040 - 34007 Wadebridge Ropley 1st July 2015

Welcome To My Office!

It has been an incredible first week at the Watercress Line.  Fellow members of staff and the volunteers have all been very welcoming, which of course has helped make it all the better.  And the view from the office is easily the best I’ve ever had (yes even with a Network Rail Stoneblower sitting there.)  With…

2014 - Watercress Line - Spring Steam Gala - Ropley - Merchant Navy Class - 35028 Clan Line

Clan Line – Bulleid Brilliance

Originally posted on Loco Yard:
Although it was not the only Bulleid pacific at the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014 (with unrebuilt Bulleid 34007 Wadebridge and rebuilt 34046 Braunton also in action), 35028 Clan Line was undoubtedly the star of the show! Oliver Bulleid, the man behind the Merchant Navy class was arguably one of…

The 45170 Appeal Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway 45170 (Poster)

The 45170 Appeal

Stanier’s 8F 2-8-0 class were built as important upgrades for dated 0-6-0 Midland engines and at the beginning of the Second World War when railways were effectively nationalised they were the most modern class of freight engine.  As a result they were chosen as the best freight design to be produced as a standard for War Department use until…

35029 Ellerman Lines - Merchant Navy class (sectioned) - How a Steam Engine Works

Counting Down the Hours

So tonight is the night before the big day – my first day as a Project Supervisor for the Watercress Line!  I have the usual combination of being excited and a few nerves to prove that I’m human.  The prospect of working for one of my favourite organisations is definitely an incredible feeling, plus there’s prospect of getting my…