Sunday was forecast to be dry until late afternoon so I decided to take ‘Hyperion’ out on the recently completed Almondell circuit to stretch her wheels. Running clockwise, she was out on the track continously for nearly three hours until the fire became choked with clinker forcing a retiral.
The circuit is amazing, a real challenge for both the driver & the fireman. A joy to run on with some good scale fast running. It was easy to imagine being on an express parcel train towards the end of steam, only stop Stevanage, green lights all the way. We need water troughs for true non-stop running…….