Watercress Line 1990’s

Tonight we’re back down memory lane (or should that be memory line?) with a few recently rediscovered pictures taken on the Watercress Line in the late 1990’s.  Many pictures feature former resident BR Standard 5MT 73096, whilst Urie S15 class 30506 is seen in front of what is now the carriage and visiting 46229 Duchess…

49th Commemoration of the End of Southern Steam

Today the 49th anniversary of the end of steam in the south was marked by a special rail tour hauled by Stanier Jubilee class 45699 Galatea.  It was great to see steam on the mainline for this commemoration, especially considering mainline operations not too long ago looked in doubt.  Although this wasn’t a Southern steam engine,…

Memories of Kent and East Sussex

After a visit to my family home, I’ve now got my entire photo collection at hand and after a massive scanning session, tonight we have a slideshow of a number of pictures taken on the Kent and East Sussex Railway in the 1990’s.  Look out for (amongst other things) pictures of rural Kent (the garden of…

Maunsell’s W Class

Three years ago we published an article about Maunsell’s ill-fated K (or River) class.  The K class were a 2-6-4T design that were later converted into 2-6-0 U class tender locomotives as a result of a safety review after a number of derailments.  Very little goes to waste on railways and so this was not the…

Revealing CanPac’s Colours!

Today’s Canadian Pacific project video looks at the layers of colour to be found in a cab panel from Merchant Navy class 35005 Canadian Pacific.  Ollie Collin’s, the Watercress Line’s painter takes us through what is effectively modern archaeology in this fascinating film created by Sue Dixon. With HLF funding, this project to complete the overhaul of 35005 Canadian Pacific and…