The Railway Touring Company's 'The Weardale' is now becoming a regular anual event. This year saw a repeat of the inaugural run last year, with Black 5 45305 retracing the route that WCRCs own 48151 worked last year.
The tour is seen first at Bishop Auckland, arriving onto the Weardale Railway line, before then being seen at Witton Park, near Witton-le-Wear, Wolsingham, near Frosterley and finally Stanhope. Then the train was seen in some areas before going to Darlington Bank Top Station. Here, unlike last year, the Black 5 was to haul the train back north, but needed to run round as the leg from Stanhope to Darlington was diesel hauled. This saw a quick and efficient run round with the Black 5 before then leaving north to time, out of the marvelous NER overroof, but north out of Platform 1, something rarely seen using steam and at Darlington.
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