|Good Morning Engines - "Alice" (left) with "Holy War" & "Marian"|
Following the departure of "Marian" we were ready to take "Holy War" out into the platform to provide rides with the truck. "Alice" was also ready to follow on, across the pointwork and into the loop for shunting. The photographers were out in force (cameras in hand) capturing the action as it unfolded. With line clear and steam up, "Holy War" chugged, with drain cocks blowing, out into the platform.
|"Holy War" & Truck - "Alice" With Slates|
|"Holy War" & "Alice" - Both of 1902 Vintage|
Having given a few rides with the Yellow Truck, "Holy War" proceeded up to the headshunt for watering and coaling. This done, we proceeded back down through the loop under control of the dollies. The Yellow Truck was then shunted into the so called 'polytunnel siding' for stabling whilst we awaited the return of "Maid Marian". The red 0-4-0 steamed in with the 5-coach rake, handing us the token and a shovel as we hadn't got one! "Holy War" was rostered on the 12:50 passenger departure and so was duly run round and coupled up. We then departed on time, leaving "Alice" on the slates and "Marian" with the truck. The sun was now shining, allowing us to enjoy the views from the cabbed Quarry Hunslet.
|Driver Idryss Jones On "Holy War"|
Aware that lateness now could cost the rest of the timetable, we romped out of Bala and under the bridge, hauling a heavy, well-loaded 5-coach train.
Our arrival back at Llanuwchllyn involved passing the token to "Alice"s crew before uncoupling, watering, coaling and ashing out. Eddie oiled up the loco before we moved her back down into the yard for a line-up and photographs. The three running Hunslets were positioned alongside the recently repatriated "Winifred", who was cleaned up and outside. The photographers flocked to see them, enjoying the sight of the four Bala Lake Ladies together...
|"Marian" (back), "Winifred", "Holy War" & "Alice"|
After the line-up we were back on the Yellow Truck with "Marian" on the slates. "Alice" was out on the 2:25pm train. As she pulled through the yard to a chorus of admiring whistles the sun came out and the photographers seemed to be enjoying their experience. A few people again took up the opportunity to ride in the truck behind "Holy War", whilst "Marian" provided the authentic experience with her ever-growing rake of slate wagons. Upon hearing the bark of "Alice" assaulting the bank on her return run, both "Marian" and "Holy War" were moved to their respective positions out of the way. Following coaling and watering we reversed the blue 0-4-0 down into the Polytunnel siding again. With "Alice" & train safely in the platform we ran "Holy War" round for the last passenger departure at 4pm. Before we left there was time for a well earned cuppa' and a slice of cake...
|"Holy War" & The 4pm Train|