Sunday, 1 June 2014

Flying Visit to Toddington...

Hi guys. Today myself & Maisie visited Bourton-on-the-Water and then Cheltenham before heading for home during the afternoon. On this warm summer afternoon we thought we'd stop for an ice cream and so, with the path of the BMW drawing very close to Toddington station, we thought we'd nip in. In the car park stood the perfect example of Great Western steam preservation: the magnificent 4575 class 2-6-2 No5542. Regular readers will remember that 5542 visited us at Shackerstone for our April gala and I enjoyed a brilliant day aboard her footplate: she's a wonderful engine. 5542 looked today as if she were about to depart the GWSR for home, and I would later find out that she was doing just that, heading back to the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. Across the way from a cold 5542 stood recently returned to service No7820 "Dinmore Manor". Built in 1950 at Swindon under BR, 7820 returned to work this season after a lengthy overhaul. Today she was out hauling trains on the GWSR, alongside Black Five No45379. The Manor was certainly a sight to see...
No7820 "Dinmore Manor" gets away from Toddington with the 2:40pm departure...
Having watched 7820 depart easily into the distance, we enjoyed an ice cream before continuing the journey home after a most enjoyable weekend. Best Regards, Sam...

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