Back to Broadway Diesel Gala, Saturday July 28th 2018
The weather dawned dull, cool and damp all very unfamiliar for the hot Summer of 2018.
The fast car with 4 of Bedford's finest aboard arrived right time in Leighton and we were soon heading West. A few rain showers en route were a surprise as were a trio of Massey Ferguson tractors heading West in convoy near Chipping Norton. 8 miles of follow the tractors delayed us all by 15 minutes or so.
On arrival at Toddington it was raining again and the novelty of fresh rain on parched ground was already beginning to wear thin. The Gala tickets were exchanged for a wristband tickets which seemed an excellent idea making grips unobtrusive.
26043 was our power West, crossing 45149 en route. Breakfast at Cheltenham was an on platform barbeque cheeseburger. This was excellent, much better value than the garden centre run buffet at Toddington.
The 26 returned us the full 14 miles to the newly opened Broadway station. The thrash was typical small Sulzer, a melodic chatter with loud bursts at times, especially in Winchcombe tunnel. Tailing 7017 returned us to Toddington, this loco seemed to be driven gently so i left my Bedford colleagues for some narrow gauge thrash.
This didn't dissapoint, Hunslet thrash one way, Simplex on return. The usual narrow guage eccentricities but the staff have great pride in their line. A brief proper guage depot visit where 24081 and 47105 were under heavy repair in the immaculately clean diesel depot. The rest of the days moves are summarised below, 47376 was excellent i really didnt want to get off this former Knottingley legend. 37248 was quiet, 37215 the usual eruptive EE sounds.
The showers of hail and rain cleared by 1830 allowing a few more phots and watching the impressive departure of 832 and 7017 from Toddington on the 1845 fast to Cheltenham.
Much chatter on the return trip, evidence of storms with section of trees down and much debris in the road showed the weather had been wilder further East.
The delights of the Keynes, a 20 minute fester for a busy car 12 car 350 home. An excellent day, thank you Glos-Warks volunteers and the Bedford boys too!.
26043 0930 Toddington -- Cheltenham TO-CH
26043 1025 Cheltenham - Broadway CH-BW
7017 1200 Broadway - Cheltenham BW-TO
A497 1220 Toddington NGR - Didbrook loop TO-DI
Bryneglas 1240 Didbrook Loop - Toddington NGR DI-TO
832 1155 Cheltenham - Broadway TO-BW
832 1335 Broadway - Cheltenham BW-TO
47376 1335 Broadway - Cheltenham TO-GO
37248 1410 Cheltenham - Broadway GO-BR
37248 1545 Broadway - Cheltenham BR-TO
37215 1545 Broadway - Cheltenham TO-WI
20137 1540 Cheltenham - Broadway WI- TO
26043 1630 Broadway - Cheltenham TO-GO
37215 1710 Cheltenham - Toddington GO-TO
350241} 1914 Birmingham - Euston MK-LB
Phots from the day
20137 on the 1540 Cheltenham - Broadway DMU drag