We took the opportunity for an extended stay at the campsite just by the Hampton Loade Station, arriving on Thursday and stopping through until Monday.
Looking down from the train at our campsite and van
Going to a steam gala gives the opportunity to see at close quarters the visiting locos from other parts of the country as well as having a full running timetable – in this case, including night time running!
I spent the Friday walking along part of the running line where you get a 'ground-eye' view of the power of a steam loco, even though it's doing less than 30mph.
The range of locos was impressive with some special guests for the Gala.
Met 1 – the 1898 Victorian Metropolitan Railway Class E 0-4-4 is the only survivor of seven built and worked from Baker Street, London
The Duchess of Sutherland (which we had seen at Crewe the week before) had problems with the vacuum braking system sticking on
Pulling out of Bridgnorth with a full set of coaches
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A visit to the engineering workshops to see some (very) heavy engineering in progress
A new wheel set ready to fitted
A wheel bearing inset, the grooves ready to take the white metal bearing surface
The freight train clanking through
Hampton Loade Station at night
On the Sunday, Chris and I travelled on the vintage Metropolitan Carriage No.353. This has been fully restored to it's first class condition for the 150 year celebrations of the London Underground! Certainly very luxurious, although with authentic vintage suspension!
Lady in First Class
We opted for a cream tea with only six other railway enthusiasts – a private coach for the length of the line!
We had a great extended weekend with good weather and an interesting steamy hobby!