Cambrian Coast Express

Just back from a little outing to see the King – 6024 “King Edward I” hauling the “Cambrian Coast Express” between Shrewsbury and Paddington. The line climbs at 1 in 137, steepening to 1 in 100 through Albrighton, after the descent from Hollinswood – consequently, the train was moving quickly – perhaps 60mph – and working hard enough for a decent action shot – see below:

Shame about the horrid water wagon immediately behind the tender – no doubt it’s going to be an increasingly necessary feature of main line steam operations. Bring back the Ethels – all is forgiven!

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