The first day of the Worth Valley's Winter Gala is now complete. The weather was dull and cold, but the Worth Valley guys sure know how to put on a show. They use a simple formula:
Step 1. Figure out exactly how many engines you have that you can run
Step 2. Run all of them!
Between the three carriage sets and the goods this didn't leave enough trains for engines. Solution, double head them!
This meant that there were no less than four double headers, and thats just counting the ones 'facing the right way'.
This was the last gala for the resident Standard 4 tank before overhaul. Over the time I've been in the area it has been a stalwart of the Worth Valley fleet. I hope its not out of service for too long, but in these days of long overhaul queues I'm glad I've got plenty of shots of it. Not least this one form last autumn, one of my favourites!
The Sun came out at just the right time for this shot. I had waited for around 20 minutes in dull cloud before some light literally came through as 80002 came around the corner. There was no such luck today however!
Despite today's gloomy weather there were plenty of people out, both on the trains and lineside. Unfortunately due to other commitments I can't attend the remaining two days. However I must say a big thanks to the team at the KWVR for simply 'running everything'. It was great to finally grab a shot of the WD out of the shed!
The full gallery is here: http://www.chriskempsterphotography.com/p825345671
Here is a small sample.