Once upon a time ago when the Oxenhope deviation was still a part of the L&SWR route to the West Country, we see Bulleid West Country Class 4-6-2, No.34092 City of Wells, coasting through a p-way slack approaching Haworth, with an Exeter – Ilfracombe service – yes I’m making it up. That’s the thing about ‘daydreams’, they’re not reality, they’re not meant to be – in this instance they’re not even in real space – only here, amongst the noughts and ones, in cyberland, where the Google knows all.
In reality, quite some years back, when the photograph this scan was taken from was taken, No.34092 City of Wells was, somewhat unusually, facing down hill towards Keighley, so, with the judicious use of the bridge and the line out of Haworth MPD, it was possible to make things look like a twin track main line route – but probably not Exeter – Ilfracombe, sadly.
The annual Winter Gala, at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is now only a couple of weeks away and the fresh from overhaul No.34092 City of Wells will be in ‘volcanic’ action, pleasing the crowds and upsetting the neighbours, probably. The real treat for me at the Winter gala will, however, be another freshly restored long time K&WVR resident, BR Standard Class 4MT No. 75078, an engine I worked on many times during her service days with British Railways Southern Region. One turn in particular stands out, the 04.40 Waterloo – Salisbury, ‘the Salisbury papers’. Not everyone’s favourite turn, starting time for the crew was to book on at Vauxhall at 03.43 and travel pass to Waterloo. No, the reason the turn stood out was that if I was with my regular mate, I almost always got to do the driving from Woking to Andover and these Standard Class 4s were regularly put to use on this duty.
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