Anxious bosses of the Jacobite – which doubled as the Hogwarts Specific in the Potter films – planned to swap 72-yr-old locomotive “Lord of the Isles” with a diesel engine around protection problems.
Sunny climate experienced left the moorland on the 42-mile route concerning Fort William and Mallaig dry as a tinder box, and there were fears that a stray spark from the steam loco’s roaring firebox could start a large conflagration.
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‘Harry Potter’ steam teach restarts services above breathtaking Glenfinnan Viaduct
But just hrs before the train’s scheduled 10.15am departure on Monday, as if by magic, the heavens opened.
So ‘Lord of the Isles’, a former London and North Eastern locomotive created at Glasgow in 1949, could pull the educate following all.
“The rain was just the ticket,” claimed satisfied Pat Marshall, controlling director of operators West Coast Railways. “Never in my life have I been so glad to see these kinds of a downpour.
“Monday was our very first working day back again following the Covid lockdown and we understood it would be a major disappointment for passengers if we experienced to terminate the steam functioning.
“Perhaps excellent outdated Harry Potter weaved a little bit of magic to conserve the day and continue to keep us on keep track of.”
The trip involving Fort William and Mallaig, starting off in the shadow of Ben Nevis and crossing the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, has been voted the world’s greatest rail journey.
Even though “Lord of the Isles” hauled Monday morning’s train, Black 5 locomotive “Lancashire Fusilier” pulled the afternoon company.
The Jacobite will run two times a working day till Oct over the Glenfinnan Viaduct amongst Fort William and Mallaig.
Bookings have soared considering the fact that the Scottish Federal government declared lockdown limitations would be eased this 7 days with 1,000 tickets a working day now getting snapped up for the summer.
Tickets for the Jacobite commence at £49 for adults and £28 for little ones. Due to the fact of Covid constraints, the typical buffet car or truck is currently being replaced by a refreshment trolley support but cream teas and champagne can be requested in progress.