GWR 7029 & LMS 6233 - A Glistening Castle & A Brief Duchess ! to MP3 / MP4 ( HD )
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After its exploits across the Welsh Marches at the start of March, 7029 Clun Castle was once again back out on the mainline and this time a trip to Chester was on the cards, though this was no direct route as it took a roundabout trip over the East Midlands and then tracked back to head onto the WCML (west cost mainline) The fantastic weather we've had for the last 10 days continued, though with warm weather, steam effects would be at a premium. Also heading north up the WCML, this time to Manchester, was LMS 6233 Duchess Of Sutherland, running London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. We managed to capture a shot of the Duchess approaching a red light on the WCML avoiding line which takes slow traffic away from the former bottleneck at Norton Bridge. The new build railway splits off in two sections, with 6233 taking the right fork over the fast lines and joining the Stoke on Trent branch of the West Coast Mainline. This route is extremely rare for steam excursions. The Duchess is seen cautiously approaching a red signal before eventually getting a clear road for Stoke. While we would of preferred a fast paced scene, the slow passage allows you a good look at a gleaming duchess. Having seen the Duchess take the right fork of the avoiding line, it was now time for 7029 to head up the branch, just a few hours later. Though this time it would branch of to the left at Searchlight lane and rejoin the full WCML as can be seen in the video. For the return we headed over to Chester and we decided on Hargrave which is about 5 miles out of Chester, the late evening sun played the perfect backdrop as 7029 speeds through the Cheshire countryside while glistening to full effect, lovely stuff. There was a planned night shot but it was a long wait and we decided to end the day a bit earlier, we was more than happy with the end results. I hope you enjoy the video.