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Saturday, 9 November 2013

A Salute to Derek

Sitting in the roof room about 5 this evening reading the newspaper and considering myself lucky not to be outdoors on a foul night I heard the unmistakable sound of a steam whistle.   Not just a quick toot but a whole series of long blasts.   I shot up and looked towards the line as the noise got louder and louder.

I was just in time to see Galatea hurtling through Settle and to enjoy the sound of a 'proper' train.   It was crew-man Martyn Soames giving it everything in glorious tribute to his father Derek, laid to rest in Settle churchyard on Monday.

See for video of Galatea earlier in the day.   Sound on - and listen to that whistle.

Well, I and most of Settle must have heard it.   Some will have known what this feast of sound was all about.  It was a grateful son's magical tribute to his late, great, father.

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