Another trip down the
valley, this time to see if the latest visitor was around. 92203 "Black Prince" is on holiday
in Staffordshire until the end of July 2004. Service
engine today was Stannier 8F number 48305 seen here leaving Froghall.
The weather was appalling
with torrential rain for most of the day. If nothing else it
made the valley even greener as we steamed North for Leekbrook
After a couple of circuits
and another great meal at Froghall I went up to Leekbrook to
watch the runround. 305 is running under the Leek-Cheddleton
End of the line.
Although it was mid Summer,
the cold and wet gave the impression of Winter with plenty of
Resting while the stock
Beginning the run round.
Moving in on the stock.
8F in the undergrowth.
Pulling away for Cheddleton.
305 going to ground en
route for Consall and Froghall.
Having read so much about
the possibity of an extension on the Cauldon branch, I went up
the road from Cheddleton to where the branch crosses the road,
to see what condition the line was in. This gate is on the Leekbrook
...and this is the line.
The gates on the Cauldon
...and the line heading
I had managed to catch
a glimpse of Black Prince, minus tender, in the shed yard at
Cheddleton but was delighted when, after the tender had been
attached, to see that the 9F was being pushed towards the bay