This is grave news indeed. If the situation regarding the demise of fairies continues at this rate, then it will only be a matter of time before the ash pan fairy and the smoke box fairy succumb.
Last weekend was the 'Diesel Railcar Weekend'. You might well be forgiven for thinking that a consequence of that would be that we'd have no steam locos running. Not so, Foremarke Hall was deemed to be an honourary DMU for the occasion and was allowed out anyway. As she was the only steam loco out, it was a bit quiet first thing on Sunday morning as only her crew were present, all the DMU crews not needing to turn up until five minutes before they were due off shed.
|Foremarke Hall, long before sunrise and even longer before any DMU crews would arrive|
|Foremarke Hall all revved up and ready to go|
|The bubble car tries to peek around the steam screen generated by Foremarke Hall|
|Steam heat gauge|
|Steam chest pressure gauge|
|The next run through, but the ducks were long gone by then|
|Coming back the other way|
|Beef on the hoof|
|Tea for Tina|
Considering that it was in theory a DMU weekend, we didn't seem to see much of them as we went about. We crossed the 117 at Winchcombe:
|Neil prepares to collect the token as the 117 arrives at Winchcombe|
|The bubble car hides on platform 2 at Toddington|
|Tina looking like she's preparing to rob a bank...|
|...but only finds ash instead of cash|