With the recent 50th anniversary of the end of steam traction on British Rail Southern Region the railwayblogger is delighted to bring you a guest post by Simon Shutt from the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society. Over to Simon: Doesn’t it seem like a crime that the only UK steam locomotive to bear the word ‘steam’ […]
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 […]
A group of us working volunteers from the Somerset Dorset at Midsomer Norton decided to organize a weekend away. We would visit a number of railways in the Eastern Counties. The first visit was on Friday 21st April to the North Norfolk Railway. I hadn’t been to this heritage railway since the early 1970s although […]
I mentioned in another one of my blogs about going on holiday by train when I was a child. Trains are still a big part of our family today. Last Summer, we had a walking holiday with HF holidays at Selworthy near Minehead. My wife suggested that we travel there by train alighting from the mainline […]
The railwayblogger is delighted to bring you a guest post by Nick Thompson a director and volunteer of Southern Locomotives Limited. Nick grew up in the 1950s and 60s in Woking and his dad worked on the railway as the fire protection officer for this part of the system and steam locomotives were always the bane of his […]
The railwayblogger is delighted to bring you this guest post by Michael Abbott who is a volunteer with the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust 60163 Tornado. Hello, my name is Michael and I am aged 19 and live in Bristol. I am one of many fortunate people who suffers from the incurable “Railway enthusiast disease”.Please don’t try […]
Do you agree with my list of top ten steam locomotives? Some locos have held a special place in my heart over the years. I’d like to know what your favourite is and whether it’s on my list or not?