D1015 Smardale 3 September 2005

Possibly the railtour of the year, if not the decade! The first ever Class 52 over the Settle & Carlisle line. D1015 Western Champion crosses Smardale Viaduct with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z29 06:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Carlisle 'Western Heights' railtour on 3 September 2005. The smoke visible over the farm in the background is from the steam loco 71000 Duke of Gloucester which passed on a southbound railtour less than a minute before the Western, indeed one lucky video cameraman got the unbelievable shot of a 'Duke' & a 'Western' almost passing on the S&C!