It’s cold up north!
Threlkeld Gala
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2018
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
28 July 2018
It doesn’t always work out this way! We were due in Edinburgh on the Sunday morning, after an overnight stay in Moffat - same weekend as the gala at Threlkeld quarry, near Keswick in the Lake District. We’d have time to kill, all being well… A friend had been to Threlkeld the previous day, for a photo charter - “30C - no steam visible”. A day after his visit, following our long warm and dry spell, the temperature on the A66 was 11C - and it was raining. Jumper and waterproof jacket! I think we were lucky - the rain was easing to a drizzle as we arrived, and within
half-an-hour it had stopped. We even had some sunshine - for about five minutes - and steam! Resident Bagnall “Sir Tom” was in the company of four visiting steam locomotives - “Max” and “Sragi No. 1” from Statfold, and “P C Allen” and “Rishra” from Leighton Buzzard. We never saw Rishra - I think she was up at the top of the line - but enjoyed the company of the others. It’s fun here - we’ll have to watch out for next year’s gala - see if was can fit it into another of our trips to the frozen north! Link: Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
A last look at P C Allen Sir Tom sets off... ...past the excavators... Sragi No. 1 at rest ...and returns with Max Max and Sir Tom P C Allen makes a move The Germans are here! Topped - Sragi No. 1 - and tailed - Sir Tom P C Allen enjoys a rare burst of sunshine P C Allen poses Sragi No 1 brings up the rear P C Allen (where's the steam gone?) Max is relaxing in the sunshine PC Allen returns