A peep at the SVR end-of-season gala
Catching a Crab
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2016
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
5 November 2016
It was 42765 when it was an everyday working locomotive,
back in the 60s - which was the last time I’d seen a “Crab” in
steam. Horwich moguls didn’t look at all like this magnificent
crimson machine when I last saw them working. I don’t
remember any of the few I saw looking anything other than
dirty and unloved.
13065 lives at the East Lancs Railway. An ex-Barry machine, it
had already seen service there running in BR guise, but after its
recent overhaul, it emerged from the works in LMS crimson - and
would be the “star” visitor for the Severn Valley’s late gala. I’d
better go and see it...
With other things to keep me busy, this would be a fairly brief
visit, but it would be worth going an hour or two earlier. It was
due into Bridgnorth at 13.30, and like the preceding two trains,
the locomotive would be “right way round”. There would be a
couple of southbound trains too - it could be good to point the
camera in their direction. One of the latter would be 813,
recently returned to active service after overhaul.
Saturday’s forecast was for intermittent sunshine, and inevitably
the sun came out seconds after the Crab. At that time, Sunday’
forecast seemed promising, but in the event, grey skies and
showers were the order of the day, so these photos will have to
do. Perhaps I should visit the East Lancs some time soon.
Links: Severn Valley Railway