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Steam 2001 part 3
September to December
Created 1st December 2001.

From 24th to 28th September the
Severn Coast Express ran from Bristol to Newport and return via Gloucester behind
5029 Nunney Castle. It is seen, left, on the 26th at Dursley on the outward run (top three pictures) and then between Purton and Gatcombe on the outward and return runs.
On the right it is seen on the 28th at Standish Junction (top four pictures) and Purton (next 5 pictures) during the outward run.
Pictures taken on the return were five each at Severn Tunnel Junction and leaving Wickwar tunnel.

On 3rd October I went to Virginia Water in the hope of seeing the VSOE and the ECS for The Cathedrals Express, both due between 9 am and 10 am. I expected the ECS first, from the Ascot direction and had set up for that, almost ignoring a diesel coming up from Chertsey sometime after 10 am. This turned out to be the Cathedrals Express ECS with 35005 Canadian Pacific bringing up the rear (top, left). As it disappeared towards Egham in a cloud of smoke about a mile away the smoke changed to a whiter colour and
4472 Flying Scotsman loomed out of it with the VSOE pullman to Bath and Bristol.
I wonder, did anyone get a shot of the two passing near Egham?

Its Saturday 6th October and once again 5029 Nunney Castle is in charge of
The Elgar Explorer as it approaches Reading on the outward run.

On Tuesday 9th October 4472 Flying Scotsman was again in action with the VSOE pullman, this time from Victoria to Stratford upon Avon and return. It is seen approaching Reading on the outward journey.

The next day 35005 Canadian Pacific took The Cathedrals Express to Chichester and returned via Basingstoke where it stopped for water. This provided an opportunity to photograph it at night and the results can be seen on the left.

On Saturday 20th October 5051 Earl Bathurst carried out a loaded test run with The Merchant Venturer. It was photographed at Woodborough where it stopped for water in the late afternoon.

It was 1st December when I next saw steam in action. Nunney Castle has undergone an identity change for the Elgar explorer and is running as 7005 Sir Edward Elgar as it negotiates a succession of adverse signals on the approach to Reading in the morning.

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