The conditions were, for the last day of November, near perfect for a photo of 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”, following in the steps of last week’s run of “Britannia”. The air was cold, the sunshine bright and directional, ready to light the steam nicely from behind. The train was about an hour late (not its fault), but it was going well as it approached in the distance. Then, in prime position for our photos, the driver closed the regulator (on a 1 in 112 uphill stretch – one of the steeper parts of the long climb to Church Stretton). Once behind the trees, the regulator was opened again, and stayed open away into to the distance, including the short downhill stretch to Craven Arms. We could hear it as well as see it. So what went wrong? (I well remember the driver of 46229 closing the regulator briefly on the last 1/4 mile of so of the southbound climb to Ais Gill, just to spite the gallery of photographers… Surely not?)
The WAG train was a minor bonus – made a change from the usual endless procession of class 175 units.