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Thursday 21st February 2019 saw GWR Castle Class No. 7029 Clun Castle on her loaded test runs from Tyseley Steam Trust to Stratford Upon Avon, Stratford Upon Avon to Small Heath Lafarge Aggr, Small Heath Lafarge to Stratford Upon Avon & Stratford Upon Avon to Tyseley Steam Trust.
This day saw the Castle head through places such as Tyseley, Whitlocks End, Wood End, Henley in Arden, Wilmcote, Lapworth, Dorridge and Solihull.
Tuesday 19th & Thursday 21st February would be the first time Clun Castle has been on mainline metals since 1988 after 31 years absence.
With Clun Castle now being back on the mainline, Vintage Trains have now announced their 2019 tours where Clun Castle will tour many places around the country. Her first tour being a nighttime charter to Worcester Shrub Hill on Thursday 28th February 2019
RailView filmed Clun Castle on the 1st loaded test run at Whitlocks End, Warwickshire, passing through with an unexpected stop due to a red signal, 3 minutes early at 10:56 and departing 3 minutes early at 10:58. Lapworth, Warwickshire passing through 1 minute late at 13:19. Solihull, Warwickshire, passing through 2 minutes early. The 2nd loaded test run was filmed at Wood End, Warwickshire, passing through 2 minutes late at 15:10. Widney Manor, Warwickshire passing through 3 minutes late at 17:13 & once again at Solihull, Warwickshire passing through 2 minutes late at 17:14.
Here are some photos of our trip:
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