I never imagined, three years ago, when I began writing ‘Steamagedaydreams’, that I would be having ‘online’ conversations with train drivers and railwaymen from Russia, the Philpines, Argentina, Australia, and Kenya, as well as those from Britain. It has, as they say, been an interesting and eye opening journey.
The universality of the railway, both as a means of transport and, for some of us, an enduring hobby too is, surely, one of the more positive aspects of an increasingly dystopian looking future. The Great Central Railway’s ‘Bridge to the Future’ has, in recent days taken a major leap forward – with the new bridge being craned into position. On the locomotive front, one more of the ‘in Ex-Barry condition’ engines is back in steam with the return of former BR Class 5 4-6-0, No.73156.
No.73165 is, for the up coming GCR tribute to the ‘End of Southern steam’, going to be renumbered as No.73084 Tintagel, which, I know isn’t to everyone’s liking but, for me it will be a bit of a treat. No.73084 Tintagel was a Nine Elms engine, during the years when I worked there and an engine I fired on numerous trips.
Later this week I will be posting a feature length Blog about my first few weeks at 70A – so if you like a ‘footplate tale’ – keep your eyes open!!
In the photo we see Ivatt 2-6-0 No.46521 piloting Riddles 2-6-0 No.78018 making a ‘getaway’ from Loughborough during last year’s Autumn Gala.
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: