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Full steam ahead as old locomotive tackles Incline

Full steam ahead as old locomotive tackles Incline Full steam ahead as old locomotive tackles Incline
Updated: 11:08 am, May 07, 2015

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Bromsgrove Station last weekend to see a heritage steam locomotive tackle the famous Lickey Incline.

The 77-year-old iconic former LNER locomotive 4464, named Bittern, made light work of the eight coaches and a back-up locomotive as it passed through on Saturday (October 18) en route to Tyseley from Didcot.

Members of the public were praised for acting responsibly by Ben Mason of Vintage Trains.

He told the Standard “I want to thank all of the people that came out to see heritage steam locomotive 4464 Bittern because if we had seen anyone trespassing we are compelled to stop the train, and doing so would cause huge problems.

“It shows steam locomotives remain as popular as ever and we are delighted that so many people came to see the train.”

This picture was sent in by Anthony Burley who described it as a ‘wonderful sight’ and said: “It’s not often you get the chance to watch this glamorous steam train demonstrate its amazing power coming up the Lickey Incline under star filled skies.

“The noise and smell of the burning coal made it an evening to remember.”

The locomotive is on display at Tyseley railway museum this Sunday (October 26).

There is also a video shot of the moment by Decisive Imaging. Visit https://vimeo.com/109363787 to view it.

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