Sunday, 9 September 2012

A Flying Visit to Kingsbury...

Hey all. Today, as the sun shone, myself and Maisie headed over to Kingsbury for an ice cream and a walk along the lakeside and the trackside, of the Echills Wood Railway. We didn't travel today but, as it was 'Narrow Gauge Weekend', the trains were operating an intensive service and there was plenty to see. The best place seemed to be Picnic Junction (as its called) where you could sit on a bench and watch all manner of engines pass by. Amongst others there was a large American named "Douglas", a Shay, two Romulus', an Exmoor Tinkerbell and many more. Two engines that I know well were double-heading a rake of coaches around the large route. These engines are "James" and "Trojan". "James" is of course the red Romulus (pictured) that I occasionally help with at GEC. "Trojan" is an engine that I used to help with at GEC but I have also spent time driving her at Rugby. The latter is a regular at Echills Wood these days, rather than GEC, but "James" flies the flag for steam up at Binley, alongside the Sweet William "Luna". I did get a wave off James & Kevin as they passed us at the junction, before they dissapeared into the distance. A nice little outing. We're off for a 99' - Cheers guys. Sam...

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