11.15am on the 14th October 2000 and the first train to carry
passengers down the valley to Froghall left the station in driving
rain. The train was operating to publicise the launch of the
latest share issue to raise funds for the restoration of passenger
services to Froghall. Hauling the train was the recently restored
Class 20 number D8154 (20154) looking resplendent in its green
livery, with Class 25 number D7672 "Tamworth Castle"
attached to the rear. Topping and tailing was necessary because
there is no runround facility at Froghall and push-pull not a
practical alternative. I decided to meet the train at Froghall,
where the history was to be made and because I had waited 30
years for the event, never believing it could really happen.
It did happen, and the following are some of the photographs
I took in what could not have been worse weather.