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Tornado to Cardiff on 10th December 2019

Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:42 pm
by Geoffers
True story about my trip to Narroways Hill Junction, near Ashley Hill, to film Tornado on its way to Cardiff today. Conditions were, as expected, poor, with occasional rain and strong winds. There was only one other punter waiting.

I was able to track it thanks to Real Time Trains, and I knew it was slightly late at Bath and arrived at North Somerset Junction, just outside BTM about 11 minutes late.

I waited, and waited, and waited. Then I waited some more. Real Time Trains said it was still at NSJ, which wasn't a total surprise as they often have to wait there, especially if they are late and miss a slot.

I continued to wait and it was soon half-an-hour late. Occasionally I thought I could glimpse steam on the horizon, which I suppose is possible because of my location and the closeness of NSJ, but still nothing. I couldn't find any news on the usual websites, but decided to stick it out.

After an hour, the other punter gave up. After an hour and a half I was thinking of following suit, since my feet were wet, my hands were cold and it was blowing a gale. I gave it another ten minutes and after a final check on the horizon and on-line, I made my way to Muller Road for a bus and some dryness. In any case, I thought Tornado had probably broken down and wouldn't be continuing to Cardiff.

Sure enough, two minutes later, Tornado came through, all guns blazing, with me safely hidden from it behind the houses in Stottbury Road. As I reached Muller Road, the steam was still hanging over the bridge across it, so I can *almost* claim to have seen it! :)

Not sure what the moral of this story is -- maybe never give up?

Re: Tornado to Cardiff on 10th December 2019

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:20 am
by the green mile
Maybe that 'nothing in life is predictable' - especially when it comes to railways!

Merry Xmas and thanks for posting your photos.

Roy