1960 Bluebell Railway 2000

Celebrating 40 years of The Bluebell Railway


Giants of Steam 2000

was held on Sunday 22nd October 2000

Jon Bowers has sent the following photographs. Tony Pearce has also put two photographs of the "Double Header" on his website at: http://website.lineone.net/~tony_pearce/giants.html.

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.

Blackmoor Vale
In very damp conditions, "Blackmoor Vale" gets the 10.50 away - looking and sounding magnificent !!

Camelot
"Camelot" climbs Freshfield Bank with the 12.10 from Sheffield Park.

Blackmoor Vale
"Blackmoor Vale" takes water at Sheffield Park before working the 10.50.

75027
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 9F
The 2.10 from Sheffield Park was headed by No. 92240, seen accelerating its train past Ketches.

92 Squadron
34081 "92 Squadron" descends Freshfield Bank with the 2.08 from Kingscote

The double header
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.


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