The GB IX tour has been something of a Curate’s egg, good in parts. Saturday, when this shot was taken, was a lovely day with everything on time and good photographic conditions, for much of the route through Perthshire and on into the Highlands. Things on the footplate look good too, the driver sits, arm on the window sill and looking relaxed. Across the fireman’s side things seem equally relaxed, as No.44871 has her safety valves open, despite being on the climb to Slochd summit – 5 miles of climbing with some pretty stiff gradients – including 2 miles at 1:60 and another 2 at 1:70.
However, just how much effort No.44871 was actually putting in on this climb is open to some debate. Unseen, but not unheard, was the Class 47 diesel on the rear of the train which did seem to be ‘helping’ – just a bit. All of which brings me to Tuesday’s run and an extended stop over in Perth due to an issue with the brake, which, sadly for me, resulted in a 100 mile round trip and no photo!! The train was more than an hour late away from Perth – I had a previous appointment and couldn’t wait to see if she made it or not – she did, but alas too late!!
Hope you enjoy the passing shot on Slochd which is in lieu of the one at Forteviot, I didn’t get!!
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