Driving and Firing Experience pt. 1 – WC Ep. 9

Welcome to this podcast about the Driving and Firing Experience offered by  the Watercress Line. This was my opportunity to do something that I’d wanted to do since I was a child!

Drive a steam engine!!

There were three trainees that afternoon, guided by an excellent Watercress Line driver and fireman. I drew the short straw and had to ‘fire’ the loco in preparation for our uphill journey to Ropley and Medstead/Four Marks. The others seemed to have a much easier job!

This episode takes you from our arrival at Alresford to starting off, up the hill towards Ropley.

It was a lovely early autumn afternoon – lots of sunshine. Maybe too warm for shovelling coal ….

If you’d like to do the Firing and Driving Experience click here. Its a wonderful three hour experience.

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The theme and incidental music Steam Railway used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

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Author: Tim D

In the early 1970s Mr Timothy & his Phonograph was a popular mobile disco around Leeds University and Tim was known as MrT. Tim also spent 9 years broadcasting a weekly programme on Hospital Radio in Wakefield. He worked for more than 40 years for large industrial organisations and spent his last 15 years in global commercial management roles. Following retirement he started making podcasts in 2017.