Whenever we travel back to the UK I always have a list of things to do and eat. Once we land and make our way to Swanage we pop down to the water and I get my fish n chips. Clears the cobwebs. Nothing like the sea air to give you a second wind, or third or fourth, depending on how hard it is to stay awake.
Of course I always ask my FIL if it’s possible to have a footplate ride. I make sure I pack clothes that can get dirty and trainers that are on their last legs. Today I was able to have a ride on the 31806 and it was fabulous! The weather was amazing, which is good as this one is an open cab. Must be miserable in the rain but I didn’t have to worry about that!
Loco Yard had done a post about this particular loco a few years ago. Originally it was a K class and rebuilt into a U class in 1928. It’s home is now at the Swanage Railway. I have to say I really enjoyed this loco. I love how the little kids get so excited when they see it coming. Well, and the big kids to. I felt I should have worked on my royal wave with all the waving going on!
Here are some pictures and videos to share with you.