The Duke of Gloucester eases under the bridge and onto ESR Metals for the first time.  THis is the first use of the Network Rail Connection for a passenger carrying train for nearly two years! The `Duke` enters the platform Duke of Gloucester passes through Cranmore platform. The length of the train means that the loco is off the end of the platform by 3 coach lengths. The loco pictured smokebox first The loco was coaled from a road lorry on arrival.  The support crew are getting ready The Hi-Ab Crane lifts coal bags into the tender for unloading The train came complete with a Class 37 diesel (37248) in case of emergency and to assist up Wanstrow Bank if necessary.  Once coaled, the loco detached and the Class 37 shunted the stock into Cranmore Loop.  It is pictured here passing the down starter, working wrong line. The set passes the Signal Box before coming to a stand in advance of the east loop point. The `Duke` and Support Coach headed to Merehead Quarry for turning before returning to Cranmore and propelling its support coach to the Depot for Servicing.  ESR Pilotman Steve Masters accompanies the regular crew Taken from the cab of PBA 39, on shunting duties for the day, the `Duke` and support coach having been turned on the quarry triangle head towards the depot The loco and support coach on the ESR mainline passing the shed A very atmospheric shot!  The Duke of Gloucester in Cranmore Shed, with its roof partially reinstated The loco sits over the pit whilst she is serviced ready for the return journey Little and Large but both titled!  The Duke of Gloucester meets Lord Fisher Another shot of the `Duke` in the shed The Duke of Gloucester sits outside the shed under the water column The Class 37 sits at the head of its train in the loop at Cranmore In a few years time...  Recently passed out Fireman Barney Casey tries the Duke`s driving seat for size In a cloud of steam, the railtour departs Cranmore bound for London Victoria Crossing over the loop point The closing shot