I’d been meaning top visit this location for a while but a photograph of an empty bridge or with a modern diesel engine crossing it didn’t fill me with much excitement. On 9th September 2019 I got a tip off from t=my neighbour that a steam engine, the Sherwood Forrester 45231 was visiting Carmarthen later that day. After a quick Google I established that it would be stopping at the Cynchordy station at around 16h50 and crossing the Cynghordy Viaduct at around 17h00.
Being September it meant that the sun would be quite low in the sky at this time and if the conditions were right I could expect some warm late afternoon light cast across the hills and viaduct.
As it turned out, I was not the only photographer with this idea and on arrival I joined a number of photographers sat on the hillside in a farmers field waiting for the train. At 17h00 on the dot, the Sherwood Forrester 45231 cross the viaduct, whistle blowing. Then, just like that, it was gone.