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GOODBYE: The departure of the last steam train from | |Liverpool Lime Street on August 11, 1968
THE sound of the engine's whistle and the smoke drifting past the windows evoke memories of a bygone age of steam train travel and life at a slower pace.
Abellio boss Jeff Hoogesteger said: "The opportunity to travel by steam train is popular with people in Scotland and tourists.
It is a realistic solution to the need to provide regular steam train services at Corwen sooner than waiting for the Phase 2 terminal to be delivered," he said.
He said: "I've had a wonderful career and have enjoyed every minute of my time on this steam train on the gloriously scenic West Highland Line.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway chiefs have announced plans for a steam train service running between Whitby, Pickering and Malton exactly 40 years after the last train ran on March 6, 1965.
Severn Valley Railway, Tyseley Locomotive Works and Vintage Trains have also got together to bring back steam train services.
Steam trains will run from Percy Main to celebrate the age of steam
Nothing better epitomised this than British Rail's decision to run its final steam train on August 11, 1968, and switch entirely to diesel and electric trains.
A POPULAR Midlands railway line will be running its full complement of steam trains this weekend after a series of problems meant them drafting in diesel engines last week.
A FORMER spin doctor who left the corridors of power to run a centre teaching youngsters how to restore steam trains has taken on 160 trainees in his first full year.
THE Severn Valley Railway begins its after-Christmas 'Festive Season' steam trains on Boxing Day after one of the best Santa seasons it has experienced in 40 years.