|Twelve Raise Steam at Statfold|
Todays open day saw four train rakes in action on the field railway: two passenger rakes, a mixed set and a freight train. Due to the amount of engines in action, we simply had to wait our turn. As "Jack Lane" and "Statfold" were at the 'back of the pile' we were last off shed, leaving at just before 11:30am. From them on, engines rotated in the same order all day.
|Ashing Out Before We Go|
|"Jack Lane" at the Baloon Loop|
|Simmering In Platform 1|
We had a 3rd and final loaded run, this time on the freight which was also enjoyable. Back at Statfold we were asked to go and collect the train staffs light engine. I drove this trip and it was very pleasant. Having completed the job we steamed back to Statfold yard and were uncoupled from "Statfold" herself. The next and final job was the cavalcade. All twelve engines would steam around the circuit and then line up on the gradient near the Statfold home signal for photographs. I drove "Jack Lane" again on this run and it was very pleasant.
|Some Of The Cavalcade: No1, No5, "Isibutu", "Harrogate", "Trangkil", "Sragi", Surrey Council and the Corpet|
The following photo has kindly been cleared for use by its owner Invercloy (from Flickr). It shows myself and John descending the bank on "Jack Lane", with "Statfold" behind...
Cheers guys. Sam...