Following from yesterdays look at the Watercress Line’s resident ex-LMS Black 5 45379, today we complete the round-up from the visit to the railway on Saturday. We begin at Alresford (above and below) where 850 Lord Nelson (or Nellie; as it is nicknamed) ran around it’s train ready for the 13:43 departure for Alton. I never tire of seeing this magnificent Maunsell machine and I hope Locoyard followers feel the same!
West Country class “spam can” 34007 Wadebridge was the centre of attention, being oiled, polished and admired; all in good measures.
Having a close look at Bulleid’s light pacific locomotive gave a good opportunity to reflect on how different it looks compared to Riddles’ rebuilt versions, as looked at on Saturdays blog post (click here).
The yard proved as ever to be a good spot to watch trains passing by as the picture below of 850 Lord Nelson with the return service from Alton shows. It gives a good clear view of the trains and being north-facing, the sun is in the best place for a photograph.
One thing that really made the day a little out of the ordinary was seeing A4 Pacific 4464 Bittern (below) simmering away in a siding at the far end of the site. Presumably the “blue streak” was being given a temporary place to rest in-between rail tours. The locomotive wasn’t close enough to have a good look, but as last week’s brief spotting posts prove; the odd glimpse of steam helps keep the steam enthusiast’s excitement levels high and this was no exception!