We (me, Malc, Ivan; the usual suspects) were at Wilmslow in plenty of time to see it.
'The Sherwood Forester' on the rear of 'The North Wales Coast Express' at Wilmslow this morning
On the journey into Manchester the loco had little work to do as the Class 47 diesel at the front of the train took the strain
Black Fives were not usually named in BR steam days. This one acquired its name when it was preserved following its years as a BR workhorse. 842 Black Fives were built, and 45231, built in 1936, was one of 227built by Armstrong Whitworth.
45231's crew can relax for now, but they will be working hard once the train leaves Manchester
After a hearty breakfast at 'The Bollin Fee' we rode the little bikes through Morley Green to Mobberley, where we caught 45231 again, this time heading the train along the Mid Cheshire Line to North Wales
We also saw this 175 unit, not a type normally seen on this line. Presumably it was a diversion from the Chat Moss line during Sunday electrification work there.
Malc's Yamaha Townmate, Malc, my Honda C90, Ivan's Honda SS50, and Ivan by the stile where we took the Mobberley lineside pictures
Time for a lunchtime pint at the appropriately named pub in Mobberley, complete with a home signal by the bowling green!