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You have to admire the magnificent madness of the volunteers that keep the preserved railways running in the UK (and elsewhere). They are to coin a phrase "round the bend"!

There is nothing quite like a steam locomotive to complete a landscape.

I took this photograph three years ago on Goathland Moor and just came across it again when I was looking for something else! I've re-sized it for TE and popped it in a frame.

The train itself is interesting as the whole train is of a consistent period which can be rare on preserved railways with locomotives from the 30s pulling coaches from the 60s. Here we see a BR standard class tank engine pulling a rake of Mk1 BR coaches painted in "Blood and Custard" as the cream and maroon scheme was called. This photograph could, a sense, have been taken in the 1950s or 60s - there is nothing out of place. Indeed the railway is often used for film locations, the "Hogwarts Express" from Harry Potter passes this way and the popular TV series "Heartbeat" is filmed on the line.

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