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!