So it was settled, we’d be a bit more daring this year. Shap! An early train down to Penrith would get us there in time for a bus which would pass over the Pennine Moors, and take us within 2-3 miles of the better photo locations before settling back into a pub in Carlisle.
What did get my own heart racing as soon as I saw the steam only a half mile along from where I was standing, was the sound of a Class 158 diesel engine revving up as it departed the station.
- For those who don’t know the phrase ‘bowled out’, in means in railway photography, to have another train get in the way of the actual railway vehicle you are trying to photograph.
And that’s exactly what was looking likely to happen, with every passing second it was looking more and more likely. Had we really come all this way to have a pink and purple tin can ruin the scene? Well luckily, below will answer:
This did give us a spare two hours to use in the village to use up. Last year, we made attendance to the Duke’s Head Inn for a couple of pints before heading off home. This year, the same establishment was closed and so we made our way further along the road to the Fox and Pheasant. And what a pub it was! A very friendly, warm and cosy pub in which we could have easily sat in for the rest of the evening, and some good ales to accompany (oh, and the pork crisps!). They may be missing one glass though due to a certain Yorkshireman…
Well, there is talk of no repeats of the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express in 2015 due to engineering works. So 21st Century Railwaymen's annual winter trip may end up being a gala visit. We may re-visit an old tradition of attending the Great Central Railway.