STEAM DREAMS organised a London to Bath Spa and return via Pewsey.
I stayed at Pewsey from near the outward trip until the return trip – although it was fine, it was WINDY! Difficult to find somewhere to avoid the wind especially after the ‘stationmaster’ [who was extremely helpful to everyone - passengers and enthusiasts] locked the station up around 1-30 p.m
Please find enclosed pictures of Mayflower looking resplendent at Oldfield Park in her British Railways livery.
The excursion from London Victoria was one minute early arrival at Bath Spa. It was a few minutes later that Mayflower appeared and we were all surprised to see her diverted into the old Westmoreland Road Goods Yard loop. (Oldfield Park Station never had goods facilities as it was hemmed in by houses on both sides). There was a service train due for Bristol Temple Meads so the assumption was that she was being held to allow it to pass. Not so!!
As you can see from the photo, the points were switched for Mayflower before she had come to a halt, short whistle blast and she proceeded slowly but majestically through the station. Once all of the coaches were back on the main line, the driver opened her up - lovely sound track for those video recording.
Network Rail have posted notices locally about forthcoming lineside vegetation clearance - the final shot shows why. This can be a good photo point but the greenery grows back at a ferocious pace. The overbridge on the right is in fact two side by side, the nearest is Bellots Road with the new light coloured parapet of the old S&D bridge just visible over the top. This bridge was raised over the GWR tracks for the forthcoming electrification .......
TFW now own 37 Mark 4 coaches and 8 DVTs although many have yet to return to service. See 225group.org.uk
My apologies to Guy for getting things a bit wrong this morning. KJ