John Sagar reports:
The Railway played host to some forty former Southern Region footplate crews and their partners on Monday 23 February, when they were able to renew acquaintance with an old friend, an unmodified Bulleid Pacific in the shape of 34092 ‘City of Wells’, and rediscover old skills as their 4-coach train made four round trips over the branch. The recent heavy rain relented to give a clear, crisp day and test 34092’s ability to keep the train warm.
Many reminiscences were shared and a wonderful day was had by all. Among the visitors was Dick Hardy, now aged 91, who was 34092’s shedmaster at Stewart’s Lane, Battersea when she was a regular performer on the ‘Golden Arrow’. A superb buffet lunch was provided at Oxenhope by Christine Laycock and catering staff.
The day was a great success for all those concerned, participants, organisers and staff as this testimonial from one of the enginemen testifies, “Many thanks for an excellent day yesterday. I could not have enjoyed it more – excellent railway, excellent loco, excellent weather and excellent company – what more could you ask for!” Indeed, what more can any railwayman ask for.
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