Just got back from an excellent day out. The sunshine really made the day, and the line between Kidsgrove and Cheadle Hulme is very scenic, and there are some surprisingly lofty viaducts. It is a shame little steam heads that way! I know of nothing that has done the new formation towards Stoke, although 60163 was advertised to do it for 'The Illuminati' of 2019 - think engineering work or lack of a path scuppered it. Equally, I still don't know if a steam special had passed over the Ordsall Chord before - I think an ECS move has, but I can't think of a tour carrying passengers going that way. The Duchess did well, and was in good voice when extended. What assistance there was seemed mainly to get the train up to speed, such as after Stafford, when I could see a haze from the rear of the train while rounding a curve. Nothing I'm complaining about, as its a case of keeping up with the modern railway. Thanks to all who made it happen. Regarding LSL's 27 April tour, for which 70000 is now the advertised motive power, I am keeping a watching brief, as it has the potential to mop up a bit more of the old NSR system. Reading LSL's write-up, it's not entirely clear which way it goes after Stoke. There are several ways of doing it from Stoke, ranging from: 1. Searchlight Lane - Stafford - Bescot - Galton Junction; 2. Colwich - Rugeley - Cannock - Bescot - Galton Junction; 3. Another 'tour de East Midlands' via Uttoxeter, Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coleshill, Bescot and Galton Junction. There are other permutations. I guess 3 (ironically the one I would be most interested in doing!) is far too ambitious for the time available, factoring in the return run from Crewe to Kidderminster as well as a return trip over the SVR with time to spend at Bridgnorth. As such, 1 or 2 seems the more likely, although 2 may be the more difficult, as no steam has passed through Cannock in recent years. Again, 60163 was advertised to do it on a 'Chester Chuffer', but it was still being repaired and 34046 ended up taking the direct route. I think I'll await developments on RTT before committing money!