A Promise is a Promise

Dad coming good with a promise…

In 2004 an eager but very flu affected 7 year old got himself out of a sickbed to drive with us all the way to York to see and ride behind the Flying Scotsman.  Imagine his dissapointment to find that she had failed and was in for maintenance. The Black 5 on the Scarbrough Spa Express really did not work as a substitute – by 7, he had already seen a fair number of Hikers by then!

So I promised that we would get to see her again soon and definitely have a ride behind her…… well it’s just neither I or the National Railway Museum thought “soon” meant 12+ years (and the small matter of £4.5m)!!!  But Dad has done his duty as you can see…… even if the thrill to a 20 year old had waned a bit in comparison with the 7 year old’s which is definitely sad!

So enjoy a one of my pictures of her ladyship (or money-pit as some beleive!) and with thanks to Brian Dandridge for all of the rest of them as we were on the train and obviously could not photograph ourselves!!  Thanks Brian!

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Brian Dandridge 4

Brian Dandridge 5

Brian Dandridge 6

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I have always felt the A3s to be one of the most attractive locomotive classes (although I do not like the german style smoke deflectors); if I were OTCM Oly I would be busy hatching a new layout plan……………..well maybe I am (……not, don’t worry but I do fancy an A3………..!)

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About highlandmiscellany

Just playing trains; my weekday life is a bit more serious though!

Posted on April 18, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Marcus Burrows

    Some time in the mid ’90’s I was driving to work along the A412 towards Hayes in Mx. Imagine my surpise to find the Flying Scotsman on a low loader parked in a layby, minus the tractor (and tenser, of course) simply sitting there (and, as these wonderful creations have personalities, looking a bit miffed at her infra-dig circumstances). Well, of course I pulled in and climbed all over her (what a cheek, poor girl!) – and arrived late for a meeting, my immaculate suit permanently destroyed by grease and grime. Oh, but I was smiling. A pity nobody believed me, but yers later I found a news cutting to the effect that she had traveled that road. Vindicated, at last!

  2. Barrie @ railwayblogger

    Some fantastic photos here and I really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing!

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