Here’s One We Did Earlier – 925 Cheltenham

As the day that I will be working on the CanPac project for the Watercress Line approaches, it has given me a little time to reflect on the last steam locomotive to emerge from Eastleigh’s locomotive works after an overhaul.  After spending many (if not all) of its’ preserved life on static display, the National Railway Museum’s…

60163 Tornado Returns

That’s right, it’s back! New build A1 class 60163 Tornado has returned to service after the completion of its first overhaul. The locomotive has once again been painted in British Railways apple green after being BR express blue prior to withdrawal. This is excellent news to all those who admire this recreation of Peppercorns long…

Golden Tickets

The Severn Valley Railway is holding a competition to celebrate it’s golden jubilee.  To enter, all you need do is buy a ticket on the line from 5th July.  Six people lucky people will receive a golden ticket, giving them and a guest an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour – something that will surely attract many enthusiasts!

An Original Merchant Navy Class

Seeing as we are developing a Merchant Navy class theme on this blog at the moment, I thought it a good time add a picture of what is arguably the closest we have at the moment of seeing an original, unrebuilt Merchant Navy class locomotive.  This miniature replica of prototype 21C1 Channel Packet can be…

First Encounter with a Merchant Navy Class

As the focus of my career moves into contributing to writing and telling the story of the oldest surviving Merchant Navy class locomotive, it has made me think about my own story of experiences with the type. My first siting of one of these 97.9 ton beasts left a lasting impression on me.  Long term readers of this blog may…

Wootton Station

Good evening, Today we are looking at the always lovely Wootton Station on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The station is the current western terminus of the railway that is unlikely to extended any further for the foreseeable future. The original station was located further west but that site had to be abandoned due…

Project 28: The Preview

A first look at Project 28, a new film being produced by UK Heritage Hub’s roving reporter James Corben. In this film, we take a look back over the past few years at some of Clan Line’s ground-breaking railtours, as well as a behind-the-scenes look inside the locomotive’s base at Stewarts Lane as the Merchant…