East Kent Railway Pt.1

Simon - Brookes Castle:

A great post looking at the East Kent Railway. The Thumpers are a brilliant train and I remember seeing them operate on the South Coast Mainline on the way to school. One of the few diesel/electrics I actually like :)

Originally posted on sed30's Blog:

One of the joys of belonging to Facebook is that you can join groups of interest. One of the groups I belong to is the Preserved Thumpers. For those of you who are non railway minded, this group supports preserved diesel units known as Diesel Electric Multiple Units specifically built for the Sothern Region of British Railways in the late 1950’s early 60’s, they are known as Thumpers due to the noises they make. They were used on non electrified lines such as those to Uckfield, Oxted, and also lines in Hampshire and on the Kent coast venturing as far afield as Cardiff on cross country services!

You may recall a couple of weeks ago I posted my visit to Bromley South to see the Hastings unit, well there has been active restoration of its cousins at a number of preserved railways, the East Kent being one of them. Unit 1101…

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Iain MacIntosh; 196′ – 1040′


This is a fantastic picture!

Originally posted on Max Stafford's Kennel:

Belah Viaduct 

Iain has created another staggeringly good piece of railway art. Prints can be ordered through the 77021 Loco Group who will hopefully benefit from healthy sales.

I’ll let Iain himself do the talking from herein!



196′-1040 was completed this morning.

Belah Viaduct stood 196′ high and stretched for 1040′ across the infant River Belah in the Cumbrian Penines, the measurements lending themselves to the title of the piece.
A Blackpool to Newcastle summer Saturday train is depicted crossing the deceptively weak looking structure behind a pair of standard 3MT locomotives 77002 & 77003.
Available for pre order through www.77021.org and being offered to another group I support at A3 & A4 sizes it should allow both groups to raise much needed funds for their recreational aims.
I will be offering A2 prints through my website once set up.
At close on 200 hours work, this has been…

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Kytes Lights – Review

Good evening, today I will be doing something a different for LocoYard.com and looking a model railway company. Kytes Lights are a small company based in Bognor specialising in lights for model railways. I first came across them at the Victory Model Railway Club exhibition in 2013 and was impressed by the quality and appearance of the lights. The trade stand had a wide variety of stock including police cars with following working flights, illuminate Burger trailer, street lamps, platform lights and signal lights. Basically anything you could think of adding lights to on a model railway was there. I was after some yard lights for my layout and purchased a couple of their ” 11cm yard light mk2″s.

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Blog Post 1000!

Locoyard - Bachman Fairburn 42096 & BR standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80009This is the 1000th blog post to be published on locoyard!  Thank you to all of those who have contributed, followed and make it all so worthwhile.  You are all very much appreciated!  Here are a few pictures taken on the (now dismantled) layout that was the reason behind blogging in the first place.

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Locomotives on Display at Sheffield Park 2014

2014 Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - SECR P class - 323 BluebellNo visit to the Bluebell Railway is complete without a peak inside the engine shed, which is home to the largest collection of locomotives of (UK) Southern origin.  The Bluebell Line has another remarkable claim to fame to add to this – it has the largest collection of BR Standard Classes.  Indeed, this collection is at least as impressive as any that you will find outside of the National Railway Museum, York. Continue reading


Henbury’s Last Day

Simon - Brookes Castle:

A brilliant harbor side railway in Bristol. Will have to visit the line one day

Originally posted on Bristol Harbour Railway:

It’s the second day of the Bristol Harbour Festival, and compared to Saturday’s thunderstorms, the weather is positively delightful.

Peckett ‘Henbury’ comes out of traffic today as her 10-year boiler certificate is due to expire. She’s been a long time stalwart of the Bristol Harbour Railway from the very beginning.

These images are from ‘Henbury’s second to last operating day, and appear here with the kind permission of Juliet Eden. You can see more of Juliet’s fantastic photos on her website: http://julieteden.com/mdashshed














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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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