Two steam trains pass through within a month

Bittern steams along between Sleaford and Ruskington from Kings Cross on the Bittern Farewell Tour. EMN-141231-102251001

Bittern steams along between Sleaford and Ruskington from Kings Cross on the Bittern Farewell Tour. EMN-141231-102251001

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After seeing a photo of the steam locomotive Union of South Africa travelling through Sleaford to Lincoln for the Christmas Market (published in The Standard on December 10), Sleaford’s Wayne Richardson sent in this image he took of fellow class member Bittern.

This locomotive was hauling a train over the Sleaford avoiding line on Tuesday, December 30.

Mr Richardson said it was running eight minutes early between Sleaford and Ruskington on its ‘Bittern Farewell Tour’ from King’s Cross.

“With her mainline certificate expiring, this is the last mainline operation before overhaul,” he said.