When we got back to Ravenglass we dived into the gift shop where my first acquisition was a Ravenglass and Eskdale DVD. Then I saw this amazing pottery train thingy:
9 inch pottery train model
I sneaked a peak at the bottom to see the price and promptly, very carefully, put it down. 200 pounds or $375. This guy caught my eye:
My wife’s, “And what are you going to do with that?” caused me to, reluctantly, relinquish him.
So we went back to the car and started up ready to troll off to Manchester to see relatives there and have chips and fish – hake being the choice of fish. Just as we were about to pull out a gigantic lorry pulled into the parking lot with a steam engine loaded on the back.
Lorry with steam engine on board
How many times in my life was I going to see a steam engine being unloaded from a lorry? So, after a few minutes of cajoling, bribing and pleading wife Sarah agreed that I could watch them unload.
The first item off of the lorry was a boiler which had just been re-tubed. The new boiler was to be fitted into the engine that had just pulled us from Dalegarth. This meant that the Ravenglass and Eskdale would be down to a bare bones number of locos for daily operation and the busy season started in a week or so. Hence the decision to borrow a loco from the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
Slowly, carefully up
Ever so gently down and off to the engine house
Next off was the tender …….
Tender being wiggled onto the tracks
Next came the really tricky part. The loco weighed a tad over five tons and the crane was rated for five tons when the boom was fully extended. So, lifting her up was ok …..
Lifting her up
Swung up off the lorry and over the fence
We were collectively holding our breath whilst watching the boom at this point.
With the boom fully extended up over the wall and the path beside the rails she is gently placed on the track
The lorry driver and everyone about (except my wife who sat oblivious knitting in the car) uttered a VERY audible sigh of relief when the thumbs up sign came from the track crew that it was mission accomplished.
I got back in the car and wife Sarah said, “What was so special about that?”
Sometimes it is better to remain silent.