East Anglia’s steam fans head west to “green” festival at Peterborough
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Steam enthusiasts from across the region headed west at the weekend for a major festival featuring three of the largest locomotives in the country – all in different shades of green.
The star of the show at the Nene Valley Railway at Peterborough was LNER A4 pacific locomotive Union of South Africa – the same class as world record holder Mallard – which is making a “farewell tour” as it is due to be retired to a Scottish museum next year.
It was joined by Southern locomotive 92 Squadron, one of a class named after Battle of Britain squadrons, RAF leaders, and airfields. That is based at the Nene Valley and was joining the visitor on pulling full trains.
The third star was new-build Tornado which is currently under repair at the Nene Valley’s Wansford workshops. It was not in steam – but still attracted admiring looks from large crowds who turned out for the event.