Friday, 20 May 2011

Peak Rail Steam & Diesel Weekend 2011

The Steam & Diesel Weekend featured two-train running, with a 6-coach passenger train and a loose-coupled demonstration freight train. The two trains passed one another at Darley Dale.

The diesel diagram was performed by D8 alternating with 37152. This weekend was the inauguration into revenue service of 0-6-0 'Austerity' class 'Lord Phil', following restoration at Statfold Barn. During the day, 'Lord Phil' and Peak Rail stalwart 68013 worked the steam diagram, either alternating, top and tailing or double heading. In addition, both steam and diesel diagrams called for the traction to swop from the passenger train to the freight, so the many photographers who'd turned up had plenty of variety during the day.

I was one of the steam drivers on Saturday 14th May. Due to a last-minute change, I was on 68013 with Dave as fireman for most of the day but we swopped to 'Lord Phil' for the last round trip. More pictures of the event.