Steam train’s pre-war glamour

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AROUND 50 rail enthusiasts gathered on Gainsborough’s Lea Road station last Thursday to witness the second steam train in three weeks passing through town.

This time it was one of the famous streamlined LNER A4 Pacifics that steamed through at around 11.30am, running approximately 20 minutes late.

The locomotive was No 60019 Bittern running as former classmate No 4492 Dominion of New Zealand decked out in all its 1930s finery in garter blue livery, wheel valances and stainless steel lettering and numbering. The Norwich-York excursion was due to be steam-hauled by No 4492 on the return journey through Gainsborough but was disappointingly diesel-hauled, a late decision being made to keep the A4 at York until Saturday when it hauled a special train back to King’s Cross.