Surprise Steam

Good evening,

Wednesday was the first Dorset Coast Express of the season which ran from London Victoria to Weymouth and was hauled by Tangmere. For the last couple of years I traditionally photograph the first one of the season at Eastleigh on the way to work on 35005. However this year I was going to miss it as I won a competition on twitter to go see the Railway Children stage show at London’s Kings Cross theatre. It was on the way home from the show I noticed some steam enthusiasts walking around Waterloo. It was then I discovered that Tangmere was actually coming to Waterloo rather than Victoria on the return leg. So a quick walk over to platform 16 and a couple of minutes later a “green dragon” arrived.

Just time a few quick photos were taken before I had to make my way to catch my train home, it was a brief encounter but seeing a mainline steam when you were not expecting one is a great surprise.

Thanks for reading.

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