|Kingswear Boatyard with Dartmouth Over The River|
|Maisie Waiting For 4936|
The Hall duly chugged in with the safety valves lightly feathering. The rain was still falling, but a little lighter now. The Hall looked very attractive; so clean and well proportioned. The Tyseley engines are kept very well though - all of them.4936 gave us a good run back to Paignton. The climb up through Greenway was particularly good, with four crisp beats making their way out of the chimney. She sounded in very good voice, constantly. Back at Paignton I poked my head around the cab door. It was the typical GWR layout except with a few additions for working on the main line (4936 is registered).
It was now lunchbreak. The PDSR is a fully fledged business, not a preserved line as such, and therefore conforms to employee legislation. The crews therefore leave the engine for 45 minutes for lunch before returning to the footplate. The Hall was raked through, brought down to about 160psi with a full boiler and then left in the car park headshunt for display. It always amazes me how many people want their photograph taken with a loco...even these days...
All in all, another very nice visit to the PDSR. Though not a preserved railway in its own right, it is a beautiful route and no engine that isn't in tip-top condition graces its metals. Cheers guys. Sam.