Friday, 26 July 2013

Rail Ale: An Evening With The Doctor...

Hi guys. Tonight was the opening night of the Battlefield Line's "Rail Ale" event 2013. Operated by Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA, the Bar at Market Bosworth Goods Shed opened up at 7pm and the performance of the evening began at 8pm. As we arrived there was a large green shape in the distance, standing adjacent to the signalbox...it was 3803. Yes, 3803 has now returned to Shackerstone for a few months of hire, following replacement of both valve & piston rings and general tightening up of the front end where possible. The loco stood proudly alongside the yard at Market Bosworth, having been under light-engine test during the afternoon. "Blue Circle": the unique blue Aveling & Porter 2-2-0: was also in steam, coupled to her regular brake van and offering shuttle rides up & down the siding. A few road engines were also in the yard, including a pair of Steam Roller's and two traction engines. Myself, Maisie & a fair few family members had all turned up for the evening performance by renowned Steam Rally entertainer..."Dr Busker". Beginning at 8pm, we watched the entire performance which ended about midnight. Busker was again at the top of his game and had the crowd cheering (and even on their feet at some points!) to his renditions of various classic songs as well as many of his own. I can't remember how many he did but it was a fair few, coupled with his interval starting cheer..."More Beer". It was a fantastic night and very busy indeed which means good money for the railway. Thanks for reading folks - Sam...

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