Welcome to part 3 of the Driving and Firing Experience offered by the Watercress Line. The afternoon was my opportunity to drive a steam engine – something that I’d wanted to do since I was a child!
Three of us were trainees that afternoon, guided by an excellent Watercress Line driver and fireman. This podcast starts as leave Alresford, for the second time, for the uphill climb to Ropley.
After reaching Ropley we went on a tour of the engineering sheds. The sheds enable the line to carry out work on the locomotives and carriages.
We then returned to Cheltenham for the final section, downhill, to Alresford. I was the driver for this last section but, as you will hear, I forgot about the ‘handbrake’. Silly of me as I’d spent ages putting it on!
You can learn from the driving instructions and from the informal conversations during the afternoon.
It was an amazing experience on a warm and sunny early autumn afternoon.
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