An excellent blog post on the Great Goodbye!
This such a fantastic photograph! I’m sure locoyard followers will love it too!
Originally posted on PDM photos:
This is a picture of 44932 LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0. She was one of the “Black Five” locos and is pictured here passing between Hook and Basingstoke in the south of England on its run as the Cathedral’s Express.
Although it is more usual to have to go to restored lines to see steam trains running there are a number that run tours on main lines. Enthusiasts pay to go out for the day and have dinner served how it used to be – On china plates and by silver service.
If there is one thing that the Kent and East Sussex Railway (K&ESR) has in abundance it is character. The line that currently runs from Tenterden to Bodiam in south east England is a light railway that originally opened in 1900 (named the Rother Valley Railway). It was a result of the 1896 light railways act that allowed construction of cheap, lightly laid lines. Very cheap in fact – the K&ESR bought a variety of secondhand stock – anything light that they could get for a good price! Colonel Fred Stephens built and managed the line, as he did many other idiosyncratic branch lines around the country. I won’t go in to too much detail, but one further point is relevant – K&ESR was an independent line from 1900 to 1948 (when it was nationalised). It was never part of Southern Railway and it therefore did its own thing for nearly half a century.
As today is World Book Day, I thought I would share the fictional railway books I recommend. All of the books listed here are absolutely fantastic, and I have them on my bookshelf in my University dormitory room, so they get my seal of aproval.
Tale of the Unnamed Engine’ is a fantastic book, an absolute delight, and reminded me of my first visit to a heritage railway, and seeing steam locomotives at such a close range. This is one of the books I can’t wait to read it to my children. But where this book shines is that is it aimed at children, but adults are never bored because of its excellent writing style. The artwork by Dean Walker is exceptional, and fits the story with every page. I wait in anticipation for the next book, Simon AC Martin, and I will know you will not disappoint.
Today is World Book Day which is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Promoted by West Coast Railways, the Scarborough Spa Express runs between York and Scarborough (via Wakefield and York) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. In this video, we feature 3 of the locomotives that worked some of the popular excursions in 2013 – 45231 ‘The Sherwood Forester’, 45699 ‘Galatea’ and 46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’, at a number of locations.
UK Heritage Hub would like to thank Jaymz Griffiths and James Batcheler for their contributions to this film.
Locoyard’s 00 scale model reviews section (click here to read) nearly has all ready to run BR Standard class models reviewed. Hornby’s version of the 4MT (75xx) 4-6-0 model is regarded as one of the best out there and has a direct competitor from Bachmann (click here to read the review). Today we look at the Hornby version to see if it really is as good as many say it is and compare it with Bachmann’s model. Continue reading
Ahead of next weekend’s Watercress Line Spring steam gala, we see one of the planned visitors in action on the mainline from regular UK Heritage Hub contributor James Corben. Please check out his youtube channel and subscribe (click here).
On the 24th January and 1st March 2014, 35028 ‘Clan Line’ hauled the British Pullman around the Surrey Hills from London Victoria to Shalford and back. This video features both of those trips.
I went down to Dawlish and Teignmouth to see the devastation of the railway for myself. Although a sad sight to see, thereis continuous work going on down there night and day, and plenty of Hi Viz around!
Just to introduce myself. My name is Shirl and I am a GWR enthusiast and big King Class fan. I am also volunteer support crew with 6024 King Edward 1, and occasionally go out with other locomotives such as Britannia, Braunton and Bittern. I have also volunteered with 71000 Duke of Glos and with 34067 Tangmere.
My addiction to steam started quite early. At the age of 5 years old I used to visit my grandfather in Plymouth, and from the end of his road we could see the line going to The Friary. I vividly remember that all play at the park would cease whenever a locomotive came by. Both me and my sister were fascinated even at that age.