Bulleid 50 – Nene Valley Railway

On Saturday 25th February 2017, I visited the Nene Valley Railway for their Bulleid 50 event, celebrating the return of Battle of Britain class, 34081 ’92 Squadron’ and commemorating the end of Bulleid Pacifics on the mainline. As their website described;“The summer of 1967 is remembered for many things.  We could watch colour television for…

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…

HST – 40 and Fabulous

Our railway heritage is so rich that there are often commemorations of significant milestones at different dates.  This year marked a significant commemoration of 40 years of service of perhaps the most celebrated of British Railways trains – the High Speed Train (HST), also known as InterCity 125 or by its less glamorous TOPS classification of class 43.

A fantastic Steam Gala!

The Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala 2016 was an excellent three days for those who love to see a lot of steam engines in action.  There were three visitors to the railway, with the headliner being 46100 Royal Scot on its first visit to the line.  It was joined by the only surviving Ivatt 4MT, no. 43106…

Watercress Line Autumn Steam Gala 2016

The Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala is shaping up to be a cracker!  Earlier today I took a few snaps of one of the three visiting locomotives – S&DJR 7F 53809, that arrived earlier today.  The other two visitors will by be 46100 Royal Scot and “the flying pig” – the Severn Valley Railway’s Ivatt…