© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
A good few years ago, steam was common on the Hereford -
Shrewsbury line, in the shape of the "Welsh Marches Express"
(later "Pullman"). A regular performer on those trains was
6000 "King George V". 6000 has retired from such activities,
and resides in Swindon; in the meantime 6024 "King Edward I"
sees regular main line trips. Today no. 6024 would be visiting
Shropshire, heading up the "North and West" to Shrewsbury,
then after a break, heading east along the Shrewsbury -
The day was dull and intermittently rainy - I nearly turned back
shortly after leaving home, and as I approached Craven Arms, I'd
more-or-less decided I'd just find somewhere to watch it from
the car. But it stopped - so here are the results. It was nearly 25
minutes late as it passed Stokesay, and the rain was just starting
again - raindrops can be heard hitting the video camera in the
first video clip...
For the return trip I went to Wellington, where the through roads
enable a decent view of the train in the reasonably-photogenic
station. It was pretty crowded when I got there - my first choice
would have been the other platform, but in retrospect I made
the right choice, even if I did have to squat almost on the
ground... The run past Stokesay had been slow and steady,
barely 20mph - I learned later there's a PW restriction a little to
the south. The run through Wellington, in the low 50s, was truly
dramatic - the reactions of the ordinary passengers were worth
watching (see the lady jumping up and down, on the extreme
right of the video clip...). It was early too - I barely had time to
switch on the video camera. The clip should have been a little
longer, though I think I got the best bit...
Video: 6024 works the heavy train slowly
northwards at Stokesay, then, later in the day,
bursts dramatically upon the scene at
Wellington. Main line steam at its best!