Hunslet Austerity 3883/1962 Lord Phil

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have long had a soft spot for the humble Hunslet Austerity saddle tank.  They are the most common class of standard gauge steam locomotive in the UK and it is probably for this reason that they are generally not well-regarded amongst many steam enthusiasts.  I have…

Warley 00 Scale Model Announcements

Today was the first day of the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition (www.thewarleyshow.co.uk.)  Alongside the exhibition, model railway manufacturers use this show as platform to announce their new products and this year was no different. Before we look at Warley announcements, we will start with slightly older news.  Hattons have commissioned DJ Models to produce…

Warley National Railway Exhibition 2014

Just a quick blog post tonight in anticipation of arguably one of the most important model railway exhibitions in the UK.  This weekend the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2014 will be in full swing at the NEC Birmingham.  This event has become well known as the venue that many model railway manufacturers use to…

Gallery of the Home Fleet

Today we finally wrap up the articles from the Watercress Line’s Autumn Spring Steam Gala with a gallery of pictures.  By now, the locomotives featured here (850 Lord Nelson, 925 Cheltenham, 9F 92212 and Black 5 45379) have featured so many times that there seems little reason to look at them again in depth.  I…