Having been rostered down for Sunday to clean the first train off, I was curious to find out what it was going to be. The B12 and Cheltenham had returned to the North Norfolk & Mid Hants railways respectively, but there had been a question mark over whether or not the BR Standard 4, 80072 would still be with us. As it turned out, she was still at Toddington and Sunday was to be her last operating day. 5542 was the other loco in steam, so unusually for us we were having a tank engine day.
|Mark cleaning 5542|
|Tanks a lot|
|Ben defying explanation|
|More of a grockle than a Cornishman|
Anyway, John & Ben set off on the first round trip. I decided to join Bill up in the signal box to grab a few photos of 80072 setting off on the first trip before grabbing a bacon roll from the Flag & Whistle.
|80072 approaches Toddington signal box|
|Ben takes the token from Bill, somebody in the first carriage takes a photograph|
|5542 came out to move onto her stock as well|
|80072 on the Cornishman by Dan Wigg|
|This is how the destination light switch should be left|
|You don't get too bad a view when running bunker first|
|Crossing 5542 at Winchcombe|
|Ian took a turn in the driving seat for one trip|
|Ben driving, John checking the road ahead, Ian checking the fire|
|80072 on the ash pit|
|If you're a cleaner, you tend to notice things like this|
Other things that are newsworthy; Owsden Hall has set off for pastures new. She has disappeared off to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway to progress her restoration there. Well most of her has, her boiler is still sat in the yard but will doubtless follow sometime soon.
|Owsden Hall before she left|
|Dwarfed by 35006, but back on her wheels again|