham Brothers Scrapyard in 1965.
  • Purchased for preservation in 1980 as a spare donor for sister loco, 45690 Leander.
  • She returned to steam in 2013 after a 10-year restoration by West Coast Railways.
  • She is based at Carnforth Steamtown in Lancashire.
  • In late 2019 she was repainted from unauthentic BR maroon livery to BR lined Brunswick green with late crest and was renamed and renumbered to scrapped classmate 45562 Alberta.
  • She is operational and hauls mainline railtours mainly around the north, but has been known to visit the south.
  • In 2021, she now shares the identity of scrapped classmate 45627 Sierra Leone as well as 45562 Albertas numbers on her cab.
Credit: Cameron White / RailView

Info about 45627 Sierra Leone:

  • Designed by Sir William Stanier.
  • Built by the LMS at Crewe Works in 1934.
  • Numbered 5627 in 1934.
  • Named Sierra Leone in 1936.
  • Renumbered 45627 in 1948.
  • Withdrawn from BR service in 1966.
  • Scrapped at Cashmores, Newport, South Wales in 1967.

Info about 45562 Alberta: 

  • Designed by Sir William Stanier.
  • Built by the North British Locomotive Company at Glasgow, in 1934.
  • Numbered 5562 in 1934.
  • Named Alberta in 1936.
  • Renumbered 45562 in 1948.
  • Alberta was the last Jubilee in BR service.
  • Withdrawn from BR service in 1967.
  • Scrapped at Cashmores, Newport, South Wales in 1968.
  • A lot of parts from 45562 Alberta still exist on 45699 Galatea .

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