Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

Update 625. 34053 Sir Keith Park running in at Bridgnorth, 17/07/12

On the way back from Llangollen we had to pass Bridgnorth, so you have to call in at the station to see what was happening, don’t you!! It was our lucky day, an unusual whistle was heard, but the loco was nowhere in sight as we walked onto the platform. 34053 was apparently undergoing running in tests and was steaming backwards & forwards when the line was clear. It was not too long before it appeared and ran into platform 2. Over the next hour we saw it repeat the movement several times. 43106 was seen on a service train and the boiler from 2857 was undergoing a steam test.

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34053 is seen pulling away after the arrival of 43106

Update 620. 50044, 50135, D8059 & 43106 at the Severn Valley Railway, 07/07/12

Back from a week in Cornwall, so we must be due for a visit to the SVR. Wet again, not a day for walking around with KC, so by train from Kidderminster to Arley & return. 50135 was hauling our train, but was having problems maintaining a vacuum, causing problems with the brakes and the train was held at Arley for a replacement loco. 50044 was sent from Kidderminster and after coupling to 50135 the train continued to Bridgnorth. We didn’t stay out long, returning to Kidderminster behind D8059. The only steam loco I managed to photograph was 43106.

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The 3 diesel locos are seen in this photo