...although the blustery wind here on the South Coast of England saw to it that you wouldn't actually know it was live steam; the plumes from my Cheddar Raisa being blown to oblivion the moment they emerged.
Getting this beast to run on my line in 'manual' was a bit of a challenge - for one thing, the regulator was only accessible from under the rear axle, via the servo linkage - not an easy place to get at when hot metal surfaces are in close proximity. The gas regulation was difficult too, as the turning motion for opening/closing of the gas is exactly the opposite to the Lady Anne, and I found myself giving it too much when I wanted to reduce it, and vice versa... More than once I was favoured with a spout of scalding hot water and emulsified steam oil as I assisted it over the seemingly many uphill stretches
More than once, my neighbours were treated to a fine repertoire of ancient Anglo Saxon invective.
Matters were not helped by my running out of butane after the first tank of water, and before I was able to ready my camera
- so a hastily convened visit to Halfords was required, to pick up the last 2 cans of butane in stock.
Still, for what it's worth, here are a few pics of the day:
Finally, here's a couple of other shots to finish off with:
A bit of clearance appears to be needed around the Dewey's End sidings, as the encroaching vegetation threatens to engulf this seemingly abandoned scrap metal wagon:
Meanwhile over at Chipside, another delivery is left at the fuel facility, in this rather decrepit-looking tank wagon:
Fat Controller of the S&CGR