A Rural Recreation

Imagine a rural world before the Internet, home deliveries, mains gas and mass car ownership.  How would you get your coal to light your fire at night?  Where would your newspapers come from?  If you were to move house – how would you? What about all the foodstuffs grown locally – how would these be taken…

Canadian Pacific Project Updates

Much progress has been made with the Canadian Pacific project.  We have three updates below, one from the beginning of the month when the firebox was removed and two more recent entries, the first covering the delivery of the new tender top and the second an update from the carriage shop.  If that wasn’t enough,…

Bridgnorth Locomotive Works

The Severn Valley Railway’s open day in July 2016 gave a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes in the railway’s locomotive works in Bridgnorth.  The railway has a large fleet of steam locomotives and there are several ongoing overhauls/restorations and two new-builds, so plenty to keep the staff and volunteers of Bridgnorth busy!

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…