Oliver Cromwell steams through March

Coming back from the council rubbish dump on Sunday, I wondered why so many people were gathered at the nearby level crossing.

It turned out that the preserved steam locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell was about to pass through.

It’s still very exciting to see – and feel – the raw power generated by these amazing machines. Environmental considerations apart, in their day they contributed a huge amount that was positive to British culture and lifestyles, over an extended period.

Whenever I see steam locos, my mind immediately goes back to the days when I used to watch my grandfather (“Grampy“) driving his huge engine out of Cardiff General Station, pulling a seemingly endless line of passenger wagons.




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Performance: Gaudete

This is a video of my livestream (Periscope) broadcast of Gaudete, the 16th century Christmas carol which was a hit for Steeleye Span in 1973.

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