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Sunday, February 22, 2009
a 9F on the S&D
This is 9F Morning Star at Shillingstone (18.2.2009).
Progress is already being made on this monster - a new cab has been built and it's generally looking a lot better when I last saw it a few years ago.
The 9F is definitely a commitment to a new S&D. Rumours are that although the hulk was able to be brought in by road, that option will simply not be available when it is fully restored. The only way it will visit anywhere is (at least partly!) by rail. Obviously this doesn't presume a fully restored S&D, but it will require that Shillingstone extend to a point where bridge weight restrictions will no longer apply. In any case a big loco like this deserves a good ten miles of S&D to justify its presence - but the more sanguine amongst us will already wish it to run down to Bournemouth and up through Masbury and Midsomer Norton to Bath!