You may remember that, when I last wrote, Russell had recently disgraced itself by running dry during an MVR steam-up. Fortunately, once the new pressure gauge was fitted, test steaming revealed that no other damage had been done. As can be imagined, this was a very great relief for me! This meant that in January the engine was able to pay another visit to the Woodrow Light Railway, as seen below.
Russell's second outing this year was a return visit to the Little Corris Light Railway in June. We were blessed with one of the hottest days of the year; it would seem that the heat was too much for Russell's radio equipment, as it suddenly stopped working during its second running session! We also had to run without pony trucks, as I had stupidly forgotten to bring the correct 32mm gauge pair with me. Despite these minor niggles, a highly enjoyable afternoon was had; as on its previous visit in 2015, Russell looked right at home on our host's Vale of Rheidol Railway summer coaches. I am indebted to RH of the 16mm Association's Hampshire group for the pictures of Russell - it is quite difficult to get good pictures of one's own engine whilst driving it!