60103 Compton Beauchamp 8 June 2016

A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman passes Compton Beauchamp on 8 June 2016 with the Steam Dreams 1Z72 09:40 Holyhead to Paddington 'Cambrian Coast Express' railtour. Of course the 'Cathedrals Express' headboard that it is carrying is actually more appropriate to this end of the route! Flying Scotsman had taken over from LMS Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 46115 Scots Guardsman at Crewe. Unfortunately this passed just after the sun had dropped into a large bank of cloud approaching from the west, but at least it was now running a few minutes early, rather than the 40 minutes late which it had been earlier in the journey. 47580 County of Essex can just be seen on the rear of the train. Considering the mass hysteria that seemed to follow this loco's return to the mainline earlier in the year, I was surprised that there were only a few photographers at this location, plus a few locals who didn't even know it was coming.