EAST Lancashire steam enthusiasts are in for a treat tomorrow/today (Sat May 14) when a famous steam engine that once operated crack expresses like the Golden Arrow from London to the South Coast passes through Blackburn.

Green-painted Tangmere, a Battle of Britain class locomotive numbered 34067, is named after famous fighter ace Douglas Bader’s world war two RAF base.

It is due to pass through the town’s station at 6.26pm after hauling the 1930s Pullman-style carriages of the Northern Belle, one of the world’s most luxurious trains, over the Settle-Carlisle line.

A spokesman for the Northern Belle today/yesterday urged people turning out to see the train to stay safe.

He said: “We know there is always a lot of interest in steam trains, especially ones like Tangmere, and that people want to take photographs.

“But we do urge people to be careful and under no circumstances trespass near railway lines just to get a better view.”