Crossing the Esk & herding sheep!

Under clear blue skies and with a stiff on shore breeze, Jubilee  No.45690 Leander, is seen here, hauling the Cumbrian Coast Express, crossing Eskmeals viaduct, over the meandering estuary of the river Esk, a few miles south of Ravenglass, the home of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. 11 on and ‘going like a train’ we could see and hear her almost all the way from Ravenglass; reportedly 2 late off the Sellafield water stop, she was certainly making every effort to regain it.

It would have been rude to come all the way out here and not make a brief visit to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. And so, before coming down here to Eskmeals, I went for a look at Irton Road station, the only original station on the line, still in use. I hadn’t really planned the visit but, within a few minutes of my arrival I heard the chime whistle of, Northern Rock, and turned to see her approaching Irton Road from the Dalegarth end of the line. However, the Herdwick sheep, which had been grazing contentedly, along the trackside, was even more surprised than I was by Northern Rock’s arrival and set off at a trot, down the line, ahead of the train.

The sheep didn’t appear too have been too distressed by Northern Rock’s impromptu display of sheep herding as, after the train departed, it strolled nonchalently across in front of the car pausing, briefly, to give a baleful stare in our direction, before wandering away down the lane and away from the station.

If you have enjoyed my blogs – 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

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