No 7903 Foremarke Hall & No 4936 Kinlet Hall double-head ‘The Cornishman’ into Winchcombe station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 15th May 2005 Click on the picture to view Video. Sorry about the quality, but it was taken on my digital stills camera
All fuelled up, 7903 is pulled by the diesel shunter up the Swindon & Cricklade Railway track to the Hayes Knoll running shed for Colin Henderson the Cornhill Insurance boiler inspector to make his final checks. The close-up of the wheels turning shows them moving under their own power for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Foremarke Hall returning to its home in Hayes Knoll depot. Attached to its tender you see our member Barry Staddon’s GWR Toad with several ecstatic members riding for the first time
John Cruxon our Locomotive Manager, assisted by experienced ex BR steam driver Den Kelly & Fireman Paul Tomes, takes Foremarke Hall on her first running-in trips on the S & C R tracks.
City of Truro hauls the new tender out of Toddington towards Winchcombe for it to be painted and lined out in the Carriage Restoration shed.
Here is our video of what was a very auspicious occasion for us. It was the day we put a fire in the firebox with intent to move our locomotive under its own steam for the first time since its withdrawal from BR service in 1964 We see the first load of coal being loaded into the tender