Out in the Wild
An email arrived at 5305la Webquarters this week, it read:
So there we were on the top of the Ivinghoe Beacon (about 3 miles due North of Tring Station) at around noon last Saturday when we noticed this long horizontal white streak about two miles to the West. Through the binoculars, we made out a rake of pullman cars being pulled by what appeared to be a Black 5 Stanier in full steam. We were just trying to figure out if this was the West Coast Main Line when this train was slowly overtaken by a Virgin train.
The sender, Dennis King, also sent us this photo of the event, taken on a zoom at pretty much maximum range, it is as he says, grainy, but still discernible. This is a record of one of those special moments when you unexpectedly see a steam train out in the wild. You might get better views if you plan in advance, travel early, set up carefully and wait, but, it’s never quite as special as a bonus moment when you hear the whistle or see the steam unexpectedly. So i you are planning a trip to see a steam train, why not go the whole hog and book a ticket to travel with one – go on, you know she’s worth it!
Please consider buying tickets to travel behind steam on the main line if you can, the operators need to fill trains in order to avoid running at a loss, and if they don’t make money, they won’t be able to run steam on the main line at all - which would be a shame and a pity for all of us.
There is still time for you to book on the Deva Explorer trip to Chester on Saturday the 27th of November (www.vintagetrains.co.uk ) with 45305.
By Info | Thursday, November 11, 2010 | Tags : 45305