Some time ago, Nick Thompson one of the directors from Southern Locomotives Ltd (SLL) invited me to Herston Works at Swanage to assist with the restoration of their locomotives. SLL own five Bulleid Pacifics and a BR Standard Tank. Restoration is primarily undertaken at Herston Works adjacent to, but not rail connected, to the Swanage Railway. The Swanage Railway also use the facility to carry out overhauls on locomotives. Herston Works […]
Railway blog about heritage railway including steam and diesel locomotives. Other subjects include today's railways and model railway.
Reviews of heritage railways in the UK.
Biographical recounts of journeys taken in the 1970's and 1980's.
A railwayman's thoughts on today's modern railways.
Detail from my model railway.
Barton Under Needwood Steam Rally and Family Festival – 15th & 16th July 2017 This year’s event will take place on 15th and 16th July at Needwood Rise Farm DE13 8AP, near Barton Under Needwood just a few minutes off the A38. The nearest town is Burton-on-Trent. Steam Vehicles See a variety of large steam […]
I had been interested railways since I was frightened by an A4 Pacific as it stormed through the old Stevenage station from the North. I was a small child sitting in my pushchair on the Up platform. We were probably travelling to London to visit relatives. I also had an interest in engineering although, as […]
I have travelled on the railways of East Anglia many times over the years. In the early 1970s, British Rail Eastern Region marketed the East Anglian Ranger Ticket. This gave seven days unlimited travel throughout Norfolk and Suffolk although on weekdays it wasn’t valid until after 8:45am. Railway Tickets In 1971, as the leaflet indicates, it cost just 75 pence for children. The following year during the school […]
The National Rail Conditions of Travel sets out passengers’ rights and responsibilities when traveling on rail services provided by franchised train companies. The vast majority of people who purchase rail tickets are unaware of these conditions. Rail tickets are endorsed subject to National Rail Conditions of Travel. In this particular blog I want to focus […]
The final heritage railway visited on the Somerset and Dorset working volunteers’ weekend was the Epping Ongar Railway on Sunday 23rd April 2017. History of the Epping and Ongar Railway The Great Eastern Railway built the branch from Loughton Junction to Ongar and it opened in 1865. Before World War II, plans existed for London […]
During my weekend away with working volunteers from the Somerset and Dorset at Midsomer Norton, we visited the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford. 60163 Tornado The star attraction was the 100mph A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado which was on a short visit. It is truly a magnificent piece of engineering and is a credit to all involved in its construction and maintenance. As […]
On the 24th April 1957, some railway enthusiasts held an informal meeting in the Midland Hotel just opposite Bath Green Park station. Founding members included famous Somerset and Dorset photographers Ivo Peters and Alan Newman. The object was to form a society ‘……to further the interest in railways generally, and to seek out other persons interested in the subject in […]
Last month, I visited the Somerset and Dorset Railway Shillingstone Project. The team have restored this Somerset & Dorset Railway station and aim to re-lay track and sidings. I was shown around by one of the Trustee’s and Carriage & Wagon Manager Ian Harrington. We include a visit to the signal box with it’s heritage […]
You may have already read my blog about a visit to the North Norfolk railway with a group of working volunteers from the Somerset and Dorset. On our second day away, we went to the Mid Norfolk Railway. This was my first visit to this line which operates between Dereham and Wymondham Abbey station. BR closed the line […]