Friday morning at the North Yorksire Moors Railway’s Gala, and the 10:24 departure from Grosmont climbs towards Goathland summit. Visiting Bulleid ‘Light’ Pacific No.34081 92 Squadron, decorated with RAF flags, really does look the part with the blood and custards.
Not quite the same as being the fireman on one thrashing up to MP31 with 12 on but, probably the next best thing. Speaking of ‘thrashing up to MP31’, the first instalment of my footplate memories is out now. Part II will be available before Christmas; it tells the story of my first year at Nine Elms as a fireman on these magnificent beasts, on the metals of the former LSWR main lines to the West of England and the Dorset coast, in 1963.