The London, Midland & Scottish Railway 5P5F class 4-6-0 locomotive number 5200 with a passenger train at Dillicar water troughs, Cumbria, about 1945.
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The engine is taking on water from the troughs, using a scoop lowered from the tender. The four mile climb to the top of Shap summit has a gradient of 1 in 75, and reaches 300 metres above sea level. Powerful locomotives were needed to pull heavy passenger trains up the incline. Shap was a popular place for railway photography to take pictures because of the picturesque landscape. (LMS_11379)