|7820 looking soggy at Broadway|
If only things were so easy. Brute force and ignorance (and a multitude of screwdrivers) came second to getting the piston rings past the respective port lips and once the light faded in Toddington, the motley crew had to call it a day. Alas spies have failed to update me on any progress so I can provide no further information on its current status, however I’m sure some kind soul could provide a comment down below.
As always, our first running weekend acts as a run-in period before an incredibly busy week, also known as Cheltenham Race week. Through some trick of fate, all three members of ‘Team Blog’ managed to escape the day job and spend some time “playing trains” as it has become known in my office, so we're all doing pieces on our respective days. A link to Luke's write-up can be found below.
I was lucky enough to spend the morning of Ladies Day working on 35006, and the afternoon of Gold Cup Day wearing my other hat guarding Train 2. The morning of Ladies Day dawned bright and early (literally) but with a little bundle of nerves as this would be my first morning cleaning turn.
|Ready for the first trains of the week (Ian Crowder)|
|35006 pulls away framed by 7903 and 7820|
To summarise, pull into Cheltenham platform 1 with 7903 on the front. Attach 7820 onto the back, shunt release 7903, run a train full of happy race goers back up to Toddington, unload them all and then shunt back into the North Siding so that Train 3 can continue its non-stop up to Broadway. Confused yet? The “Racecourse Shuffle” on the GWSR Facebook Page documented the whole experience, so head over there and check it out.
|Definitely the best way to beat the traffic|
Speaking of sources earlier, a quick reminder to our loyal readers that content can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t feature your hard work if we don’t know about it! With the railway being closed for the foreseeable future (and everyone being stuck at home anyway), please bear with us as we work through this period of time.
Don't forget, the GWSR is currently holding an emergency appeal to fund the repair of the landslip at Gotherington. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and we look forward to welcoming you (if you aren't a volunteer already) once we re-open.