This years final rail activity was also not set to be a dry day. I had been aware for some days that the weather forecast for Monday 23rd December was, at best, 'appalling' and had even wondered the night before if UK Railtours 'Salisbury at Christmas' trip would run at all.
|34046 'Braunton' makes at fine sight at London Waterloo.|
|The magical Salisbury Cathedral at Christmas.|
In Salisbury we sought refuge in the cities magnificent 13th century Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in the UK.
|The storm is lashing down at the train prepares to depart Salisbury.|
Steady progress continued following our stop at Eastleigh where we disembarked the train to watch the locomotive take on water, and to find our clothes drenched yet again. At Woking however the next obstacle became apparent- a tree on the line at Chertsey was blocking our booked route. Our pause was brief however as we soon commenced a magical mystery tour of south London continuing off booked route up the SWML to Wimbledon and then by way of Tooting, Tulse Hill, Herne Hill and Wandsworth Road to finish our journey at Victoria.
Despite everything the weather had thrown at us we had made it to our destination, and only minutes away from our booked time! Time to get some dinner and dry out!
Credit should go to UK Railtours, DB Schenker and all others involved for running another excellent trip and delivering exactly what was promised despite some challenging conditions.
|We made it! And here's to another fun year of railways in 2014!|