© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
The world is going to end today, apparently. Having a ride
behind an 8F over the Central Wales line could be as good a
way as any to mark the event - and failing that, a drive out
to see the train passing (if you’re reading this after 21 May
2011, it didn’t...).
That’s three steam-hauled specials out this way in four weeks!
I’d used this spot to see Nunney Castle, but I hadn’t pressed the
button on the video camera hard enough (”Oh drat!”). So
perhaps a revisit on a fine sunny morning, with video, would be
a good idea.
Whether it was a good idea will have to be judged by the viewer.
Sadly, the “sunny” bit of “fine sunny morning” didn’t last, but it
was great to see 48151 clomping along in fine style, moments
after a northbound freight (no, no photos of the latter, just
video - which shows how, as the last wagons rolled out of sight
on the reverse curves, the steam and smoke from the special
came into view).
I left the video camera running for some time after the train had
passed - seemed a shame to switch it off while the loud exhaust
was still echoing off the Shropshire hills.
Video note for the impatient: 48151 makes
its first real appearance just over 1 minute
into the clip...