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The Golden Arrow: Taunton to Folkestone Harbour

Posted in England, Folkestone by folkestonejack on April 12, 2008

It seemed strange to be back in Folkestone just a week after the last steam special here, but I was just happy to have another opportunity to grab some shots on the line’s final week.

Class 67 diesel 67006 'Royal Sovereign' hauls the railtour into Folkestone Harbour after the initial ascent

Class 67 diesel 67006 ‘Royal Sovereign’ hauls the railtour into Folkestone Harbour after the initial ascent

The honour of hauling the last steam special into Folkestone Harbour fell to Royal liveried class 67 diesel 67006 ‘Royal Sovereign’. Although the tour had originated in Taunton it was only at Willesden that Battle of Britain class steam locomotive 34067 ‘Tangmere’ had been added. As with the trip last week Tangmere made two ascents of the 1 in 30 gradient before heading on to Canterbury.

Tangmere hauls the 'Golden Arrow' railtour out of Folkestone Harbour for the second (and final) time

Tangmere hauls the ‘Golden Arrow’ railtour out of Folkestone Harbour for the second (and final) time

After the railtour had departed the crowds began to drift away, but the significant number that remained suggested that the rumours that another train was due in could well be right. I kept my fingers crossed and waited…

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