My annual musical montage of Northwest Steam activity can now be viewed at: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj5DYI_Alx0 2007 was a pretty good year for Mainline steam in the Northwest, and again in 2008 we were spoiled by what was on offer. Whilst 4771 Green Arrow made a dignified farewell in the early part of the year, 2008 saw 46115 Scots Guardsman, 70013 Oliver Cromwell, and 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley return to the mainline after protracted absences. August 11th saw 1T57 commemorated, with 70013 stealing the show (just a shame about the weather). The Dalesman schedule was the most ambitious yet, and trains seemed generally well filled. Shap was quieter, but still 6233 and 6201 tackled it at points in the year. The Cotton Mill Express got into its stride and became one of the year's best achievements, with well filled trains regularly taking on Miles Platting, Diggle, Copy Pit and Sough. The KWVR enjoyed its 40 year of operation, with the winter gala enjoying exceptional weather.