Luncheon at our regular beach-front cafe was accompanied by the sound of vintage aircraft flying along the coast to an air display; I only hope they had more luck than our overcast sky.
All of us having retired back to my trackroom as stock boxes were being opened D6507 brought around a rake of fish vans from the storage loops; these not having been run for a few years. With a visiting set of blue /grey coaches it was nice to have an occasional change of rolling stock.
On the Up Line visiting 50 031 took 'first turn'.
During the week one forum thread had discussed ViTrain class 37 locomotives so one of those (37 156 'British Steel Hunterston') had been brought along to run.
In order to make a comparison 37 425 (a model I'd not seen before) also paid a visit. On one side the nameplates read 'Sir Robert McAlpine'; on the other 'Concrete Bob'.
Apple green 47 522 was another visitor, firstly on the blue /grey Mk2 /Mk1 rake......
... then later on a van train!
The ViTrains and Bachmann class 37s were posed next to each other...
...before the inevitable double-heading took place.
Without Ethel 3 (97 252) passengers might have suffered through lack of ETH /aircon with 37 425 hauling the blue/grey set.
No, the second picture wasn't staged - the now combined fish /van train was really passing by both times on the Down Line!
At the end of the session who could resist running visiting Ethel 3 on the combined fish /van train (some thirty plus wagons) not bad for a 'supposedly unpowered' ETH unit (former locomotive)!
It seems this model was specifically made in 2008 for a toyfair; being the only Ethel in this inter-city livery.
Not a huge selection today, but certainly an interesting one!