Aren’t I doing well, posting in the blog again. The last 4 little outings have been added and linked to the appropriate galleries. It has taken me a while to remember how I used to do it though. The dates have even been entered on the calendar – but what about all those missing entries from recent months…… that’s another story.
1Z68 Taunton – Carlisle. I was looking forward to filming a clear shot of the 68 with a decent load climbing up the bank, but it was half an hour late and came through at the same time as a downhill stopper. Before the unit arrived the 68 could be heard way down the bank but when the unit arrived it drowned out much of the sound of the approaching train. At least I played safe and changed platforms so as not to be “bowled”.
After spending a couple of days at Kidderminster (SVR) the 31 hauled the 97s back to Derby. The timing must have been entered on RTT during mid morning, as when I checked first thing there no mention of it. It was a mad rush to get back home and collect my camcorder, but I just made it. No luck with a clear view from the other platform, a stopping train was due at the same time as the convoy, so I played safe.
This was one not to miss, Derby – Kidderminster SVR. The 97s were to have some test runs on the SVR. I was only expecting a 31 and the 97s but checking for posted sightings of the train it was mentioned that the 97s were top and tailing the other 3 locos. Fortunately it was a few minutes late and the stopping train had already left leaving me a clear shot of the convoy. Oh, but it was pouring with rain though!