Photos taken on Sunday the Sunday 19th November 2000
Below : Early on in the morning, before
all the problems of the day unfolded, 21C123 'Blackmoor Vale'
climbs away from Leamland Bridge with the 9.35 from Sheffield
Park. Although not LBSCR, I was the last person complaining !
Below : Running about 10 minutes, the
pairing of two visiting Terriers work hard to accelerate away
from the permanent way slack on the 1 in 63 past Horsted
House farm. They are W11 'Newport' from the Isle of Wight
Steam Railway, and No.2678 'Knowle' from the Kent and East
Sussex. Knowle was later to run out of water near Sharpthorne
Tunnel, upsetting the timetable for the rest of the day.
As a result of this failure, 'Blackmoor
Vale' couldn't return to Horsted Keynes, and so the next
northbound train terminated there, which was headed by W8 and
No.473 'Birch Grove'. It was decided that No.473 would go and
rescue the failed train. However, as W8 only had air breaks,
it was unable to work back to Sheffield Park with the vacuum
breaked train, and so had to wait (below left) for No.473 to
return. The pair are seen (below middle) accelerating
downgrade away from Horsted Keynes. Later on (bottom),
they climb past Holywell on the return journey.
Below : The Pullman departure left
Sheffield Park almost two hours late as a result of the
difficulties. However, it if had been on time, the sun
wouldn't have been shining, and this picture of 21C123
heading the train at Holywell would not have been possible.
The vehicle immediately behind the locomotive is the 1903
built Semi-Royal saloon, which had only entered service a
week earlier after being purchased by a Bluebell member.
Below left : Stepney was coupled to
No.65 and the pair worked the Ashburies and Observation car,
seen here climbing towards Caseford Bridge. Below left, at
about ten to three, W8 and 473 rattle down the 1 in 75
towards Sheffield Park.