NX0959 : Ready, steady....go!

taken 4 years ago, near to Aird, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

Ready, steady....go!
Ready, steady....go!
Steam train excursion from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Stranraer, seen here near the Limekiln as it approaches the outskirts of Stranraer. The train was double hauled for most of the trip by two 'Black 5' class steam locomotives, 44871 and 45407 (The Lancashire Fusilier). However because there are no facilities to turn a locomotive around at Stranraer, one engine was decoupled at the Dunragit passing loop about 6 km back up the track, to follow the main train to Stranraer station where it would be recoupled to the rear of the train and become the 'pilot' engine for the return haul to Ayr.
My thanks to Chris Allen for the following information: Most Black 5's were not given names, although a few have been in preservation, including the engine seen here which is now called 'The Lancashire Fusilier'.

The cows are quite used to the usual diesel trains passing their field, but the unfamiliar steam engine sent them running in panic.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Grassland  Railways 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway Train 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NX 0904 5985 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:53.8071N 4:58.7684W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NX 0926 5975
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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