Transition in the Northern Fells
Amidst the magnificent backdrop of the Lakeland Fells, the West Coast Main Line has seen a great variety of passenger and freight traffic through the years. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of typical BR steam-era train formations from the area.
Above: The West Coast Main Line was home to Stanier’s finest designs including the mighty ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2s. One of the final two, built to a modified design by Ivatt, takes a rake of BR maroon stock through the three arch bridge on Topley Dale rekindling the final years of steam over the Northern Fells.