Passengers treated to a nostalgic rail scene
Unsuspecting passengers waiting for a cross country service for Newcastle were treated to an evocative sight at Leamington on Saturday, when a GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class number 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe” recreated a scene synonymous with the station in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Complete with “The Inter-City” headboard, the train was a fleeting reminder of the Birkenhead to London Paddington services that operated through Leamington. The Marylebone Flyer, as this train was advertised, was a charter and was timed to complete the journey from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone in just two hours. Our thanks to Fraser Pithie for sending in the picture and information.