Four engines at at the open Weekend at Carnforth in 2008
Carnforth Steamtown was one of the main railway museum site in the UK till around 1997. The major features of the site is its ash plant and the Coaling tower.
The Opendays here were stopped in 1997 because of commercial activity and the amount of carrages and engines on the site. Not because of lack of people.
West Coast Railways headquarters and its main depot for the company is at Carnforth, in the site of the steam MPD . West Coast Railways provides locomotives, stock and crews for railtours across the country The company diesel locomotives are used to haul charter trains and move stock and it hot dry weather, placed behind or at the rear of trains.
The 2008 open day was very good.There were lots of locomotives to look at .
The Ash Plant and the Coaling Tower were in a very poor state of repair, and the signal box looked like it had never been looked at since 1997. The Ash Plant and the Coaling Tower must be saved and not just left to fall down. Why are these not Grade One listed? It is not just locomotives that nead saving.
Think what it would have looked like with the six steam locomotives lined up with the Ash Plant and the Coaling Tower behind them and no people standing in the way with phones.
I enjoyed the open day in 2008. Lets we have more and help save this site and its coaling towers. The photo of Flying Scotsman below shows what it was like, and still could be about.
A3 4472 Fying Scotsman near the Coaling Tower, when it was called Carnforth Steamtown
This locomotive which now owned my the NRM is now back in steam in 2020
There is more at Carnforth Steamtown in 1976 on this site
There are 12 pages on this Carnforth site on this website
Four steam locomotives on shed in 2008 at the open day
A British Railways van and Stanier heavy freight 2-8-0 locomotive 48151 on shed in 2008 at the open day at Carnforth.