British Railways (Ex-LMS) Black 5 4-6-0 No. 44801 (Actually 44806 renumbered) approaches Carrog on April 21, 2009.
A slightly different Tuesday Train post of sorts. Today is April 22, 2020, on April 22, 2009 at the Llangollen Railway for the 6880 Betton Grange Society‘s fundraising “Steam Steel and Stars 2” Gala, I got both a footplate ride, and a chance to briefly drive a steam locomotive under supervision. This is still, one of the best days of my time visiting or being involved in any railroad events or organizations, and has only made me want to do a full footplate experience day driving and firing a steam locomotive in the UK. In the current 2020 world of basically being in lockdown, looking back 11 years is helping me be hopeful for all the things we’ll be able to do after we get past the Covid crisis and life resumes.