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As our charter in November 2018 did not get full sun by any means, we have been offered another opportunity to run with the mixed train. With grateful thanks to the staff of the Vale of Rheidol Railway, we are delighted to be able to offer another charter using No.7 in its new guise with more authentic appearance with the air pumps carefully disguised and no longer visible.
We will run with a mixed train formation and, while this costs more money to marshal the stock and to run, a mixed gives us the opportunity to photograph an authentic train formation that is different from those passenger services regularly seen on the line.
This is part of five days of charters which David is running at the Corris Railway (17/03/2019) and the Talyllyn Railway (18,19,20/03/2019).
No.7 was built at Swindon in 1923 along with its sister locomotive No.8, with No.9 following in 1924 [though it was kept a closely-guarded secret from the GWR accounts department that the locomotive ostensibly overhauled and running as 1213 was, in fact, a brand new loco that would later appear as No.9. When the locomotives were named in the mid-1950s by British Railways Western Region, No.7 became Owain Glyndwr. It was the first of the engines to be oil-fired in 1978, a process which has now been revised as the Railway’s steam fleet gradually reverts to coal firing, with No.7 back in traffic for the first time since the 1990s.
Our train formation for the day will consist of No.7 hauling two GWR-liveried closed coaches followed by two open wagons, plus the sheep wagon and the recently-repainted van. This will give a formation that is prototypical of those that would have run during the earlier days of GWR ownership. We will have full use of the line and start as early as possible to make the best use of the available light at that time of year. The light should be getting into all of the prime photo locations and this will present the ideal opportunity to photograph a genuine mixed train with a loco looking its Great Western best in Springtime.