Tuesday, 25 June 2013

"Nunney Castle" Roars Out of Nuneaton...

Hello everyone. Tonight we had a little ride out to see GWR 4-6-0 No5029 "Nunney Castle" coming along the Nuneaton to Leicester line. I chose an old favourite main line location of mine: the over-bridge at Horsten Grange. From the road bridge on the road towards Hinckley, you can climb over a fence and then walk across a public footpath to reach a second bridge. This bridge is part of a farm access and offers much better views of Leicester trains as they accelerate upgrade out of Nuneaton. "Nunney Castle" was hauling a 'loaded trial' test train, organised by Vintage Trains Ltd of Tyseley. The train left Tyseley at around 6pm and took a cruise around the East Midlands via Nuneaton, Leicester, Burton and Coleshill Parkway before returning to base. We certainly heard 5029 before we saw her, with her four cylinders working hard as she accelerated her short train. The engine was immaculate and all credit goes to the support crew of 5029, and of course Tyseley Loco Works. It was a nice experience indeed to see a thoroughbred Great Western Castle Class 4-6-0 passing us by sounding fantastic. Cheers guys, Sam...

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