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Main Line Annual 2001

Programme number: MLA2001
Running time: 43 minutes approx.
Available on Steam Age Pictures Volume 1

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.

What, Where and When

Click the thumbnails to see a larger (quarter-frame) version; all are JPEG files, between about 20 and 35 kB.
Halls at Fenny Compton 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.
Clan Line at Wilton SR rebuilt Merchant Navy class pacific, 35028 Clan Line:
    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.
Nunney Castle at Lyneham 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.
Blue Peter at Enslow LNER A2 class pacific 60532 Blue Peter:
    at Appleford and Enslow on 2nd June, on her last tour in the south.
Flying Scotsman at Cholsey 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.
Bodmin at Fenny Compton 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.
Green Arrow near Uffington LNER V2 class 2-6-2 60800 Green Arrow:
    near Lower Heyford, at Culham, leaving Challow loop and passing Yarnton, on 15th Sept.
Duchess of Sutherland on Whiteball
Duchess of Sutherland climbing Rattery
Duchess of Sutherland at Appleford
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.
Pannier tanks, Milverton GWR 0-6-0 Pannier tanks 7760 & 9600:
    leaving Shirley and crossing Milverton viaduct, 30th December.

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