Sunday the 31st dawned, and I bumped into Jonathan in the mess coach. He looked about as chirpy as anybody could at such an ungodly hour. He asked after the previous evening's photo charter. I replied that it had gone as well as could be expected with just the one loco, and that Wells had been failed with a collapsed brick arch, we would be out on 2807 instead. Somehow I managed to keep a straight face and convinced him that his day on Wells wasn't going to happen, right up until the point where I clambered up on to Wells to start the process of lighting her up.
|Jonathan, lovingly cleaning Wells|
|Mike, helping Tina light up 2807|
|Seen better days|
|No need for me to say "Say cheese"|
|John (l) and Steve, the driver for the day.|
|John at the controls|
|Bulleids patent lubricator and glove drier.|
|Poppies growing near Bishops Cleeve crossing|
|Starting to get some steam down the carriages|
|Looks like I did then|
|Crossing 2807 at WInchcombe|
|Or perhaps it says Padstow? Who knows?|
|Jonathan topping up the water.|
I made amends for my earlier cruelty to Jonathan by letting him fire the middle trip. Jonathan is well advanced in his fireman training, so I handed him the shovel with some confidence that he would be fine. Curiously he said that as he had never fired a loco with a wide fire box before, could I let him know if he was about to do anything stupid. Apparently a morning on Wadebridge and one round trip on Wells the day before meant that I was now considered an expert on firing these things. Oh dear!
|Jonathan building up the fire|
|Crossing 2807 at WInchcombe|
This posing in the driver's seat mularkey is getting out of hand, this time it was David, manager of the shop on Toddington platform 1. I'd have provided a link to the shop's website, but it's currently being updated.
|David in the driving seat.|
|Richard, seeing the light at last.|
Richard seemed to be enjoying himself. I expect that he will be applying for a transfer to the SLD any day now.
It's hard to tell from this angle, but Wells has a BR(S) cylinder pressure gauge fitted, in contrast to the LNER one fitted to Wadebridge.
|Jonathan even found a moment to take a few photos himself|
|Exiting Greet tunnel|
|2807 was replaced by the class 24 for the last round trip for train 2|
|Jonathan cleaning out the ash pan|
|Work continues on 2874|
|Steve down at the far end of the boiler.|
I received a few photos and videos of the spam cans taken during the gala from Chris. Unfortunately the videos play upside down and I have no means of correcting that. Chris helpfully suggested standing on my head or viewing them in Australia, but I'll spare you that.
I particularly like the photo below of a certain "licenced to kill" loco blowing off in one of our stations during the gala. I know that I wasn't the culprit, but I don't know who was. This will doubtless be the cause of much wild speculation on a well known social media site with many hapless firemen getting the blame, even those who weren't fortunate enough to get a turn on her.
|James Bond blowing off. Photo courtesy of Chris Crump.|
|A spam can has taken up residence in the mess coach.|
|Keeping it warm.|
|Watering 4270 after breakfast.|
|A tidy up of some of odds and ends|
|Wheels in the progress of being needle gunned and primed|
|Seb Needle gunning|
"As part of our commitment to help develop and pass on skills to younger people we were most pleased to have Seb Welsh undertake his first day of work experience with DMLL today. As part of his BTEC Level 3 diploma in Engineering college course we have worked closely with his college to ensure we were able to meet the needs of his course and offer the valuable work experience placement time that is essential to him completing his course. We are now registered with his college as an approved work experience provider and look forward to working not only with Seb over the coming weeks but potentially further students from the college in the future should they wish to choose us for their placement."
Foremarke Hall's tender is just about the only major part of that loco left on the GWSR, and it would appear to have been hooked onto a "Really useful engine" with a view to extending its range. No doubt it will end up with fish swimming about in it when the Thomas event comes round in less than a fortnight's time.
|Actually, I think that the tender was just being painted|
|The permanent Way gang at work|
|The north end of road 7|
|The south end of road 7, including the pit which now has rails|
|Steve reassembling 35006's blower.|
|Not sure what these bits are, but they look interesting|
|I suspect that Donna had spent some time with the Brasso on Dinmore Manor's nameplate|
|Bursting out of Greet tunnel|
|Speeding through the rain|