Saturday 19 August 2023

Red Sky in the Morning….

Saturday morning at the colliery moments after sunrise, and the golden light is quite magnificent as we look across the railway yard observing today’s shunting locomotive. More frequently than not this is a diesel turn these days, with the locomotive starter key being mislaid as a ploy for extra overtime as the key is hunted down. 

But today former boxer Gaylord Grip and driver Peter Pecker with their trusty Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank are ready to take charge. And by the look of it, the little loco is steaming away quite nicely. However that dawn red sky could signal inclement weather ahead, if the old biblical tale of ’Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning’ rings true.


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