We arrived as the DEMU left the station, so I did not get any decent pics of her, however. it was the same one that we saw at Medstead and Four Marks.
Walking down the platform I discovered a magnificent Ransome and Rapier 45 Ton steam crane, and it was real beaut. It sat on a side line and superficially was in a good condition. Whether it still worked or not was another story though, given how it is steam powered and the boiler would need regular inspections.
Then everybody started to board and soon the train started to move, steam engine doing what it does best.
Then they were past us, heading towards the next station. The rear of the train connected to the diesel. My video of this train is on my YouTube Channel.
It had been another fascinating morning of heritage rail, and I am glad I was able to see this, although travelling on it may be out of my reach at this moment in time. However, it is a glimpse into a period that is past, and one which the many children who travelled on this train did not experience. I experienced rail travel in a different country, so it is all new to me too.
It is very evident that the Watercress Line is a very professional operation that is manned by volunteers. I marvel at how they have managed to create this world from the past, and can imagine how much dedication it took to get to this point. I hope that one day I will be able to ride this train too, although sticking my head out of the window isn’t possible. There are 4 sections to this blog post, this being the last. Use the arrow to return to the first