© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011 Starting 2011 as we ended 2010... Last time I saw Duke of Gloucester was in November last year, on the inaugural public train to Cauldon Lowe (however it's spelled). This trip should have been 60163 "Tornado" - but we all know why it wasn't. The train was "The Salopian", running Euston - Shrewsbury - Euston behind 71000, travelling via Crewe outwards, and Wellington on the return trip. I'd planned to drive up towards Whitchurch to see the outward run, but it hardly seemed worth it in the dull, gloomy conditions. Allscott (between Shrewsbury and Wellington) looked a reasonable spot, not too far from home. The sugar factory would have formed the backdrop a few years ago, but it's gone. I don't think it would have been visible today anyway... Inevitably, it began to drizzle, light at first, starting to get heavier by the time the train came, perhaps 20 minutes late. At least there was no wind - the steam hung in the air, just where the Duke had left it, several minutes after the train had passed. 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" near Allscott, Shropshire