‘The Great Britain’ made railway history by running steam hauled throughout from Penzance to Thurso in early April.
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The nine-day railtour, promoted by the Railway Touring Company and operated by the West Coast Railway Company, featured seven steam engines, starting with No 71000 Duke of Gloucester from Paddington on 6 April, arriving at Thurso behind No 48151 on 12 April. Issue 98 of Heritage Railway includes a 20-page photo feature telling the story of this historic event.