Whilst the rain held off, the day was overcast, starting off quite misty, and not ideal for photography. The trains however were absolutely packed all day, in spite of running a 40-minute interval service. The highlight of the day was of course the double-heading of two malachite Bulleid Pacifics on a 12 coach train, not that the other trains were insignificant! In the end it actually turned into a pleasant evening, and as the final train from Kingscote to Horsted Keynes arrived, there were still video cameras in evidence at Horsted to capture some very evocative twighlight shots.
"Camelot" climbs Freshfield Bank with the 12.10 from Sheffield Park.
"Blackmoor Vale" takes water at Sheffield Park before working the 10.50.
The sun only came out for about 5 minutes (at the Park end) but this suited Jon as it coincided with 75027's first appearance of the day with the 1.30, seen at Ketches Wood.
The 2.10 from Sheffield Park was headed by No. 92240, seen accelerating its train past Ketches.
34081 "92 Squadron" descends Freshfield Bank with the 2.08 from Kingscote
Unfortunately the clouds had closed in by the time the 3.35 climbed up Freshfield Bank, headed by 21C123 and 34081, with 12 fully-load coaches on. It was still a memorable sight though !!!
Tony Pearce has also put two photographs of the "Double Header" on his website at: http://website.lineone.net/~tony_pearce/giants.html.