© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2012
Another one I almost didn’t bother with! The forecast
seemed most insistent - rain!
Last time I stood here, I’d gone out to see - and possibly
photograph, in the gathering dusk, no. 70000 “Britannia” on a
loaded test train. Some 35 minutes after the train should have
passed, I gave up and headed for home. In the event, it left
Shrewsbury perhaps 40 minutes late - I saw the trail of steam as
I drove along the A5...
It wasn’t raining when I left home to see 45407 and 44871 on the
“Heart of Wales”, heading for Llandrindod Wells. The clouds
were looking ominous, though the sun did peep out for the odd
moment. At about the time the special should have left
Shrewsbury, a bystander with a mobile phone announced “12
minutes late”. Would the train beat the rain?
Yes, it did. Most impressive too - really hurrying along! I don’t
recall seeing a steam-hauled special going so well, such a short
distance from Shrewsbury. Great stuff!