© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2012
Two main line steam specials through Shropshire today -
great! There’s even a chance of some sunshine...
The two Black 5s - 45407 and 44871 - had gone down to South
Wales earlier in the week - today, the train would retrace its
route to return northwards. In the
meantime, 60163 “Tornado” would be
hauling “The Cathedral Express” up and
down the North-and-West. Better get out
there with the camera...
Firstly, Tornado northbound - just north of Onibury level
crossing. The sun went in - but the air was too warm for
Not so a few hours later, for the
Black 5s. They were due to cross
Tornado’s return a little way to the
south of Shrewsbury - might be
best to stay in the south of the
county. Having arrived off the
Central Wales line, their departure
from Craven Arms was most impressive - they really
stormed away. No sunshine though...
Now for Tornado - perhaps a little evening sun? Perhaps
some visible steam too. I’d noted the hump in the track
at the top of the short rise from Craven Arms, near
Stokesay - worth a long lens shot? Yes - the sun shone. No
visible steam though, and what’s that sound from behind
us? Oh no!