We've recently entered the 56th year since BR's infamous ban on steam. Thankfully, it didn't last. Last weekend saw steam operations covering if not the entire breadth of the network certainly a significant part of its length. Saturday saw black 5s in Western Scotland, Tangmere over Shap and Sir Nigel Gresley visiting the "English Riviera". Sunday again saw black 5s in action on the Jacobite, Scots Guardsman charging the banks of the South West, Clun Castle gracing the Midlands and a Jubilee out and back over the S&C. The Jubilee, Galatea/Sierra Leone/Alberta, if only a small part in body but certainly a large part in spirit, recalled the final years of BR steam when the real Alberta was a regular performer on the S&C. Mid week saw the "breadth" of coverage increased with Leander running out of Shoeburyness and Britannia putting on a wonderful show in the South East before coming to an abrupt end. (Well done to LSL for the speedy and efficient way in which 70000's incident was dealt with and top marks for customer care. I hope that the Brit can be repaired swiftly and hope to see her back running in the NW soon.) Add in the associated LE moves and it has been a busy old week for steam - long may it continue.