|Not quite wrapping himself up in the Union Flag...|
|...experimenting with flags as earrings...|
|...before opting to adorn the lamps with them|
It was my turn to head out to Broadway on Monday, with John & Steve on Foremarke Hall. We just stuck with the prescribed "Return to Broadway" headboards, no flags for us. I'd like to be able to bring you a report of how fabulous the new station building is etc, but the timetable left just enough time up there to run around the train and head back again. I'm sure that the station really is as excellently constructed as many of our other blogs would have you believe, it's just that I had no time to investigate it for myself. I can see that I shall have to make a special trip out there to check it out at some point.
|Steve manning the Broadway ground frame|
|Passing through Hayles|
Guard: "Why have we stopped?"
Me: "Because you waved a red flag at us"
Guard: "No I didn't"
After a bit more of a chat, we determined that the guard would check back along the train and find out who had waved the red flag, then when satisfied that all was in order, he would display a green flag to indicate that we could proceed again. I returned to the footplate, shortly afterwards a green flag appeared, and we carried on. Upon arrival at Cheltenham Race Course, a young lady came up to us and apologised, saying that she had been waving her red scarf out of the window to attract the attention of some of her friends.
The weather forecast for Monday had predicted rain of biblical proportions lasting all day long and indeed the prep crew must have had a pretty miserable time of it. By the time I had arrived to start the turn, and very much in spite of the forecast, the rain was easing off, we only needed to employ the broom under the storm sheet trick for the first round trip, after that we removed the storm sheet and enjoyed something approaching summery weather.
|Visibility aid when running tender first|
|Passing 2807 at Gotherington|
|I think that is Kate under there|
|Running round again at Broadway|
|Looking very pleased with his loco|
|Just one of the many drainage channels removing the excess water|
|No trouble hitting the front of the fire box|
|Crossing Dinmore Manor at Gotherington|
|Steve fetching coal forward|
|Worcestershire here we come|
|Foremarke Hall just past the points at the north end of Broadway station...|
|...and passing the ground frame at the south end.|
Once we had got back to Toddington after our third visit to Broadway, one of the diesels was timetabled to take our train over for the last trip down to Cheltenham Race Course and back.
|The green class 37 sets off as we head off to dispose|
|Topping up the tender.|
|Just about to set off from Cheltenham Race Course...|
|...safely back at Toddington|
|You could win a footplate ride on Dinmore Manor (photo courtesy of Mike Solloway)|