Myself and Maisie boarded the 'Shakespeare' towards the back of the set, away from the rabble that was boarding nearer the front. The train departed at 12:30ish and took us to Birmingham along the Bearley branch before curving left at Hatton Junction on the (as I call it) 'proper' main line. Here 4965 was given her head and accelerated quickly up to 60mph odd. She seemed to do it almost effortlessly, for mile after mile before slowing up to slip through the Birmingham suburbs.
After brief stops at Tyseley and Moor Street, 4965 pulled us loudly up through the lengthy Snow Hill Tunnel before pulling into the platform. I alighted to take a few quick snaps before rejoining the train following run round.The locomotive was run round sharply, before being recoupled to the front of the train.
|"Rood Ashton Hall" - Built 1929 (Snow Hill)|
Having watched 4965 tear through during her run round, myself and Maisie walked back to the car before heading home back along the A46. It had been a pleasant Sunday afternoon out. We had travelled for a bargain price of £7 each due to a Groupon offer so I was pretty pleased with the service we got. I do however think (rather snobbishly) that we will travel Pullman Class again next time we travel with VTL...its just a totally different experience! ;) . Cheers guys. Sam...