S&D 7Fs 53808 and 53809 double head out of Williton

West Somerset Railway S&D 50th anniversary Gala

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit the West Somerset Railway for their Spring steam gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the closure of the much lamented S&D line. The stations were all renamed after suitable S&D stations for the week, and an impressive loco lineup was formed, with GWR locos banished into the…

Severn Valley Autumn Steam Gala – 4566/46521

The Severn Valley’s Third guest for their Autumn steam gala was previous long time resident on the railway Ivatt class 2 46521, and was used in filming of “Oh Doctor Beaching!” gaining the unofficial name ‘Blossom’. It moved to the GCR in 2000 but returned for the SVR’s fiftieth anniversary, paired with resident GWR prairie…

Locomotives on Display at Sheffield Park 2014

No visit to the Bluebell Railway is complete without a peak inside the engine shed, which is home to the largest collection of locomotives of (UK) Southern origin.  The Bluebell Line has another remarkable claim to fame to add to this – it has the largest collection of BR Standard Classes.  Indeed, this collection is…

“Back to Black” The ‘Didn’t quite make its’

  The next locomotive in the series from Simon’s 35005 ‘Canadian Pacific’ is 35006 ‘Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.’ (usually called P&O!) and is a rebuilt Merchant Navy Class. During its working life it had a very similar life to Canadian Pacific being rebuilt some time in the 50’s. 35005 was of course bought by Steamtown…

“Back to Black” ‘Manor’ class 7820 Dinmore Manor

  A relatively new home fleet locomotive for the GWSR, Dinmore Manor made its gala debut at the railway in style, carrying a number of different headboards over the weekend and double heading with the group’s other locomotive on loan, 3580. Appearing in unlined black livery, it really looked the part on the freight train,…

“Back to black” Hawksworth 15xx pannier 1501

  This little character is Hawksworth’s 15xx pannier tank courtesy of the Severn Valley railway. It might look small but it can pack a fair punch, on a visit to the Severn valley some time ago it hauled a very full eight coach passenger train! On the GWSR however it coped adequately well with our…