We have a new kid on the block at CRC. Very successful first loaded test run last evening and the low sun was perfect for a nice location pic. I had asked Ian Carpenter weeks ago about the possibility of being on the footplate for the first visit of 35006 to Racecourse – he remembered and I got my wish! I returned “on the cushions” – well, hanging out of a window, actually. Mary had to later remove a grit from my eye!
No problems with the engine at all and it gave some loco crew a chance to learn how to manage the beast. We did an “emergency” stop in the middle of Bishops Cleeve followed by our first “hill start”. Photographers had heard the Bullied whistle and were at the crossing on the return trip – there was a photo on the Facebook closed group “The Honeybourne Line – a GWR Mainline in the making” before I even got back home!