Foot & mouth disease meant that I didn't stray very far from home in 2001. Even so, there was much to see. Two old friends, Clan Line and Blue Peter, bowed out, and a newcomer, Duchess of Sutherland, impressed mightily. Flying Scotsman took over VSOE Pullman workings, the Watercress Line's Green Train went to Stratford on Avon, and Nunney Castle went through the Severn Tunnel.
|GWR Hall class 4-6-0s 4936 Kinlet Hall and 4965
Rood Ashton Hall:
at Fenny Compton in the snow, crossing the Aynho viaducts, and dashing through Radley station in the dark on 4th March.
|SR rebuilt Merchant Navy class pacific, 35028
with the VSOE Pullmans at Woking on 4th March;
with a rake of green Mk1s at Wilton junction and leaving Weston Super Mare on 24th March - her last tour before overhaul.
|GWR Castle class 4-6-0 5029 Nunney Castle:
at Aldermaston and Great Bedwyn on 5th May;
near Chalbury in the twilight, 8th September;
at Culham on 10th October with a train to Worcester;
climbing from Pilning and near Shrivenham on 10th Novemeber;
at Lyneham, near Shipston-under-Wychwood on 1st December.
|LNER A2 class pacific 60532 Blue Peter:
at Appleford and Enslow on 2nd June, on her last tour in the south.
|LNER A3 class pacific 4472:
with the VSOE Pullmans approaching Culham and leaving Oxford on 6th September;
with the VSOE Pullmans at Cholsey station and on Hatton bank, 7th Novermber.
|SR rebuilt West Country class pacific 34016 Bodmin:
with The Classical Connection, climbing Saunterton bank, departing Princes Risborough, at Fenny Compton and near Radley on 8th September.
|LNER V2 class 2-6-2 60800 Green Arrow:
near Lower Heyford, at Culham, leaving Challow loop and passing Yarnton, on 15th Sept.
||LMS Coronation class pacific 6233 Duchess of Sutherland:
climbing Whiteball, Rattery and Hemerdon banks, and departing Exeter St Davids on 27th October;
crossing Harringworth viaduct, and climbing past Irchester, 8th December;
at Appleford, Hatton bank and Lea Marston lakes, 15th December.
|GWR 0-6-0 Pannier tanks 7760 & 9600:
leaving Shirley and crossing Milverton viaduct, 30th December.
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