Monday 16 February 2015

Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala, 15th February 2015

I hope that it's not laundry day. 4464 Bittern at Alresford first thing in the morning.
Medstead in the afternoon. Note the unusual arrangement for the cod's mouth handle.
Departing Ropley with the first train from Alresford.
70000  Britannia reunited with its leading driving axle and wheels. Due back on the main line on 18th April.
TSO 99317 (3766) built at BR York to Lot 30079 in October 1953, and was withdrawn by BR in September 1990. I first saw it on 14th August 1983, while travelling back to Hampshire from Crewe, via the Welsh Marches. Working as 99317 from August 1991, it was until recently the oldest Mk 1 coach on Network Rail, and had been upgraded over time to dual brake and dual heat with Commonwealth bogies. Swapped by West Coast in November 2014 for Pullman car 351.  3769 from the same lot is also working on the Watercress Line.

More pictures at OneDrive .