Hailstorm at Beckfoot!

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Thu, 06 May 2021 - 03:16
Wet platform at Beckfoot 5 May 2021
Wet platform at Beckfoot 5 May 2021

Miserable May weather produced a freak hailstorm at Beckfoot on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

The service operated as normal but both mining locos Nos 5 and 6 were employed to bank the 15:00 ex-Beckfoot passenger train up the 1 in 14 of Greenbanks bank.

Dealing with wet rail surfaces has been an enduring problem on the SdR and now that there are two fairly powerful battery electric mining locomotives in service it has been decided to use both locos on a regular basis.

One banker is required on Swainson's bank whilst two will be deployed on Greenbanks bank.

Hailstones at Beckfoot shed 5 May 2021
Hailstones at Beckfoot shed 5 May 2021