The Help for Heroes bridge restoration project at
Bridge 99 on the Kennet & Avon canal has been completed and the
viewing platform over the canal is now available for public use. The
area has been used unofficially for many years by railway photographers
because of the grandstand view it provides of the railway as it climbs
up the valley through Crofton to Savernake Summit. The final touches
include a flight of steps providing safe access up the steep bank
to the viewing area and an interpretation panel describing the history
of the bridge. I was pleased to contribute a photograph of a passing
steam train to illustrate this facet of the site.
I was present at the site this morning and the cement was not yet
dry on the installation of the panel when the first steam train passed
by! And by coincidence it was the same British Pullman train as featured
on the panel, albeit with Tornado in charge rather than Clan Line.
So I took the opportunity to capture the moment – same train,
same photographer, same camera and lens three years later: