Photos capture arrival of 66-year-old steam train at Melton station

Passengers and steam train enthusisasts were thrilled to watch the Oliver Cromwell chug into Melton railway station on Saturday.

Monday, 5th March 2018, 12:45 pm
Updated Monday, 5th March 2018, 12:59 pm
The Oliver Cromwell steam train leaves Melton railway station PHOTO: Jonathan McGrady/JM News EMN-180503-123310001

The old loco, which is now owned by the National Railway Museum, entered service in 1951 and spent its first decade hauling express trains on the Great Eastern Main Line between London, Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Readers have been sending in their photographs of the atmospheric scene as the steam train arrived in a snow-bound Melton.

Jonathan McGrady was captured the loco leaving the station while Sara Alcraft took photos as it stopped to pick up passengers on its way north to York.

The Oliver Cromwell steam train visits Melton station. PHOTO SARA ALCRAFT EMN-180503-120819001

Julie Blyth took a shot of the train at Ashwell, in Rutland, while it was en route to Melton.

The Oliver Cromwell steam train visits Melton. PHOTO SARA ALCRAFT EMN-180503-120247001
The Oliver Cromwell steam train at Ashwell in Rutland, en route to Melton. PHOTO JULIE BLYTH EMN-180503-120226001
A Britannia class British Railways steam locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell approaching Brooksby crossing, after leaving Melton Mowbray on its way to York. PHOTO TERRY WRIGHT EMN-180503-125525001
The Oliver Cromwell steam train visits Melton station. PHOTO SARA ALCRAFT EMN-180503-120819001
The Oliver Cromwell steam train visits Melton. PHOTO SARA ALCRAFT EMN-180503-120247001
The Oliver Cromwell steam train at Ashwell in Rutland, en route to Melton. PHOTO JULIE BLYTH EMN-180503-120226001
A Britannia class British Railways steam locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell approaching Brooksby crossing, after leaving Melton Mowbray on its way to York. PHOTO TERRY WRIGHT EMN-180503-125525001