No, we’ve not gone sporty all of a sudden. This was the Golden Valley Light Railway‘s great event – its 21st anniversary celebration, annual steam gala (no less than 5 working steam locomotives*) and the official opening of its magnificent new running shed. And we’d had a formal invite!
Visit “Golden Valley – the Triple Event” on “Geoff’s Rail Diaries” for the full story; in the meantime suffice it to see we had a great time – bright sunny weather (the first for weeks), a superb buffet lunch, and wonderful steam action. The return trip from the Newlands Inn, with Graham Lee at the regulator of his new “Jack Lane”, was amazing (literally, the sparks were flying…) – see below for the action. Many thanks once again to Pat Draper and Paul Sharpe at the GVLR for their kind invitation and a super day out.
*resident “Pearl 2”, new Hunslet “Jack Lane”, vertical boilered “Taffy”, Kerr Stuart “Peter Pan” and “Irish Mail” from the West Lancs