Single track…

…takes on a different meaning at Nantmawr, close to Shropshire’s border with Wales. When we visited last September, the collection of monorail equipment was newly-arrived. They’ve had a chance to sort things out since then – today we were greeted by a sizeable circuit of track, complete with (the only) working locomotive and couple of “passenger vehicles”. We’d better take a ride…

More photos and video will appear on “Geoff’s Rail Diaries” in a day or two; meanwhile, here’s locomotive 20091 “Partington” about to perform a test run round the single track…

Catholic tastes

Towards the end of the afternoon, it occurred to me that, over the weekend, I’d seen a quite amazing range of railway activity. Yesterday we started with the Statfold open day – rather a soggy one, sadly,  though the weather had changed completely by the time we saw Princess Elizabeth hurrying southward from Church Stretton, shortly before 6pm. This afternoon we were at Nantmawr where we had a ride on an ancient DMU, barely half-a-mile down the last remaining section of the former “Potts”. The main reason for our visit however was to see the incredible collection of industrial monorail equipment, which until very recently was in storage at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

More on the above will appear on “Geoff’s Rail Diaries” in due course, though I’m acutely conscious of a growing backlog. So far as this blog’s concerned, we were still on Skye until this entry. I hardly dare say it, but I could do with a few more rainy days…