Steam at Thrupp

Not directly waterways related, in fact you would be hard pressed to find a connection, but I thought some readers might appreciate this image taken today not far from Thrupp Wharf on the Grand Union (Cosgrove). The Duchess of Sutherland, one of Stanier's Coronation class was hauling a Cathederal Express excursion from Rugby to London. I stood on the footbridge at the old Castlethorpe station (closed in 1964) and manage to peek over the parapet to get my shots - modern safety requirements make watching trains difficult.

Stanier Pacific 46233 going south through Castlethorpe, September 3rd, 2015

She arrived spot on time and was certainly showing a good head of steam on a downhill gradient.