Saturday, 17 April 2010
Well there were a lot of familiar transport-industry faces in and around Bristol today as Castle class locomotive 5043 hauled two special trains.
As 1Z22 she worked 1133 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads via Bath Spa arriving at 1357 and as 1Z24 later at 1702 back to Paddington via Bristol Parkway.
Two of these 4-6-0 locomotives are certified for main-line railway use and they were of course associated with GWR for their lives, one forming the last 'proper' steam train departure from Paddington in 1965.
A super day for it and as ever the sight of steam on the main lines of the UK bringing out many smiles. Long may it continue to be possible!
5043 seen here approaching Bristol Parkway station - a place, of course, never served by GWR steam, it having opened some 7 years after they were finally withdrawn.