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Local Steam Train Sightings 2018
2018 Steam Train Schedule

Thanks to Hungerford photographer and train enthusiast Tony Bartlett for keeping us apprised of any steam trains passing through our area. Here is his Introduction to Local Heritage Railways

Upcoming Sighting Opportunities

Vale of the White Horse:

1Z82 0741 West Brompton to Gloucester  Didcot PW  11:31 Tues 20 Nov    60009 Union of South Africa

Vale of the White Horse:

1Z33 0922 London Paddington to Cardiff Central  Didcot PW  10:47  Thurs 22 Nov  60009 Union of South Africa

Paddington –  Newbury (passing through Hungerford) – Bath:

LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 Sat 24 Nov 60009 Union of South Africa

Past Sightings

The first steamer on our line this year was a UK Railtours excursion to Minehead on Saturday 26 May:

Merchant Navy Pacific no. 35028 Clan Line on the The Quantock Intruder to the West Somerset Steam Railway

On the day report from Tony Bartlett:

Grey skies and raining at Hungerford ready for the GWR trip up the valley, and conditions not improved much by the time I arrived at Bridge 99 near Crofton. A small group of 9 photographers were assembled, waiting for the train and tracking its progress among the extra services which were being diverted this way today. The train arrived only a few minutes late, delayed by the extra traffic, and was clearly determined not to cause any delays itself by tackling the climb to Savernake Summit beyond Crofton with evident vigour. At first sight, this may appear to be a Pullman special but only the first carriage behind the loco (for its support team) is used in the Pullman formation. However the rest of the stock (Riviera Trains’ Royal Duchy set) is turned out in a consistent and attractive chocolate and cream.

One of the Bruce Trust canal boats was passing along the canal at the time, but unfortunately declined the invitation to wait to be photographed with the steamer. However I do have a montage version of the two together in case the need arises.  To confirm the arrangement for diesel haulage on the return trip, the special was followed very closely by a Class 67 also en route for Bishops Lydeard, leaving the assembled company to wonder why it wasn’t coupled up to the rear, as is often the case with other excursion trains.

 

 

Many thanks to Tony Bartlett for the above info and above photograph.

 

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