A special train route was laid on to celebrate 45 years since the very last steam made its journey on the UK's national railway network.

August 11th 1968 saw the steam-powered trains removed from service by British Railways to usher in a new era of electrical and diesel locomotives. However, the Northern Echo reported, that to celebrate the 45th anniversary railway enthusiasts were treated to the sight of the '15 Guinea Special'.

The 70013 Oliver Cromwell Class 7 train pulled the special service from Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle on Sunday (August 11th). It passed through the Yorkshire Dales before reaching the scenic Settle to Carlisle line which weaves the picturesque Cumbrian countryside. It was not just the 15 Guinea Special that was on display as the Scots Guardsman 46115 also passed over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct en route to Carlisle.

Railway enthusiasts flocked to the many stations where the engines were passing through to catch a glimpse of these famous steam trains. It gives people an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and see some of the most magnificent feats of British engineering take the tracks once again.

Many younger people will be all too familiar with the monotony of jumping on modern day trains, which could be accused of lacking character despite, normally, being very efficient. However, to get to see a steam in all it glory charging up the nation's railways is a sight to behold and even more of a thrill for those lucky enough to be among the handful that were able to ride the service.

Even though many parts of the country still offer steam train excursions on heritage lines this has been a real treat for railway enthusiasts. The Settle to Carlisle line is also the perfect route for a train like the 15 Guinea Special to travel along.

The line is frequently described as being the most picturesque route in the British Isles with a host of lakes, greenery and hills for people to admire as they make their through Cumbria to Carlisle.