Sunday, 24 January 2016
The milder weather arrived as forecast along with a drop of rain. Saturday morning was very pleasant and we set off for Cumbria to do a little bit of steam train chasing.
The day’s plan was a mid morning coffee stop in Bedale moving on for lunch in Hawes at Calvert’s Restaurant at the Wensleydale Creamery.
It was pleasantly mild for late January as we arrived in Hawes. Lunch over, we headed to our chosen location for some pictures and video of the first Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express of the year. Initially it had been planned that the world famous locomotive, The Flying Scotsman, would be hauling this train but a braking issue had meant that this wasn't possible and two other steam locomotives took over.
The afternoon didn't go as planned. Remember the floods in Cumbria not many weeks ago? Well some of the roads and bridges are still closed due to damage caused by the floods.
We didn’t fancy risking this old masonry arch bridge which was damaged in the floods and it meant access to our chosen spot was impossible before the train arrived. We did try and made our way along a few rather narrow roads before giving up and settling for a rather less than choice spot.
This particular road seemed to be a single track without passing places. Fortunately we didn't meet anyone coming in the opposite direction.
I’ll have to keep a lookout to see when Flying Scotsman is next due to be out on the main line.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 16:03