Our first stop off on our WSR gala trip was at Washford station. This station is quite exposed with quite a lot of the things to look out being outside, it was this time, naturally, then, that it absolutely tiddled it down.
Washford is the base of restoration for the S&D trust. There were some beautifully restored wagons:
And an absolutely stunning original S&D coach:
Which were shunted round by a Pecket in S&D livery
Washford station itself was interesting, painted in Southern region colours, so I took a few pictures of this as well:
Then 70000 “Britannia”, masquerading as 70021 “Morning star”, passed through. Unfortunately whoever had done the renumbering had made a bit of a mess of it, as the background for the cabside numberplate cover was the wrong shade of green. Nevertheless, it was still an impressive sight:
I poked the camera inside the workshops, where they have two further S&D coach bodies to be restored. Eventually they will probably be mounted on LMS CCT frames like the first one, as it would have originally been on wooden frames which H&S people aren’t too keen about.
And finally for today we saw our next train we were going to catch coming in, 7828 “Odney Manor”:
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