The LBSCR E4 Class

Built at around the turn of the nineteenth century, the E4 class were an 0-6-2 Tank engine built for the London Brighton and South Coast Railway. 75 E4 tank engines were built from 1897 to 1903 to a design by Robert Billinton.  They were a development of the E3 class that had its roots in an…

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.

Best to go West?

Two years ago the Bluebell Railway realized a significant ambition by re-connecting with East Grinstead. The northern extension was a remarkable feat and achievement for the preserved line. The completed northern extension has proven to be beneficial to the Bluebell Railway and beyond for the local economy.  Since then the railway opened the extension it has…

Goodbye 1638

The Bluebell Railway’s U class no 1638 has officially been retired from service.  The locomotive was withdrawn due to it requiring repairs that although minor would have needed a hydraulic test and with just six months remaining on it’s boiler certificate, the line have sensibly been decided that resources should instead be put into the completion of the overhaul of British Railways…

First Encounter with a Merchant Navy Class

As the focus of my career moves into contributing to writing and telling the story of the oldest surviving Merchant Navy class locomotive, it has made me think about my own story of experiences with the type. My first siting of one of these 97.9 ton beasts left a lasting impression on me.  Long term readers of this blog may…

Views of the Adams Radial Tank

The 0415 Adams Radial Tank has been hitting the headlines in model railway circles rather a lot recently and with two 00 scale models on the horizon, it’s easy to see why.  On locoyard we have looked at the type in quite some depth earlier in the year (click here to read) and also some…

One Day…

The Bluebell Railway’s collection of stock contains many rare and (now) unique steam engines.  Being the first standard gauge railway in the UK to be preserved, it had the opportunity to purchase steam engines that would otherwise have been lost forever.  Interestingly, it has also become the home to the largest collection of British Railways…