Saturday, 10 February 2018

First day of the new season

So finally the first services of the season are here. Yesterday saw the official sign off of the newly relaid track at Alcombe and today the first timetabled trains ran.
I joined the 1015 from Bishops Lydeard with my wife and new puppy - maybe not quite so new any more. The train was reasonably well filled and everybody was so friendly and welcoming - the mystery shopper in me was very proud of our railway. It was a bitterly cold day so it was rather a relief to join the train, even if the steam heat was ineffective in our carriage.
A very competent run down to Minehead, a browse round the shop and Readers Halt, a congenial lunch and a good run back behind the 7F rounded off a great start to the year for me.

Raveningham Hall ready with the first departure from Lydeard:

53808 waits with the 1415 return journey

Later the sun came out and shadows of the train were thrown on the fields at Blue Anchor

Journeys End: a tired puppy has just enjoyed his first steam train journey - maybe not the last!

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