The long-awaited return of rebuilt Bulleid West Country 4-6-2 No 34046 Braunton to the main line came a step nearer this week when it was announced that she would fill the steam diagram on the East Lancashire Railway on April 27 and 28. She has been in the Riley works since the turn of the year for attention to various issues, whilst her planned main line work has been repeatedly reassigned. She ran with the Mk 2 air-braked set, presumably to test her air braking.
It seemed like a good day for a round trip behind her, and she ran powerfully and apparently faultlessly throughout. Let's hope she is soon on the Big Railway.
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures