Travelling to Kings Norton and back is not my favourite journey, as I have to change trains twice on the outward journey and sometimes 3 times on the return journey. Still, that’s better than walking between stations in Birmingham.
It was worth it when I knew there was a chance to see a 60, 47 & 57 in the early afternoon. 60015 was first with 6E41, the empty tanks to Lindsey. It wasn’t too long to wait before 6Z50 appeared with the 2 DRS locos on the return run from Plymouth to Crewe.
Not much of interest happening locally at this time of year, so couldn’t resist going to Wolverhampton to see 71000 Duke of Gloucester on the return journey from Shrewsbury to London. It was dull and drizzling, also running late – but at least I could wait for it in the dry at the station.
As mentioned in an e-mail posting yesterday, had a trip to Crewe to see Clan Line, which was due to run 2 test runs to Chester & return. I couldn’t get there to see it depart on the first run, but was ready for it on the return. Fortunately it stayed in the station long enough for me to cross to another platform for some photos on the sunny side. It would be about an hour & a half before it set off from the Heritage Centre on the second run and the light wouldn’t be too good, especially as clouds hid the sun, but I waited and the shots aren’t too bad. You have to suffer the cold & poor light when it’s a loco that’s rarely seen in this area!