My driver for the turn was Mark:
|Mark oiling one of the axles of Wadebridge|
As usual the SLD maintained it's reputation for boiling plenty of small kettles as well as the rather larger ones.
|Sean (l) and Andy front runners in the national beverage drinking championship.|
|Southern style lamps|
|Speedo, vacuum and cylinder pressure gauges|
|The water and steam feeds for the injectors|
|Large and small ejector plus brake and regulator|
|Various manifolds, including steam heat|
|Just a wild stab in the dark, but I'm guessing that it's not an original fitting|
|(l-r), Steve, Martin (owner's rep) and Mark.|
The weather on Saturday had been excellent and visitor numbers were correspondingly high. The Sunday had been rather overcast and visitor numbers were accordingly lower and few lineside photographers were out and about. The Monday was somewhere in between the two weather wise, and lineside photographers festooned the railway once more.
|I'm amazed that Pete had room to exchange tokens at Gotherington|
|Crossing Dinmore Manor at Gotherington|
|34007 and 35006 at Winchcombe|
|Mark, happy with his steed for the day|
|Wells arrives, all three Bulleids in one shot|
|Being pulled back to Toddington.|
|Wells (l) passing Wadebridge at Toddington.|
|Wells running round at Laverton, Dan leaning out of the cab|
|Paul by the light of the firebox|
|The trio together at last|
My plan had been to grab the next service back to Toddington, which turned out to be the light engine move of our thunderbird engine, 4270. Thanks to Neil and Phil for giving Mark and myself a lift back. It turns out that from their vantage point in the yard, Neil had seen me up the signal post:
Neil: "Who's that idiot up the signal post?"
Phil: "Probably Ray".
It was a fair cop.
|Neil (l) and Mark in 4270.|
On behalf of the organising committee, Paul, Ben, Andy, Ian, James and myself, I would like to say thank you very much to everybody who contributed their time to putting on the gala. I know that there are many people in all departments of the GWSR who pulled out all the stops to make the gala the great success that it has been. Thank you too, to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Mid Hants Railway and West Somerset Railway for agreeing to loan us their locos along with their owners, the 34092 Partnership, Wadebridge (34007) Locomotive LTD and Jeremy Hosking. Special thanks to Allelys without whom we would have been one loco short of a gala. Finally, thank you to everybody who visited us over the gala weekend, I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as I did.