It's been a quiet couple of weeks until now, mainly due to a combination of things, as mentioned previously, one off gala's and mainline runs are few and far between as high summer timetables and repeat itinery work for holidaymakers form the backbone of the summer scene, also as you may of noticed, it's been bloody hot too!, this has resulted in the unfortunate use of Diesel assistance on Steam tours due to the fire risk to tinder dry vegetation, hence why the Shakespeare hasn't appeared for a couple of weeks, however I have been out and about, to a steam fair at Hollowell in Northamptonshire and got many pictures of the various Traction Engines on show, which will be uploaded to the misc picture section in due course, the time needed to edit 35 pictures being the main reason it hasn't taken place yet, despite being over a week ago.
Anyway, back to railway matters and last Tuesday I headed north to the National Railway Musuem at York, being 75 years since A4 Mallard set the steam speed record at 126MPH (which stands to this day), a special event took place bringing all six surviving A4's together, including those on loan from America and Canada, the event was extremely popular so any attempt at a picture without people in shot was totally impossible, so I took two general record views, which I think in many years time will serve as a good record of the event.
While at York I also had the good fortune to see the Scarborough Spa Express before it left and even more good fortune to get a picture before 47760 back onto the front due to the already mentioned fire risk, lets hope some rain comes soon to alleviate the problem.
As a result of the hot weather, the High speed runs planned with Bittern has been postponed to a later date which is a sensible decision, so any idea of seeing that is off the radar for the time being, I plan to use that Saturday instead to visit Wirksworth and 1300 instead now, though of course that's very much dependent on the weather and if they will run steam as a result.
Elsewhere I will be making my second trip to the Bluebell on the 10th August, it was my original intention to go for the October gala, but I have since been advised this is likely to feature mostly visitors and long term loan engines which I am already familiar with when it is the Bluebells elderly home fleet which I desire to see the most, these however are more likely to feature at the August Vintage event, hence plans have been made to visit at this time instead, it will be a refreshing change seeing many loco's from the turn of the century as opposed to the more usual 9F's or Black Fives.
As for this weekend, with no rain forecast for the next week or so, the Shakespeare is likely to continue with Diesel assistance so I'm unlikely to venture out for it, there is a class 20 tour from Hooton to Skegness on Saturday morning that could be interesting as I can spare the time for it, taking a rather strange routing via Walsall.
Hopefully the next few weeks will offer more opportunity than the last, though traditionally Spring and Autumn have been busy months wit lulls in Summer and Winter.