Great Western

Give My Regards to Broadway

May Bank holiday is when the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway host their annual steam gala.  This year's featured guests included Didcot's King KE11, 70013 Oliver Cromwell, 5197 USA & 6430.  The family weekend break happened to coincide with camping in the Cotswolds at a fruit farm very near to the railway.  Weather forecast was dire all weekend before we set off.  

However, once we got down there the family and I spend some time exploring the area on the Saturday, visiting Winchcombe and a National Trust property.  It was only late evening after setting up at the campsite, I was able to get the last working of the day, which was in lovely evening sunlight.  

Waking up the following morning after the storms, we made our plans for the day to visit a local farm owned by a TV presenter.  More Thunder and Lightning was forecast, so my planned day at the railway was put on hold.  I did manage to get the first northbound passing Hayles Abbey in reasonable light.  On our return to the campsite in the evening, the light had become more favourable to get the camera out.  So a quick visit saw the Cheltenham Spa head past.

Monday itself was probably the worst day weather wise, but I tried my luck and got a couple of ok images before we set off home.

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.