What a difference 5 miles makes

Woke up this morning, like you usually do,  all around was covered in the white stuff and there was steam on the main line, over the S&C, whoopee!! Thermals on, a flask of coffee and one of soup, just in case, and it’s time to hit the road.  The first few miles, up hill out of the village, were a bit iffy and the gritters hadn’t been near nor by.

O’er the moor, past the wind farm, and on into Tow Law and I was beginning to wonder if I’d allowed myself enough time and what would the B road up to Aisgill would be like.  Another two miles and not a snowflake in sight, not even a touch of frost to make it look like it snowed  – nothing, nada. And, as can be seen, there wasn’t even the whiff of a hint of  snow at Shotlock Tunnel.

And if that wasn’t disappointing enough, moments before the train was due some bloke in a bright blue Citroen Piccaso parked right on top of the tunnel and right in my shot. I shouted, he turned his head in my direction, shut the car door, and walked away. I should have done what any sane person would have done when waking up to several inches of snow – turned over and gone back to sleep.

The forecast for Tuesday’s run on the S&C looks dreadful – I might just turn over and pull the covers up!!

Above is the link to Part I of my memories of footplate life in the 1960s. The book about my lifetime of involvement with matters railway is still  available on Amazon – Below, is the link to that work.


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