Voyagers on the Newquay branch.
By Alan Peters.
Many thanks Alan.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 A Visit to Sheffield, Barnetby and Cleethorpes etc
Leeds 09.04 Sheffield 10.02/11.10 Doncaster 11.34/12.37 Barnetby 13.18/15.17 Cleethorpes 15.51/16.26 Doncaster 17.38/18.19 Leeds 18.52 Meal at Weterspoons Leeds. Dep 20.03 Ilkley 20.31/20.51 Bradford Foster Square 21.23 arr walk to Bradford interchange 21.56 Leeds 22.18
Note that after returning to Leeds for a meal - they are off once more to Ilkley. Another 13+ hour day. Not for the 'faint hearted'! I hope that they have had a grand time in the blistering heat. We will welcome them back tomorrow
with the past!
Firstly I popped up to Alexandra Park at Bath Spa for the Manchester Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads service worked by 57314 and 57313 trailing. The view is superb from up there, but encroaching trees could render the view ruined in years to come.
With the light superb, and the cricket match taking place a number of trains were snapped- including a lightly loaded London Gateway to Bristol West Depot service headed by Freightliner 66562. Just count the amount of church type buildings in view in the various shots.
Then into Temple Meads for an early evening Grand Prix of loco hauled services. Green liveried 47805 (1935) brought in the stock from Barton Hill for the following days Kingswear Charter. This was unexpected and most welcome.
Shortly after the class 57s brought in the stock for the Manchester return charter into platform 15, the 17.35 departure.
Finally two class 47/8s came into platform 11 with the Minehead to Crewe return. 47826 leading 47832. These departed at 18.10.
Strange to savour three brightly coloured trains with their coaches snaking out over the pointwork, the gentle snarl of the class 47s increasing as the power was applied. So many years we took them for granted. Often despised by enthusiasts, I enjoyed my wallow in nostalgia!
Kind regards, Craig.
Very many thanks to you Craig for sending us your super pictures taken on such a clear day.