Date with Royalty

Down at the Valley - 21st April 2018.

The GWR blue King was in steam this weekend over at Severn Valley Railway.  Appearing courtesy of it's owners Didcot Railway Centre.  The King is doing a tour of preserved railways during 2018/9 for the final two years on the current boiler certificate.

The day started off perfect, with clear skies.  Heading over to Safari Curve, I made my way over towards Foley Park, choosing a spot where the Hi-Vis track gang were out of sight for the 10.25am with the King.  What a pleasant surprise to see the loco working with The Intercity headboard and appropriate stock for the loco's livery.  Top marks!!  It is always nice to see attention to detail such as this.

Following the King, 7714 went north with the next service and ex Bullied pacific 34027 working a private driving experience going south.  I decided to make my way over to Highley, where I caught up with 34027 again.  It was at this point the weather became changeable. April showers caught up and made the departure for 7714, shall we say... atmospheric!! It was also at Highley, I reacquainted myself with 33108, following on from BR, Fragonset and other preserved locations.

The final location was Sterns, Hay Bridge at the foot of Erdington bank, in preperation for the King again.  At this point the sun was teasing those who were on location.