5043 Chilson 17 September 2011

Castle Class 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe battles through the pouring rain at Chilson on 17 September 2011 with the Vintage Trains Ltd 1Z97 06:30 Tyseley to Paddington 'Cathedrals Express' railtour. This is the first steam train to traverse the Cotswold Line since the recent reinstatement of double track. I had specifically chosen this location, as if the sun had been out the angle would have been perfect! Typically it was sunny whilst driving to Chilson and again on the way home. Ironically this was the only significant rain of the day, and it certainly was significant! Even though I was shielding the camera from the rain until the very last moment, the filter on the front of the lens was totally covered with spots afterwards.