Monday, 30 July 2007


I first came across the locomotive 'Gothenburg' around 20 years ago. She was famous as one of the locomotives which inaugurated the passenger service on the East Lancashire Railway. Later, when I was involved with Padiham Railway Society (that's another story), we'd hoped to get 'Gothenburg' to operate the service, but arrangements fell through. 'Bellerophon' came to the rescue on that occasion. By the time 'Gothenburg' and I met up again, the locomotive was posing as 'Thomas'.

The Battlefield Line ran a number of 'Thomas' days in July 2007 and I drove on the 7th and 15th July.