Well, folks, that’s another Gala completed. I know we called it the Stoke Steam Special in a brave attempt to avoid using the G word, but it rather failed the Duck Test. It looked like a Gala, and it felt like a Gala – so it’s a Gala. The rather dire weather forecast meant that the crowds were somewhat absent on Sunday, but we still saw plenty of people, and the plenty of people saw plenty of trains. Many of the vintage diesels had outings on the main line – in some cases hauling their first trains for donkey’s years. The promised downpour did not materialise until just after 3pm, at which point the traincrew were heard asking if anyone knew a Noah. So, we had most of the day not wet, and you can’t really ask for much more. This weekend, of course, marks the official launch of the run up to the Tracks to the Trenches event of Setember 2014 – and that REALLY WILL be a full-on Gala. Once feet stop aching, we’ll start looking forward to it! In the meantime, just to show that the MRT is a gennuine and serious organisation, I can reveal that original scientific research has established that dead wasps are less dense than diesel engine oil. The Nobel prize is as good as ours. Anyone got a street map of Stockholm?