‘Cathedrals’ overcomes motive power shortage

DESPITE the continued general lack of motive power, Steam Dreams’ chairman Marcus Robertson has managed to book enough locomotives to fulfil his ‘Cathedrals Express’ demands until May when Flying Scotsman is set to begin another season of excursions.

SR Pacific No. 34046 running as No. 34052 Lord Dowding passes Wandsworth Road with Steam Dreams’ ‘Cathedrals Express’ to Dover on December 22. JAMES HAMILTON

Steam Dreams’ programme begins on Wednesday, March 1, with a St David’s Day trip to Chester and Holyhead with a ‘Black Five’, either No. 44871 or No. 45407.

On Tuesday, March 7, Royal Scot is booked to head an ‘Express’ from Ely to Bath and Bristol, steam coming on at Hanwell.

Four days later,the ‘Black Five’ is back in action with a Southend to Bath and Bristol excursion, the 4-6-0 joining the train at Hanwell.

The trip from the Bluebell Railway on March 18, to Oxford, hopefully booked for B1 No. 61306 Mayflower, has been provisionally postponed because of gauging issues at Dormans station two miles down the main line from East Grinstead. Whether Network Rail solves the problem in time for the trip to run remains to be seen.

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