100% Steam… No More!

2014 Bluebell Railway - Horsted Keynes - Sentinel Rolls-RoyceThomas Hill 4-w Diesel-Hydraulic loco 10241 & Pullman FingallThe Bluebell Railway for many years (until 2006) took much pride in being the only 100% steam standard gauge railway in the UK.  However, as the picture of Sentinel Rolls-RoyceThomas Hill 4-w Diesel-Hydraulic loco 10241 at Horsted Keynes (complete with fluffy dice in the cab) goes to show, this is no longer the case!

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West Park Dairy tank wagon


This may be a “new” exhibit, but clearly it is an important one!

Originally posted on Market Lavington Museum:

Not all items in a museum are old and here is one that is brand new. Back in the 1930s West Park Dairy, based at West Park Farm in Market Lavington had six milk tanker wagons which ran milk from Wiltshire up to London on the Great Western Railway. We have featured a photo of one such wagon in the past. You can click here to read that page but as a reminder, here’s the same photo again.

West Park Dairy tank wagon of the 1930s

West Park Dairy tank wagon of the 1930s

Recently, Hornby produced an OO gauge version of this tank wagon – we’d like to think our blog was in part responsible for this model hitting the market. We have just been given one of the models.

Hornby model of a very similar wagon - 21st century

Hornby model of a very similar wagon – 21st century

And there it is, in its box and packaging – but we’d better take it out for…

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A Red Prairie

2014 Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2T Metropolitan Railway L.150 5521As part of the London Underground’s 150th celebration’s last year, prairie tank 5521 was painted in (albeit historical incorrect) Metropolitan lined red colours and numbered L.150.  Prairie tank’s were never owned or run by London Transport, which (to be fair) is something that has been made clear by all parties.  Continue reading


Bachmann celebrates 25 years and announces new models, including Birdcage stock in ‘N’


Some interesting new announcements from Bachmann, many thanks to Graham for announcing it so quickly!

Originally posted on grahammuz:

Today, 20/07/14,  Bachmann Europe celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with a trade event at their Leicestershire headquarters. Bachmann Europe was established in England during 1989. Initially its  Branchline product range consisted of models produced using the moulds of the old Palitoy ‘Mainline’ range. The Branchline range  has continued to grow and raise the standard for British outline ’00′ models.  Graham Farish was purchased by Bachmann Europe during the year 2000 and its production of British ‘N’ scale  models was also transferred to the factory of  Bachmann’s parent company Kader  in China.

Today at their celebration event they have announced the following:

Baldwin 009 loco (picture courtesy or Bachmann)

Baldwin 009 loco (picture courtesy or Bachmann)

Firstly a new venture with a foray into the narrow gauge 009 market. With a tie in to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1  they are to produce a Baldwin Class 10-12-D locomotive,  in four different…

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SECR C Class 592

2014 Bluebell Railway - Horsted Keynes - SECR C class 592 exchange tokensThis beautifully finished locomotive is no stranger to this blog!  All being well, the links to blog posts featuring this locomotive will appear automatically at the bottom of this post.  592 was built by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) in 1902 at Longhedge Works to a design by Chief Mechanical Engineer Harry Wainwright.  Once a member of a class of 109 locomotives, it is now the only survivor and a regular runner at the Bluebell Railway.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (aka Locoyard in the NRM)

Simon - Brookes Castle:

It was a year ago today that Mr and Mrs LocoYard visited the Great Gathering at York aka Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It was truly a once in a lifetime event for those lucky enough to attend.

Originally posted on Loco Yard:

2013 The Great Gathering - All 6 A4 pacifics

On the first day of the 75th Anniversary of Mallard breaking the world speed record for steam traction, my friends at UK Heritage Hub published some of the first pictures of “The Gathering” here on Locoyard which gave an excellent background (click here to read it) to why all six surviving Gresley A4 Pacific locomotives have come together in York.  Such a feat took a lot of hard work – two of the locomotives had to be shipped across from North America and be cosmetically restored.  By now you will have read a lot of detail about this incredible story, summed up best in UK Heritage Hub’s e-zine.  However, yesterday it was my turn to experience the spectacle first-hand…

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North East Land Air and Sea Museum

Over the past few days I visited the North East of England, and on Friday, I decided to visit the North East Land Air and Sea Museum (NELSAM). Apart from airplanes and war vehicles dating back to the Second World War,  the trams are the latest collection of vehicles that have arrived. All apart from one are from Blackpool and are now undercover in the new tram shed apart from two double deckers from Blackpool, known as the Balloons. Below are some pictures from my visit.


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Achenseebahn steam loco “Georg” (built 1889) at Jenbach, Austria; 28-06-14


One of a fantastic set of pictures, well worth checking out! Great stuff!

Originally posted on Dave Letcher Photography:

Achenseebahn locomotive "Georg" (built 1889) at Jenbach, Austria; 28-06-14

Achenseebahn locomotive “Georg” (built 1889) at Jenbach, Austria; 28-06-14

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Asperger’s Flyer: The Loco Arrangements!

The Steam and Scones event at the Talyllyn Railway on the 31st July will have a very special locomotive that will be hauling two of the Flyers.

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On the 19:00 train, the Asperger’s Flyer will be hauled by none other than No. 2, Dolgoch, who was the inspiration to one of the Rev. Awdry’s famous narrow gauge locomotives. Despite being known as a tearaway on the Skarloey Railway,Dolgoch has said he will behave himself and not derail or get stuck in any tunnels! The 10:30 the Flyer will be hauled by No. 4, Edward Thomas, and the 15:45 will be hauled by No. 6, Duncan. Please remember. that the tickets for the 19:00 train are now FREE! Just turn up and travel, it will be a fantastic event! Continue reading


North Freedom woman dies after slipping under train just before it started to move

Simon - Brookes Castle:

Tragic News! The thoughts of everyone who writes for LocoYard.com are with her family at this terrible time.

Originally posted on FOX6Now.com:

SAUK COUNTY (WITI) — A female volunteer with the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in central Wisconsin died on Saturday, July 12th.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office identified her as 66-year-old Linda Rowe of North Freedom.

She was getting off a train and slipped — falling underneath just as the train started to move.

One witness through the rainy conditions could have played a role in Rowe slipping.

North Freedom is just west of Baraboo.

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