THE arrival of a train into Huddersfield Railway Station would never attract more than passengers.
But it was a different scene at 9.41am yesterday when a 64-year-old steam train locomotive, rolled onto the station’s tracks.
And it attracted crowds of railway enthusiasts to the station’s platforms.
It was the first of eight trips taking people to the seaside in style.
The 34067 Tangmere is an un-rebuilt Battle of Britain Class Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive, built in 1947 at Brighton for use on Southern Railway express passenger routes.
It was hauling the classic 1950s and 60s rail carriages of The Scarborough Flyer. After Huddersfield it called at Wakefield Kirkgate and York before heading to the Yorkshire coast.
Heritage rail tour operator The Railway Touring Company, is also promising outings for two other historic locomotives – 70013 Oliver Cromwell and 5305 Black 5 – during the weekly trips.
Nigel Dobbing, The Railway Touring Company’s managing director, said: “The Scarborough Flyer will be a trip down memory lane for many who, as children, enjoyed the seaside excursion trains run by British Railways in the 1950s.”