Many years ago I painted a picture of an 0-6-0 saddle tank and gave it the title ‘Papa was an Engine Driver?’ in memory of a story my dad had told me about riding the tank engines on the old Cromford & High Peak Railway when he was a PO Telegram Messenger in the mid-1950s.
The painting (I wonder if I’ve still got it tucked away in a folder somewhere???) came back to me as we watched 1953 WD194 Hunslet ‘Cumbria’ resplendent in Furness Railway ‘Indian Red’ livery arrive at Shackerstone station on the Battlefield Line to take on water and haul out another trainful of visitors. They’re the most characterful locos.
At the other end of the scale came the 5″ gauge 0-6-0 steam engine below.
It’s become a bit of a tradition that a ride on this miniature line is the last thing The Boys, wearing their favourite ‘engine driver’ caps, do before we head home.
As this is the end of my brief photo-summary of the Shackerstone Festival perhaps these images are an apt way to round things off?
It was a grand day out!