Sunday, 25 September 2011
At Shildon to see Hogwarts and Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone Railway 85 of 1954 is nowadays a Welshpool and Llanfair engine but for the Shildon Steam Gala she appeared in County Durham (arrived April 2011 for a five year loan as boiler ticket expired). Here she is outside Locomotion on 24th September 2011 and her simple good looks allied to the "something different" appeal was bound to interest. So did seeing Hogwarts Castle/Olton Hall in steam and reflecting how that mixed identity has caused model manufacturers no end of conumdrums. It was a great show and Anthony Coulls who took time out for a brief word had done a really good job.