The Brit has been inking in more unusual track this week: On the way back from the Cathedrals Express to Norwich on the 20th Sept she was prevented from getting back to Southall on Saturday evening by a possession, which meant a visit to Ilford Depot.
The staff and management of the depot made the engine, coach and support crew very welcome. The Brit spent around 24 hours on the depot, outside ‘A’ shop. While she was there she had an almost constant stream of visitors who were making the most of their tea breaks to have a chance to get up close to part of the nation’s heritage.
5305LA would like to thank them all for their hospitality, particularly the manager who arranged the visit as well as the people who showed the support crew where to get drinking water to fill the water carrier for the coach. Many of the depot staff had seen the Brit pass on Saturday on the Cathedrals, others remembered her from steam days, others were just interested to see something different in their yard.
The Norwich trip went well, with the engine putting in a good performance again. The performances aren’t just down to the engine – part of it is the way that she’s handled, but it’s true that it’s far easier to work with first class materials - which 70013 certainly is! There was a good crowd at Norwich to greet her when she arrived, and plenty of people by the line-side watching and filming her going past. If you search the internet there are photos and film clips aplenty of her trips. Many of the film clips are excellent but I'm not going to single one out in favour of others because that wouldn't be fair on the ones I haven't found yet, so go on browse the clips, see just what she can do.
After a day spent basking in the sunshine on 12 road at Ilford, Cromwell and the empty stock made a leisurely journey across London by night, for operational reasons she was towed in light steam by the West Coast Class 47 rather than taking herself round.
By Info | Monday, September 22, 2008 | Tags : 70013