Thursday, 12 June 2014

The Boys Are Back !

The Boys enjoying a drink at Rawtenstall on the East Lancs
A Dave Jones photo
Yes, seven of us had a great weekend in West Yorkshire and managed to fit in some good visits. We travelled on the Keighley & Worth Valley (pretending to be the Old Gentlemen waving to the Railway Children.... somewhere!), interesting shed tour too!), 

A newly arrived visitor for the Diesel Gala weekend on the K&WVR
a ride on the East Lancs Railway with powerful, smart, speedy, saddle tank in charge (ex WD 'Sapper'), no shed visit unfortunately, but the Transport Museum at Bury was very interesting.

Sapper leaving Bolton Street Station at Bury on the East Lancs
and Embsay & Bolton Abbey (very damp !!!! great shed tour), but no seven and a quarter line working (rubbish weather????)

A very smartly turned out 'Beatrice' on the Embsay Railway
 followed by a 'Pondys' Mystery Tour round the Yorkshire Dales, (we even managed to see the Ribblehead Viaduct on the S & C complete with train), before heading back to our comfortable and friendly Ibis Hotel (Bradford) in Shipley. 
Our thanks to the Brighouse Crew for their warm welcome on Thursday evening where we had a great time driving, chatting and having a good look round, thanks Martyn, Brian & Co, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with you! 
Brian explaining the BNSF diesel's controls to Brian (Moi!) (heaven!)
Victoria coming out to play!
Thanks also to the Wakefield Club Crew who made us welcome on Sunday as we headed back home, a good break for a look at their set up, which again is very interesting and  we saw some lovely locos, especially the Darjeeling loco! 

The lovely Darjeeling loco just unloaded at the Wakefield Club
So, another great weekend with plenty of inspiration.....where next year Chaps??????


We should also mention our visit to Blackgates Engineering in Dewsbury on the way up where we purchased injectors, flue brushes and stuff for our locos, and where we  met Phil who said why not pop in to the Wakefield Club on Sunday as they would be running, and we did , thanks Phil!!!