A RAIL37 Churnet Valley Railway picture report

STEAM GALA - 26th June 2005

Steam Gala day 2005 on the CVR and first in to view were the Great Western pannier tanks 6430 and 9642 heading into Froghall station.

I boarded the next train out, hauled by 68030, and took this shot of the star of the show 3440 "City of Truro" on loan for the weekend from the NRM.. the shot came out looking rather painting-like so I enhanced it a bit more. This locomotive is very photogenic.

 Another round trip with my day rover ticket and off at Consall to see 6430 arrive - this time on its own.

A walk along the canal bank to see 68030 arrive from Cheddleton.....

.....and 6430 leave in the opposite direction.

Back to the station to see "Truro" arriving from the North.

Leaving for Froghall.

Back to Froghall again to sample that marvellous cafe on the platform and to savour the day as the crowds thronged at every point on the railway. The clear shortage of coaches on the trains meant that seating was at a premium but it all added to the sense of occasion. People on trains are normally quick to complain if they are being inconvenienced but I didn't hear so much as a grumble, everyone was chattering away and, despite the heat, even the children were happy. It was a good day on the CVR and great credit is due to all the members of staff who contributed to making it an occasion to remember.

3440 double heading with 68030 was booked for the end of the day and something not to be missed. It is highly unlikely that 68030 will be so favoured again in the near future so I went to Leekbrook to witness the event. The train arrived with 68030 leading and "Truro" trailing tender-to-bunker.

A strange yet intriguing coupling.

Truly a blast from the past.

The two locomotives were uncoupled and ran forward onto the headshunt.

Quite majestic.

The engines were shunted to have them couple boiler to boiler for the return to Cheddleton. First was 3440.....

.....and then it was 68030's turn.....

.....before they both headed South.

A final glimpse of this celebrated locomotive and the end to another bargain day on the Churnet Valley Railway.