Monday, 10 April 2017

Summer comes to Urmston

Yesterday the sun shone at Urmston and brought out the crowds to enjoy Abbotsfield Park and ride on our trains.

I had enjoyable drives of 'The Beast' and Dave's Black Five. Lots of passengers to be carried meant plenty of work for all the locos.

Pictures as usual by Jason; please click on any one for a larger image.

Jim and Bob with Jim's lovely 9F 'Evening Star' 

Alan with his Scot, Bob, Malc, me, Peter with Jim's 9F on the prep bays

I check the level of blast from 'Evening Star's blower as Bob 'lights her up' 

Aaron on 'Arthur Eve', AKA 'The Beast', reaching for the coal bucket

Tony and Malc chat outside the club house, Peter in the foreground 

Bob on 'Evening Star', with a typically full train on this glorious day 

Families picnic in the park 

92245 was a second 9F present yesterday; this one un-named and all black as they all were except one. 'Evening Star' was the last steam locomotive built by British Railways so Swindon Works (which built it) gave that 9F a Great Western lined green livery with copper-capped chimney. It was the only named 9F. 

Jim has a drive of his own 9F, 'Evening Star'

The snapper snapped! This is Jason who usually takes all the pictures I use here. I have no idea who took this one! Jason is driving 92245, a black 9F.

Aaron on Dave's Black Five. Dave is seated, left. 

The three Musketeers; Malc, Jim, and me enjoying the lovely afternoon

Fun in the park 

Busy station scene