The Cheshireman - 2nd April 2011
Cleethorpes to Chester

(photo - Corin Heathcote)
44871 pulls away from Cleethorpes somewhat later than its planned 0630 departure time.

(photo - Corin Heathcote)
47786 and 47760 remain at Cleethorpes having pulled the steam special in from the Barnetby stabling point earlier in day.

(photo - Corin Heathcote)
Photo taken some minutes before departure from Cleethorpes - a problem on braking system required last
minute repairs - then the special had to wait to follow the 7:00 to Barton-on-Humber and the 7:18 to Manchester Airport.

The special train pulls into Grimsby Town station about 54 mins later than planned.

(photo - Paul Day)
44871 pulls into platform 2 at Grimsby Town station...

(photo - Paul Day)
...and comes to a halt under the Wellowgate footbridge.

(photo Bill Gladwell)
Seen from the other side of the track.

A spirited departure from Grimsby pictured from Deansgate Bridge.

(photo - Peter Enefer)
The train is now well into its journey through North Lincolnshire and is bathed in the early morning sunshine..

(photo - Peter Enefer) it powers through Crowle station in fine style.

(photo - Danny Young)
Seen just down the line at Medge Hall heading towards Doncaster.

(photo - Tony Bradley)
After arrival at Chester station 14 mins early - all of the lost time and a bit more made up!

(photo - Tony Bradley)
Now seen 15 mins before departure is due - 44871 hauled the train as far as Brightside (Sheffield),
where it was replaced by 47786 "Roy Castle OBE", which took the train back to Cleethorpes.

(photo - Tony Bradley)
Planned water stop at Denton on return journey - hose can be seen attached to loco tender.

(photo - Peter Salmon)
It`s now about 1945 in the evening at Hathersage Station in the Hope Valley as 44871 returns towards Sheffield.