For a few years now I have been trying to get a photo or two of a particular engine on the Yorkshire Moors. That engine happens to be what many regard as the flagship of the NYMR, 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley'.
Being one of the stalwarts of the NYMR fleet you would think that as it is a feature of every gala and event it wouldn't be to hard to get some photos of it in action. How wrong you would be.
Over the last couple of years I have had no less than five attempts at getting this engine in steam, only to find it failed, the schedules changed or, in one instance, the engine not even on the Moors having been moved for a mainline excursion at short notice.
These two photos are from the Spring Gala where, whilst she did indeed steam, its was only on the second weekend when I could only make the first.
This week saw the iconic engine back in steam following some extensive repairs. After having a full weekend the engine failed on Monday, but was again in steam on Tuesday. Seizing my chance I headed over to the Moors to catch her on Wednesday in the Sun.
Now Wednesday did not start well. Having had a tiring evening playing football with some of the lads from work I overslept in the morning. I then arose to reports of a big accident on the M62. Setting off around half an hour later than planned I followed a diverted route avoiding the stricken motorway but not avoiding the chaos that the accident had caused along all other routes. Finally getting to the vicinity of the Moors I arrived quite a bit later than was ideal.
As a result of this I change my plans. Originally I had intended heading towards Grosmont and getting the morning shed shots with hopefully one of the engines coaling up. Due to my tardiness I decided to head straight to Goathland and try a shot from Darnholme. I haven't managed to get to this spot before so took the opportunity to get there first thing whilst all was still quiet.
Some of you may have felt the sinking feeling that you can get when you suddenly realise that all your efforts have been in vain. For me it happened when echoing off the valley sides was not the roar of a steam engine in full cry, but the engine of a Class 37 diesel. On the teaks no less!
Sure enough, when I got back to Goathland I learned that 'Sir Nige' had been failed for the day due to a reoccurance of its problems. Another wasted journey! Well you be the judge. Although 'Sir Nige' wasn't in steam I took the chance to try some new spots and get a few shots of the Std 4 tank in action.
The full days efforts can all be found here:
Let me know what you think!