After a very strange few months of weather which at times looked and felt more like early summer than the depths of winter, I was beginning to get a bit despondent, after all, this should be the peak season for Crap Weather Photographers like me. Feeling somewhat ashamed after having to take photos in the sunshine the previous week, I decided that something drastic needed to be done to restore my reputation once again. Thankfully the first weekend in March did look more like what you would expect in East Lancashire at this time of the year e.g. 'grey, wet and very miserable!'. Now I'm sure the folks at the Met Office will tell you that it was down to the arrival of Storm Freya, but don't you believe it, the real reason was because I'd discovered a film showing a Navajo Rain Dance on YouTube and had been doing it all week. Admittedly I did get a few strange looks from the neighbours for doing it in the front garden (though they're used to my slightly eccentric ways by now), but perhaps I did go a bit over the top doing it in a loin cloth and war paint, which I have to admit is not a great look for someone of my age. At any rate it did work, and it has rained for two days solid so far, so I will have to start doing this every week now, though I'll do it indoors and fully clothed in the future I think!:-D
Locos running on this wet and gloomy day were spamcan 'City of Wells' on the steam service, Class 50 50015 'Valiant' on the diesel service, and 0-6-0 Austerity 2890 'Douglas' on the Dining Train.
Another visit on Sunday 17th of March, mainly to see the Standard 2 78018, which is staying till the end of the month and was hauling the steam service that day. The diesel service was pulled by Class 45 45108, and the Dining Service by converted Hunslet Tank engine 2890.