67029 had the honour of being the first passenger locomotive to haul a revenue earning train back onto the Weardale Railway off the National Network. Much had changed since 1995 when 46441 the Ivatt 2 was the last engine to do this, with a RES 47 for the return on Boxing day all those years previous.
Now the Weardale Railway Ltd owns the line that used to be a part of the National Network - with a select few units and locomotives it opperates heritage and service trains on the line that was kept for the cement traffic. 67029 hauled a charter onto the line and was then seen at many other places, the 25 mph making it easy to over take.
Many of the locations here will fast become regular spots for photographs of other tours visiting the railway and more from the Weardale Railway itself, when its portfolio of engines expands in the future.
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