Ropley Watercress Line July 28th 2016 (05) BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 76017

Black Beauty – Welcome Back 76017

BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 76017’s long anticipated return to working order is nearly open us. The locomotive will become the Watercress Line’s newest addition to its operating fleet. It has been painted immaculately and really looks the part! In contrast to its last period of operation, it will be running with an early British…


35011 July Update

Good evening, Tonight we have a quick post featuring the July update from the 35011 General Steam Navigation project. July 2016 Update T he General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society is proud to announce that they are now the owners of the Merchant Navy class locomotive General Steam Navigation. The Society that was set up…

USA Tank 30064 and Q1 class resize

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Specially for our (almost) wordless Wednesday we have a picture of an unusual double header!  USA dock tank 30064 pilots a Bulleid Q1 class Austerity locomotive.  The “yankee tank” is preserved on the Bluebell Railway, but has been out of service for some time.  The plan is to give 30064 a cosmetic restoration and use it on a…

Severn Valley Railway July 2016 Kidderminster Carriage Shop (09) LNER Brake Pigeon Van 70759 converted to brake 3rd corridor 24506

Pigeons No Longer Allowed

During the open day on the Severn Valley Railway last Saturday, I was given the opportunity to explore the carriage works in Kidderminster.  As with most facilities on the preserved railway, this was an impressive set up within a relatively large building.  Furthermore, it should be noted that this is a separate facility to a large carriage shed, also used…

Bluebell Railway 1990s (02) Sheffield Park Maunsell Southern Railway U class 1618

Bluebell Railway in the 1990’s

More pictures from the 1990’s and another Throwback Thursday!  This time the pictures were taken on the Bluebell Railway.  Remarkably, with the exception of U class 1618, the other locomotives running in these pictures have since been overhauled and are in the running fleet in 2016.

Severn Valley Railway Bewdley 2016 4150 fund (1)

The 4150 Fund

Last Saturday the Severn Valley Railway held an open day where by paying a small supplement of £5 the visitor got to have a look at what was happening behind the scenes.  This was very much a busman’s holiday for me, but nonetheless very interesting!  The first port of call was Bewdley where Mrs Locoyard and I…