BIL in the Dales

Author/Source: 

John Martin

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As the end of 2018 approaches with no more main line scheduled steam services we start our annual retrospective of highlights from the past 12 months with a couple of views of what was one of the most important returns to steam from 2017 in the form of Bulleid's first "Merchant Navy" to have been rebuilt, "Merchant Navy" no. 35018 "British India Line", affectionately known as BIL. The locomotive became West Coast Railway's most powerful locomotive and spent much of 2018 in Yorkshire heading the frequent "Scarborough Spa Expresses" and completed it working over both Shap and the Long Drag. Here, however, we present its so-far only visit to a preserved railway, the Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire, where it performed on trains in July.

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