Evening Star and the Pines Express. 02/02/16.

February 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Tuesday 2nd February seen a Timeline Events photo charter take place at the the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire which utilised Class 9F 92212 masquerading as 92220 Evening Star. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway which ran between Bath Green Park and Bournemouth West over some difficult terrain - a victim of the infamous Beeching Axe. One of the most famous express trains in the UK traversed the line; the Pines Express which ran between Manchester London Road (now known as Manchester Piccadilly) and Bournemouth West.

92220 Evening Star is indeed recorded as working the Pines Express back on the 8th September 1962 and, coupled with the fact the Great Central Railway is a mixture of double and single track this proved a great recreation. The S&DJR was indeed a combination of single and double track running as well.

Photo's can be found here: http://jamespower.zenfolio.com/p52083215

And some video footage here: https://youtu.be/Dh819c5AJ2o?list=PLYjn95V7D_2yrAtkVzT8YiTwdIttR8IPQ    


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