Yours truly had the task of keeping Thomas in light steam on Sunday.
|Henry (l) & Thomas on shed|
Steve knew that 4270 was there of course as he had been rostered at short notice to drive it.
|Steve oiling up 4270|
|Ben cleaning 4270|
As usual, getting big kettles into steam requires plenty of use of small kettles. There was an unfortunate incident where Steve managed to pinch Neil's (Henry's driver) cup of tea.
|Caught red handed|
Ian was Thomas' driver for the day, he rolled his eyes skywards as soon as I pointed my camera at him and said something that wouldn't have appeared in the Thomas books.
|Thomas' driver, Ian|
|Chris (l) and the Neil with the tea.|
|Fish ready and waiting in Thomas' tank|
|Thomas' driver said something else that wouldn't appear in the Thomas books.|
|Jonathan, not afraid of a full English breakfast baguette|
|In the operating zone. The red line would normally be 170 PSI.|
|This lot were by Toddington signal box|
|Thomas & 4270 wait while Henry sets off down the line.|
|Jonathan fills up 4270...|
|... and then Thomas.... the water wasn't shut off quite quickly enough and he got his boots wet|
|Ben hooking 4270 onto the stock.|
|Sooner or later he'll need to get a real button though.|
|The Troublesome trucks at Toddington|
|4270 pushes, Thomas takes it easy|
|Thomas' driver settles for blowing Thomas' whistle instead|
|Ben collects the token|
|Ian wishing that he had more pressure to play with|
|Diesel crew keeping the seats warm|
|Daisy waiting for us at Winchcombe|
|The Fat Controller admonishing Jonathan|
|Jonathan struggling with Moby Fish|
|Eventually landing the fish with a theatrical flourish|
|Steve and Ben take a break from 4270|
Meanwhile, I was informed that there would shortly be a planned emission of steam from 4270's safety valves.
|NPT... Now Pushing Thomas|
It was at this point that my camera broke. The cheap and cheerful point and shoot camera that has served me so well for this blog as finally demised. It has served me well. Up until recently, plan B in the event of the camera failing was to use the camera on my phone, but since a recent unfortunate (and expensive) incident, I have concluded that the footplate is no place for such technology and have taken to not carrying it with me any more. This is something of a pity, you will have to imagine Ben doing the angling part and putting in a performance to rival Jonathan's earlier. There was never any danger of photos appearing of me doing the water topping up exercise however if you take a look at the main GWSR website, Ian Crowder caught Ian doing it. "He's even worse with a camera than you are" said Thomas' driver when he returned to the cab.
One of the more amusing incidents occurred after Ben's angling performance. That was the final outing for the fish during the day and Ian thought that it would be a good idea to take a photo of it being cooked on the shovel. The poor fish was sat there for quite some time whilst Ian tried to work out how to take a photo using his phone and it started gently smoking (must be a kipper) before it was hastily withdrawn.
|Frying tonight, photo courtesy of Ian Butler|
Something that I don't recollect from previous Thomas days was the presence of Bulgy the bus who ostensibly raced Thomas between Toddington and Winchcombe. Unfortunately the "racing" doesn't appear to have done Bulgy any good at all as he broke down by the end.
|Bulgy the bus, photo courtesy of Jonathan Perks|
Once back in the car park and with access to my phone, I was able to take one last shot of Thomas about to be loaded onto a lorry to go back to
|Thomas about to depart|
|7820 on the E&O|
|7820 on the E&O. The blue and grey stock will please some.|