We were only asked to haul this trip on Tuesday, because of a minor technical problem with the rostered locomotive, Tornado. As we were previously out on Saturday, which was rather wet, there was a lot to do. As well as cleaning and polishing the engine and support coach, there were also the smokebox and firebox to clean, which had to be done before lighting up on Wednesday afternoon.

Friday began cold and bright, and the fine weather continued throughout the day, with the temperature climbing to a pleasant level.

The tour started slowly, as it usually does, and signal checks meant that about a quarter of an hour were lost by Addlestone Junction. However, the sceduled pathing stop at this point allowed us to be more or less on time at Shalford for our water stop. After taking water and pulling coal forward, we were treated to a good climb of Gomshall, and some fast running when pathing conditions allowed.

Clan Line at Shere Heath - Photograph by Paul Blowfield

The train was associated with the film Paddington 2, so some of the clientele were rather younger than usual. One of the passengers looked very familiar...

A very familiar passenger - Photograph by David Oldham