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.