The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

This was rather unexpected: travelling to Cardiff Central to get a train back to London last week,  I came across the sight of two gleaming steam engines ready to pull a train out of the station.

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

Powered by a B1 62306 Mayflower and Black 5 44871, the train was the Steam Dreams Excursion from London Paddington to Cardiff via Gloucester and return, and was organised by The West Coast Railway Company.

Here’s some photos:

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

The unexpected joy of finding two steam engines at Cardiff Central station, Thurs 1st Aug 2019

A short video of the train departing Cardiff Central.

Steam fan Robert Masterman captured the train action: