GBXII, days seven and nine

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Fred Hadleigh and James Foster

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The "Great Britain XII" railtour came to an end on Sunday 5th May with a run from Scarborough to Reading, which should have gone to Paddington. Curiously, the passengers had enjoyed (endured?) a non-railway day in Scarborough the previous day, the train having travelled from Ayr to Scarborough on the Friday. On that day we see the penultimate locomotive used on the tour, no 35018 "British India Line", which took over from the previously-seen nos 1264 and 44871 at Carlisle to run via the S&C to Scarborough, passing Cononley in Yorkshire on the River Aire. It was running slowly as it had arrived in Skipton early and had had to await a service train to run ahead of it. The tour had, up to this point, run immaculately, the only exception being a slight delay on the "optional" trip to Aberdeen and a delay here of 10 minutes due to the service train; 35018 nevertheless, made up that deficit and arrived in Scarborough 8 minutes early. Sadly, the last day was hit by "The Curse of Flying Scotsman" as trespassers kept causing delays, such as this one at Barton-under-Needwood where the driver of a service train stopped to order them off the line before "Scotsman" could appear, some 55 minutes late. By the time the train got to Reading it was three hours late and it was terminated there, a sad end to a highly successful tour.

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