For the first weekend of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s 2015 operating season the weather was horrid. Nevertheless there were a good number of passengers and those I spoke to were enjoying the experience.
The rain limited the number of opportunities for taking photographs but here are a selection of weather and water related shots. To see a larger version of any picture just click on it.
Departing from Welshpool Raven Square station Countess is approaching the Advanced Starting Signal. The rain was coming in one side of the cab and going out the other.
On the reverse curves of the fearsome, 1 in 29 gradient (3.4%), Golfa Bank. Mile post 2 1/4 comes into sight. At least the heavy rain had washed any ‘slippery stuff’ off the rail head and we never had any adhesion problems at all.
Four Mile Oak and the ditch at the side of the railway line is carrying some very muddy looking water.
The River Banwy at The Kink.
The river is normally well below the ground that those trees are in.
Heading to Welshpool and climbing out of The Kink. The river is beginning to flood the field on the other side.
Passing Dolrhyd Mill. On this occasion the river was only about two feet (600mm) below the top of the wall.
A little further round Mill Curves. Those trees are doing a good job of keeping the fast moving water away from the railway embankment.
The remains of Dolrhyd Mill dam taken on a day when the river was in a gentler mood.
Dolrhyd Mill dam on Saturday afternoon (28th March)
The same spot at about 11:50 on Sunday morning (29th March)