Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Shakespeare Express

I have to admit there is nothing quite so impressive and romantic as a steam train. One of my all time favourite films is The Railway Children and I defy anybody not to cry at the end of the film when Bobbie runs along the station platform into her father's arms as he emerges from the steam as the train pulls away.  So on Sunday morning I felt really lucky as my train pulled into Snow Hill Station while on my way to work to have a brief encounter with  The Shakespeare Express  waiting to depart on its journey from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Running the risk of being late for work but never one to miss a photo opportunity I felt I just had to stop to watch and capture the scene. I felt quite in awe of the huge steam engine complete with its cargo of coal and engine driver looking not unlike dear Mr Perks (Bernard Cribbins) the station master from TRC complete with cloth cap, neckerchief and watch chain.

Here are some of the photos I took before the lady vanishes. 

"Oh Mr Porter, what shall I do?" I said to the rail official on the platform, I am going to be so late for work but as luck would have it he said the train was about to depart. So here then for Railway Children fans and rail enthusiasts everywhere is 4965 Rood Ashton Hall engine as she majestically chugs out of Snow Hill en route to Stratford-upon-Avon.  I wanted to go to Birmingham and so glad I did otherwise I would never have seen The Shakespeare Express.