Shropshire main line steam
The Duchess and the Castle
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2019
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
27 & 29 April 2019
Near the end of April, there were two steam-hauled specials on local lines - but our luck was out… On Saturday 27th, 7029 Clun Castle hauled the return leg of a Dorridge - Chester train through Wellington - at the tail end of storm Hannah. Cold, windy, dull - and trying to rain. The steam would have looked good in the cold air - except that, unusually, the Castle shut off and drifted through the station, opening up once more as it cleared the platforms…
The weather on Monday 29th is much more encouraging - but unusually for this spot near Craven Arms, the Duchess is drifting. The sun’s gone behind the clouds too. Once again, we heard the exhaust as the driver opened the regulator, one the train was out of sight, and when a couple of service trains passed soon after, the sun was shining. It was shining at Hopton Heath too, on the nearby Central Wales line. Not the most successful of outings.
27 April: Clun Castle at Wellington 29 April: Duchess of Sutherland near Craven Arms 29 April: Duchess of Sutherland near Craven Arms Cardiff-bound in the sunshine Heading for Manchester 153 327 arrives at Hopton Heath 153 327 departs from Hopton Heath Hopton Heath - former station buildings