But I think my grandparents have extended to adopting Cammy………
Sadly with the clouds grouping over us, and it already beyond half 7 in the evening, the light went bad. This is where I’m jealous of Cammy! Taking a video in the dark is much easier in comparison to taking a photograph. Soon enough, bang on time at nearly Quarter to 8, the blue streak paced past us on her last miles to Edinburgh.
The next day, the first Royal Scot to Aberdeen and Inverness.
So over the fence on to the ledge it was! Extreme measures for this! This involved the tricky operation of first getting over the fence , which with some barbed wire on the top, felt slightly too risky for comfort. Indeed, one what was a warm day with a sea breeze coming in, Cammy saw fit to add an airing hole to his jeans via the barbed wire. It definitely was a heart pounding experience standing on that ledge, and slight disappointment when we realised there was a bush in front of us, who’s branches made themselves obvious to any angle we tried holding our cameras. But the friendly community of the rail enthusiast comes to the rescue again, this time in the shape of a lovely older couple with a small pair of branch cutters.
And then we were ready. Waiting for West Coasts No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” to pound by. But word had filtered through first, that as she was crossing the Forth Bridge, she set fire to some sleepers. I did start to question what would be happening now. A small sleeper fire on such an iconic structure would possibly prompt the halt of any tour progress. Luckily, that fear was put to the side with the sound of a deep LMS hooter from the other side of Burntisland. And then, after the speed restriction through the tightly curved station, we could see the green engine glint in the sun as the driver opened up the regulator along the beach wall. The stretch of line out of Burntisland station as it hugs to the beach is yet another great spot for photography, I had however suspected that that area would be quite busy. And plus, from where we were, you could see right down to it anyway.
With this photo now in the bag, the next vertical edge would be tackled in a few days with Rileys Black 5’s No. 45407 and 44871 being the main focus. But that climb was not planned….
And yes, we did manage to get back over that fence without too much injury….