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Steaming into 2013

Posted in England, South Norwood by folkestonejack on February 9, 2013

After a few months without any sight of steam, Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 no. 35028 ‘Clan Line’ made an appearance at my local station – Norwood Junction – today. It was a good local start to another year of steam photography, which seemed appropriate as one of the most exciting developments this year will be happening nearby – the opening of the Bluebell Railway‘s extension to East Grinstead.

Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 no. 35028 'Clan Line' passes through a wet Norwood Junction on 9th February 2013

Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 no. 35028 ‘Clan Line’ passes through a wet Norwood Junction…

Today’s steam special was a British Pullman service on a luncheon tour through the Surrey Hills operated by Venice Simplon Orient Express, taking a circular route to/from London Victoria via Guildford. Normally such excursions would take the main line through Selhurst but engineering work between East Croydon and Balham this weekend forced a diversion via Norwood Junction.

It is relatively rare to see a steam locomotive through Norwood Junction, though it is already the second time this year (a similar VSOE excursion was re-routed this way during the heavy snowfall of 18th January 2013).

Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 no. 35028 'Clan Line' approaches Goat House Bridge, South Norwood on 9th February 2013

…and approaches Goat House Bridge as she heads on to Crystal Palace

I have gone a long way to see some of the remaining steam survivors around the world but it is good to have a reminder of the unrivalled steam heritage on offer in the UK. The wide variety of preserved railway lines in this country and the incredible number of steam specials that can be seen on the mainline is quite astonishing fifty years on from the supposed end of steam.

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