GWR 3031 Achilles Class – Dean Single – Locomotive Profile

A newly built 3050 Royal Sovereign Photo source: Wikipedia  The Dean Single was a passenger steam locomotive built by the Great Western Railway between 1891 and 1899 under the direction of GWR’s chief mechanical engineer William Dean.  The locomotive class was known by many different names such as 3031 Class or Achilles class, both named…

Magical Harry Potter train to disappear?

Fiction has done much to keep the magic of steam engines alive in the public consciousness.  JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels and films that followed are one of the most recent successes, with it’s Hogwart’s Express that departed from London King’s Cross platform 9¾.  The locomotive that starred in the role of Hogwarts…