48773 Spetchley 2 January 1999

8F 2-8-0 48773 makes a fine sight as it leaves Spetchley Loop after taking water whilst working the Past Time Rail 07:18 Paddington to Tyseley 'Midlander' railtour on 2 January 1999. The 8F worked the tour from Gloucester. The train arrived at Spetchley in good light, but I then had to wait while it clouded up and started raining, before eventually it left in miserable conditions. In view of the dire light it is lucky that it is only moving very slowly at this point.