Ghosts and Trains

Ghosts and trains are connected in our minds, mainly thanks to ghost train rides at fairgrounds. However this is not where it ends! Some of you may also be familiar with ghost train hunters. These are invariably people who seek out railway stations and services that barely run on routes and stations on the National…

Mickey Mouse

With the Hughes Crab, Stanier Black 5 and this visitor – Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46521 from the Great Central Railway in action, the Midland region was well represented at the Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala 2015.  Nicknamed Mickey Mouse on account of its front-on appearance similarity with Disney’s famous character, this locomotive is a tender…

Crimson Lake Crab

Arguably one of the more striking of steam locomotive liveries; the deep red, maroon, carmine or crimson lake was used by the former London, Midland and Scottish Railway, inherited from the Midland Railway.  The Hughes Crab (or Horwich Mogul) wore this stunning livery at the beginning of its career, before being relegated somewhat by being painted black as…

Greyhound Gallery

Following Simon’s blog post earlier in the week, here is a selection of photographs taken of the National Collection’s Ex-LSWR T9 class 30120. I hope you like them!  These pictures were all taken at the Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala 2015.

MREmag and RMweb Poll 2015

Each year MREmag and RMweb conduct a poll to find out which new models would be popular to be produced in ready to run model form in N and 00 gauge.  It is arguably the most important of its kind and judging by the products that have appeared over the years, it is one that the manufacturers…

The T9 – Drummond’s Diamond

When the line up for the Mid Hants gala was released the locomotive I was most excited to see was one I saw only a few years ago – the T9. Nicknamed “greyhounds”, the T9 class were a very successful design of Dugald Drummond.  Built in 1899, the locomotive has worn many liveries including Southern…