A Red Prairie

As part of the London Underground’s 150th celebration’s last year, prairie tank 5521 was painted in (albeit historical incorrect) Metropolitan lined red colours and numbered L.150.  Prairie tank’s were never owned or run by London Transport, which (to be fair) is something that has been made clear by all parties. 

56xx 5643

56xx 5643 was one of three locomotives in steam on the day I visited the Bluebell Line (click here to read more).  The others being SECR H class 263 and SECR C class 592.  The locomotive is on loan to the Bluebell Line from the Furness Rail Trust until December 2014.

The Beautiful Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway has always been one of my favourite places.  As a child, planned visits to the Bluebell Line were anticipated with much excitement that would build up as the date approached, all the while devouring books, leaflets, magazines and brochures containing pictures an articles of it’s incredible fleet of stock.  And then the…

The First Mainline Steam Tour Charter To Run Onto The Bluebell Railway

Once again, regular UK Heritage Hub contributor James Corben has very kindly allowed us to share an excellent video of his. The video shows the historical moment three days ago when the first steam hauled rail tour ran over the Bluebell Railway’s tracks since the opening of the East Grinstead extension earlier this year; hauled…