"The Londoner" - Cleethorpes to Kings Cross - 27th March 2004

The Railway Touring Company`s "Londoner" at Cleethorpes station 0605hrs 27th Mar 2004
prior to departure (steam hauled all way) to London Kings Cross.

Thompson B1 locomotive society`s 61264 disguised as 61001 "Eland" receives last minute attention from support crew at Cleethorpes.

The original "Eland" nameplates are owned by RTC.

The B1 getting into its stride passing through Grimsby Docks station (now an unstaffed single track affair) at 0625hrs.

Looking at ease on former B1 territory the special heads towards Pasture St. level crossing and its second pickup at Grimsby Town station.

(photo by on train correspondent Bill Gladwell)
The B1 at Kings Cross station at the end of its run from Cleethorpes.

(photo by on train correspondent Bill Gladwell)
Passengers having alighted at the Cross and the whole train is towed out of station.
The train returned to Cleethorpes, as planned  by diesel power, later in day.