Bickington Steam Railway

Trago Mills is a large “discount retailer” with three stores, two in Cornwall and a third located near Newton Abbott in Devon.  Having never visited the Cornish outposts I can have no opinion as such about them, but a visit to the Devon branch has pretty much been an annual occurrence for me.  It is a great place to…

News round-up (3), 2015

Originally posted on New Build Steam:
60163 Tornado The headline story of the last few months has to be the return to traffic of the pioneer new build locomotive, 60163 Tornado, after its £400,000 overhaul at Darlington Locomotive Works, and return to apple green livery. The A1 has already enjoyed a sojourn in Scotland, and…

Smallbrook Junction

Good evening, Tonight we are looking at a rather special and unique station on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in the form of Smallbrook Junction. It is unusual because it has no public access but exists purely to provide a connection between two rail systems in the form a heritage line and the Island…

Hope for the Colne Valley Railway

Good evening, If you’ve been on Twitter, Facebook or reading this blog recently you would have noticed that we are really pushing for people to vote for the Mid Hants “Mind The Gap” apprenticeship project which is one of seven finalists in the Heritage category of the 2015 National Lottery Awards. One of the main…

A Mayflower in Southampton

Good evening, So far this year photographing mainline steam in my local area has been a complete wash out for me with 3 cancelled tours and being at the Mid Hants Spring Gala being the fourth. Until recently the B1s rarely venture onto Southern rails so the ex-LNER Mayflower became my top target and  yesterday…

Stansted Park Light Railway

Last weekend was going to be a couple of days without any railway action, simply to catch up on odds and ends in the garden.  After a glorious Saturday, Sunday afternoon proved to be rather wet and so not ideal for gardening, but a perfect time to go to a Garden Centre looking for inspiration. So…

Hunslet 150

150 years ago the Hunslet Railway Company built their first steam locomotive – an 0-6-0 saddle tank.  The company would continue to build around 7000 locomotives that would be exported and used all over the world.  Until 1995 they built locomotives in their works at Jack Lane, Leeds and the city and the company name are synonymous with…

35006 passes her steam test!

Good evening, Tonight we are pleased to report that yesterday 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co, passed her formal steam test with her insurance company. She has had a few trial steamings of her boiler over the last few months, enabling a number of minor niggles to be identified and corrected.This is a very significant…

South Devon Railway Promo

The South Devon Railway, where I plan to visit this summer have released a rather good promotional video that I thought I’d share here.  The railway is a lovely little line that maintains it’s branch line feel, despite it having many tourists to haul and having a fantastic workshop at Buckfastleigh.  The description with the…