Is their room for a turntable at Cheltenham ? The engine looks better facing the track and it must be easier to drive
Not really. The approach to the station from Winchcombe is on an embankment whilst the station itself and beyond are in a cutting. I believe Racecourse station was only ever a two platforms either side of the running tracks without the siding space that Toddington/Winchcombe have.
If you have a turntable at one end, you need one at the other.it is not very practical to turn the engine with every departure.I took the picture because I liked the large and powerful look of the loco running tender first, with the evening sky behind it. All part of steam !
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