Par Harbour today
I was in my old stomping ground of Bath today and Vintage Trains ran a special to the Bath Christmas Market from Solihull. It was with great pleasure that I discovered that 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe was rostered for this run. I understand that this was a last minute decision and I must say that it was a real treat to see a Castle running on the original GWR Main Line!
Here are three shots of 5043 - the driver shut off coming through the station as there was a substantial number of passengers waiting for a service train on the Bristol bound platform - but then opened up with great acoustics once through!
Incidentally, there was a procession of London bound trains going East through Oldfield Park today as Badminton Tunnel was impassible due to flooding.
I went over to Cogload today, but this time at Northern end (Durston).
Passing traffic was in fairly quick succession,
1) Voyagers 221144 and 220023 on 1S51 Plymouth-Glasgow
2 &3) IETs 802004&017 on the 1C80 Pad - PZ, diverted via Bristol. Seen going up the ramp, then down.
4&5, Castle class 43189+153 on 2U20 PZ-CF.
Please see photos,
Best wishes, Bill Elston