4965 & 5043 Sapperton 20 February 2010

A 'Hall' & 'Castle' tackle the notorious Sapperton Bank in fine style on 20 February 2010. 4-6-0s 4965 Rood Ashton Hall & 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe storm up the final 1 in 60 section of the gradient  with the Vintage Trains 1Z43 08:05 Tyseley to Didcot 'Great Western Incursion' railtour. A cold morning, with virtually no wind, a sunny location on the steepest part of the bank - what could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all for once, and the sight and sound was truly spectacular. However, as can be seen from the dark trees on the extreme right, the clouds were starting to build and very shortly the chance of any sun would be disappearing rapidly.