Out in the cold

103blogLike many of you, no doubt, I watched ITVs ‘Flying Scotsman’, with Robson Green, last night. Imagine my surprise, when I woke up this morning, to hear that “103” was hors de combat and back in the workshop, in Bury, for ‘some remedial work’. My pal thinks the engine is ‘jinxed’ – he might have a point. I was beginning to think it was me. I went to photograph her at Bury, on a freezing cold day, she was ‘photographically’, the wrong way round and coupled to a diesel, because of ‘brake issues’. Went to North Yorkshire Moors to try again and, another failure. This time,  after reaching Moorgates, on the first run, the brake problems re-appeared.

Given the humongous sums of money that have disappeared into Flying Scotsman and the amount of loving care and attention which has been lavished upon her, the constant niggling problems do make you wonder if she’ll ever be right.

On a different note, it was very pleasing to see, in the TV programme, the number of ‘younger’ people who had been involved in carrying out the work on Flying Scotsman, and the pleasure and pride in what they had achieved. If steam operations are to have a future, it is these lads and lasses who will be be a part of it.  Last, but certainly not least, let’s hope the ‘issues’ are quickly resolved and N0.60103 Flying Scotsman gets back to doing what she was built for – hauling trains.

In the photograph, No.60103 Flying Scotsman is departing Rawtenstall, under a ‘yellow flag’, just visible in front of the smoke deflector.

I have written a book about my 60 years involvement with railways, from trainspotter, via steam age footplateman, to railway author and photographer, this is a link to it:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

These are some totally unsolicited comments from people who have already read  Gricing: Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase:  “Brilliant and interesting book”

By Amazon Customer on 17 Mar. 2016

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

Not a murder mystery, but one that I found hard to put down. One of the best additions to my collection of books about railways.

‘treated myself to a copy of “Gricing” for Christmas, excellent reading.’

‘I’m enjoying your book. It’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot’

‘I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’. 

‘I was given what I believe to be your book called “Gricing” the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!

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