Today in history
- 1968 The 'Fifteen Guinea Special', the "last" steam hauled
service on the British Rail main network runs. Steam operation was then
banned on the main network.
or that was the plan...
By 1971 the first steam hauled enthusiast managed specials were running,
Today there are not only specials on the network but due to deregulation
there are multiple timetabled regular steam hauled services including the
Jacobite, services between Pickering and Whitby (which run half on a
preserved heritage railway and half on the main network) and several
Such is the power of steam.