Watercress Line Carriage Shop July 2016 Update

The Watercress Line’s carriage shop has just posted their July 2016 update, that includes an update of the two Bulleid carriages being restored – 1456 and 4367.  The restoration of these two carriages is being undertaken as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Canadian Pacific Project.  Please click on the following link to read the article: preservation.watercressline.co.uk/blog/entry/varnish-varnish-everywhere With…

Black Beauty – Welcome Back 76017

BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 76017’s long anticipated return to working order is nearly open us. The locomotive will become the Watercress Line’s newest addition to its operating fleet. It has been painted immaculately and really looks the part! In contrast to its last period of operation, it will be running with an early British…

35011 July Update

Good evening, Tonight we have a quick post featuring the July update from the 35011 General Steam Navigation project. July 2016 Update T he General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society is proud to announce that they are now the owners of the Merchant Navy class locomotive General Steam Navigation. The Society that was set up…

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Specially for our (almost) wordless Wednesday we have a picture of an unusual double header!  USA dock tank 30064 pilots a Bulleid Q1 class Austerity locomotive.  The “yankee tank” is preserved on the Bluebell Railway, but has been out of service for some time.  The plan is to give 30064 a cosmetic restoration and use it on a…

Pigeons No Longer Allowed

During the open day on the Severn Valley Railway last Saturday, I was given the opportunity to explore the carriage works in Kidderminster.  As with most facilities on the preserved railway, this was an impressive set up within a relatively large building.  Furthermore, it should be noted that this is a separate facility to a large carriage shed, also used…

Bluebell Railway in the 1990’s

More pictures from the 1990’s and another Throwback Thursday!  This time the pictures were taken on the Bluebell Railway.  Remarkably, with the exception of U class 1618, the other locomotives running in these pictures have since been overhauled and are in the running fleet in 2016.