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On 3rd May 2008 86259 hauled its second train in preservation - Vintage Trains' "Cumbrian Explorer" - to Carlisle with a drop-off at Oxenholme for Lake District Visitors.


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Just out of Oxenholme having dropped off passengers for the Lake District to take the Kendal branch train.


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Topping Shap summit.


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Just arrived at Carlisle Citadel station - always a joy!


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Running round - meeting in the middle.


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The run round, from the inside. 47773 had come with us to facilitate the train movement out of, and back into, the station. For about 3 hours the train will be stabled down in the neck by the Newcastle line.


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On the return journey, entering Preston. (Photo: Mark Bearton)