THE age of steam is back.
Hundreds waited in anticipation as an historic steam train arrived in Huddersfield – four decades after the then British Rail abandoned steam.
The historic steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth steamed into Platform 8 at Huddersfield railway station yesterday morning – albeit a minute or two late – as part of the first of its weekly August journeys from Crewe to the Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough.
Rail enthusiasts and day trippers alike packed out the platform for a sight of the historic train, as it arrived to collect passengers for a nostalgic day out.
It is the 40 years since British Rail last ran a steam service.
Barbara Bushell, who now lives in Cleckheaton, was there with her family.
She said: “My husband spent many years of his life building trains so we have all spent much of our lives having a great fascination with them because of his influence. Sadly, he passed away last year so although we are very excited to be going to Scarborough today by steam train, it is also tinged with a great deal of sadness.”
Anne Bushell added: “We have always loved the nostalgia of steam trains, they are absolutely wonderful.
“To be travelling today on the Princess Elizabeth is a great privilege.”
The journey was organised by heritage rail operator, The Railway Touring Company, and The Scarborough Flyer will run every Friday in August.
Nigel Dobbing, managing director of The Railway Touring Company, said: “Last summer more than 5,000 people took one of our summer steam services and with this special anniversary and the high cost of petrol, we are expecting at least as many people to choose steam rail rather than their car for a day out this year.”
For details of the trips call The Railway Touring Company on 01553 661500.