A pannier in the dale

Just back from a little outing to Coalbrookdale. Never seen the place so busy – hundreds of people! The reason – a steam special on the branch from Madeley Junction to Ironbridge power station, hauled by Hawksworth-designed pannier tank 9466 (built for BR by RSH in 1952). The train is seen crossing the viaduct at the upper end of the dale, about half-way up the steeply-graded line. I guess the six coaches were about the limit for the locomotive, which can be heard labouring (check out the video below) as the curve kicks in.

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