The first passenger departure of the day from Sheffield Park was the 10.50, headed by the recently
restored No. 21C123 'Blackmoor Vale'. The first
shot shows the locomotive taking water at Sheffield Park,
while the second shows the very atmospheric departure.
Above left is 9F Class No. 92240 with the
11.30 from Sheffield Park, rounding the curve out of Ketches
Wood. The overcast conditions allowed me to attempt this shot
from the east side of the line, and a pleasing picture
resulted with the 9F really going some. Someone on the cab
was obviously enjoying it too! Above right is No.73082
'Camelot', hauling the 12.10 up Freshfield Bank.
4MT No.75027 catches an all too fleeting
patch of sunlight while heading out of Ketches Wood onto
Freshfield bank with the 1.30pm from Sheffield Park. The
2.10pm from the Park was headed by the 9F again, seen
accelerating through Ketches wood.
The star visiting locomotive for the event
was Bulleid Light Pacific No.34081 '92 Squadron'
from the Nene Valley Railway. It is seen here descending
Freshfield Bank with 2.08pm from Kingscote.
The event of the day was the pairing of the
two malachite liveried Bulleid light Pacific's for the first
time in about 50 years. Leading was West Country
"Blackmoor Vale" with Battle of Britain '92
Squadron' inside. The pair are seen attacking Freshfield
Bank with all 12 coaches of the 3.35 from Sheffield Park,
which must be one of the longest public trains the Bluebell
has ever seen.
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