She arrived wreathed in steam and gleaming in the sunshine.
And this Grand Old Lady of the railways was given an enthusiastic welcome to Huddersfield by a clutch of steam buffs.
They gathered on the platform at Huddersfield railway station to welcome Bittern, an A4 Pacific class locomotive and sister to the record-breaking steam engine Mallard.
Bittern called into town for a 20-minute stop on her journey from the Crewe Heritage Centre to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where she will spend much of the summer.
Martin Wood, of Huddersfield, was one of the steam enthusiasts there to greet her.
“There were about 10 of us there for a very rare visitor.
“Bitern passed through Huddersfield about a month ago on her way to Crewe from The Great Gathering of steam engines at the National Railway Museum in York, but did not stop.
“She had been one of six classes of this locomotive at the exhibition and two of them, the Dwight D Eisenhower and the Dominion of Canada, have now been shipped back to the United States.
“This time, Bittern did stop off in Huddersfield for 20 minutes and we were able to get a really good look at her.
“She operates steam express specials on the East Coast line but she is a rare visitor to this line.
“There is a very good following of people watching preserved steam locomotives and there is a website for all those who want to know when and where they will be”.
Locomotive 4464 Bittern was built in Doncaster in 1937
She is a Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive
Others in the same class include the Sir Nigel Gresley and Mallard
She carries a Garter Blue livery
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