Actual bluebells can be seen in the lower right bank of this shot, during Bluebell Railway's aggressive schedule during the now-famous visit of the "Flying Scotsman".
S15 Class #847 is heading north with one of three excursions running during the "Flying Scotsman" gala.
Southbound S15 Class #847 about to enter the north portal of the tunnel.
I suppose if there is any way for an American to feel "at home" with UK steam, it's with the Southern! Bluebell tends to face their locomotives boiler north as the grade is a gradual 2%... (more)
A different breed of Southern steam than I'm used to....and in a trainspotter's dream community with homes lining either side of the tunnel. On this day, the wind was blowing to the northwest and ... (more)
A different breed of Southern steam than I'm used to....
A week of splendid weather and steam locomotives running in regular service in Southeast England....worth the effort of a long flight. This S15-class was built in 1936.