A Taste of Things to come

Today was a Covenantors’ Day for the A1 Trust and a day off for me, though I needed to go in this evening to do a shunt ready for the morning. One of our shunt moves involved “Tornado”, and the chance to pose it by the coal drops was too good to miss. Richard Pearson kindly obliged with positioning and then joined us with his camera.

As the shunt continued, we ended up with the A1 and K1 aside each other, with the Great Eastern saloon as a backdrop!

The final vista that opened up to us was “Green Arrow” alongside “Tornado”, a fine pairing of two apple green East Coast main line locomotives.

Just before we lost the sun, there was a photo call for the A1 support crew, including Richard Pearson on the extreme left and fellow Talyllyn footplate voulnteer Bob Morland on the far right.

A better chance to take pictures like this and maybe have an A1, K1 and V2 line up will be next weekend at Shildon, hence the title of this blog entry – this is only a taste, let’s hope the sun shines on 1st, 2nd & 3rd May – and admission is FREE! There is a small charge for cab access to the A1 and our site train rides. See you there?


About Anthony Coulls

Anthony is Senior Curator of Rail Vehicles at the NRM and has been an active heritage railway volunteer since 1988
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