The Railway Touring Company's Great Britain steam railtour reached its third staging in April 2010 and the epic trips are proving as popular as ever, covering some of the nation's most scenic and taxing rail routes.
The nine day tour featured no less than seven different steam locomotives, No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth, No. 60019 Bittern, No. 61994 The Great Marquess, No. 5029 Nunney Castle and a pair of Black Fives Nos. 44871 & 45407.
The itinerary, starting from London Paddington, included the notorious gradients at Hemerdon, the Lickey, Shap, Beatock and Drumochter. In addition to the now regular Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh day trip a run was made between Glasgow, Ayr and Stranraer for the first time, returning to Glasgow in the evening.
Routes covered included the Great Western Main Line to Bristol and on to Plymouth, the West Coast Main Line, the Aberdeen to Inverness line, the Highland Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.