Repeat visit of steam engine Braunton

My guess that the station would not be busy on a damp day turned out to be correct. The steam train’s timetable coincided with a service train’s arrival at the station. The train had been painted to commemorate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in 2018. It arrived a few minutes before the steam-drawn excursion passed slowly through the station without stopping.

Train on left in RAF livery with tall lamp post behind it.Front of Steam train with clouds of dark grey smoke, people taking photographs on platform, station furniture and building.
Two trains – One in RAF commemorative livery and Braunton, 34046
Photo of part of the side of the engine with name-plate reading 'BRAUNTON, WEST COUNTRY CLASS'
Braunton name plate on moving train
Steam engine, tender and part of front coach. Man in orange high visibility jacket (and his reflection on the tender), man in blue overalls and hat leaning out from footplate
Exchange of tokens

The engines at the front and back of the long train were exactly the same ones as in my earlier post. Roger Hosking was a collector of postmarks from mail handled on ships and trains.

Part of deisiel engine in two shades of green. Name plate reads 'Roger Hosking MA 1925-2013
Deisel engine, Roger Hosking MA

Steam train Braunton

Earlier this month a steam train was scheduled to take an excursion from Saphos trains along the Cumbria Coastal Railway. The best local place for photography is probably the station as all trains stop there if only briefly. However it can be very busy and everyone wants a good spot, so I decided to snap it on its way into the station.

As I arrived at my vantage point with a view of a fairly long stretch of the line, I disturbed a rabbit and a heron. Both creatures were far quicker than the time taken to switch on my camera and point it in the right direction!

The track slopes down to the station so that trains can coast along at a reasonable speed. No puffs of smoke as there are beyond the station when it sets off again. The diesel engine in case of need had the name Roger Hosking MA, although it is not legible on my photos.

Train in top third of picture, field in foreground, wooded hills beyond
Here it comes!
Front of Braunton
The tender of Braunton 34046
The end of the long train with Deisel loco, Roger Hosking MA

Up and down Black Combe

The weather forecast for the North West of England was for heavy rain, but we had arranged to meet a younger member of our family to climb a hill we had only ever seen in the distance.

Black Combe has appeared in many of my photos (including the one below) as a distant recognisable fell. It usually looks dark against the sky.

Black Combe in the far distance
Will it rain?
Looking North

There were ominous clouds as we set out. We decided to eat our picnic lunch early rather than risk waiting until it rained.

We reached the summit in mist or low cloud. My photos from there are not worth the storage space on my blog!

Surprisingly on the way down the weather improved. We enjoyed views including the Isle of Man and the offshore windfarm.

Blue sky to the west
On the way down
Looking back to the summit
The coastal plain and view towards Barrow-in-Furness

These photos from our walk show the changeable weather. It was very cold in the low cloud and became rather warm later in the afternoon. Fortunately we were suitably equipped for the weather.