The arrival of 5972 "Olton
Hall" was a complete surprise but a very welcome
one. The locomotive was transferring stock from Carnforth to
Tyseley and had stopped to take on water.
The hose was connected
but, not being very large bore, it took a while to fill up. This
gave the crew a chance to take a break with a cuppa and a chat.
and 5972, more popularly known for its "Hogwarts Castle"
guise from the Harry Potter films, coasted up to the signal to
await the green. Quite a number of children had gathered during
the watering stop and some were asking for the driver's autograph.
The price of fame eh?
Green and away
into the sunshine. The red paint has now taken on a very pleasing
weathered appearance. Magnificent even if it is GWR.
Glinting off into
the distance with spirit - you could feel the pride emanating
from the support crew.