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Shap Summit in Cumbria, on the Lancaster & Carlisle section of the West Coast Main Line was long a test of the mettle of the steam locomotive. It was also some of the most spectacular countryside in the kingdom. The summit at 914 feet above sea level is reached from Euston via a long grade of 1:75. In this video "Britannia" Class 4-6-2 No. 70013 with an eleven-coach train takes the the hills terrain in its stride. Another interesting video shows ex-GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 No 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" tackling Shap on 20 June 2009.
Topographical map of the London & North Western Railway between Preston and Carlisle showing the position of Shap Fell
Gradient profile of the climb to Shap Summit
L&NWR post card of around 1914 showing an express ascending Shap behind a Webb "Precedent" Class 2-4-0 locomotive in around 1890
L&NWR express climbing Shap behind a "Prince of Wales" Class 4-6-0 in a postcard view of around 1914
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