Sunday, 27 March 2016

A Walk Round Kingsbury...

Hi all. During today's blustery Easter Sunday we had decided to head out and have a walk around Kingsbury Water Park. Home of the 7.25" gauge Echills Wood Railway, we were almost bound to see some steam - and we did. We walked along the chilly waters edge in warm sunshine but a biting breeze. Having walked through the wilderness to Far Leys we came past the EWR's top station. The line is double track along here and, having watched an electric Peak depart, a steam whistle was heard. Along the line, rocking from side to side in narrow gauge fashion, came a Tinkerbell 0-4-2. This engine was "Douval"...
We've come across "Douval" many times in the past at both the EWR and Rugby MES' Onley Lane track as he or she has journeyed many miles pulling countless passengers. Driven by her owner, the chunky tank engine chugged past with an articulated rake...
Passing the double mouths of Wren's tunnel, we wandered down towards the wooded area where the footpath crosses the triangle of little tracks. A flying B1 stormed past at such a rate that a snap of it resulted in a BR Black liveried blur and the sun had just picked its moment to go in as "Douval" passed us again. I must have counted at least 6 locomotives out and about - with a 50/50 diesel-steam mix. The EWR is a very nice set-up and, though we didn't ride today, you can read about former exploits here both riding - click here - and driving - click here. Many thanks all, and Happy Easter. Cheers, Sam...

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