Railways Illustrated

50049 Defiance rounds the horseshoe on March 6, 2005.

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After spending many days chasing the Class

50s down south, I wasn’t missing out on the opportunit­y of photograph­ing them in the Highlands.

It was a weekend when the weather gods threw everything at us. We had hail, torrential showers, bright sunshine, and even a rainbow. It really was nail-biting stuff as the tour crept around the horseshoe between Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum. I felt sure that the sun would be lost to cloud, so I was unbelievab­ly thankful that the light remained with me as 50049 Defiance clattered towards me, working 1Z24 Fort William to Dalmuir on March 6, 2005, with the Pathfinder­s ‘Monarch of the Glen’ charter.

I didn’t know whether to be more relieved or more thrilled, before taking the long hike back to the car.

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