Plans to steam into Buxton spring forward

Negotiations between Derbyshire County Council and Peak Rail have been ongoing for some time, looking at options for extending the preserved line into the Peak District National Park and onwards to Buxton.  The main sticking point has been that around eight and a half miles of the former track bed has since closure as a railway been converted…

4588 at Peak Rail

Earlier in the year we reported (here) that the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway had sold their GWR prairie tank locomotive no 4588, but we were unsure of the final destination.  Thanks to Colin Foster we can report that 4588 is currently in Rowsley South on the Peak Railway.  Given that it is parked next to Pete…

November Steam

Us railway enthusiasts have much to thank the armies of volunteers that keep heritage railways alive.  There is hardly a part of the country that does not have a heritage railway nearby, which means that when on holiday in the UK you have usually have many options.  An exception to this rule however, is the…

Hunslet Austerity 3883/1962 Lord Phil

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have long had a soft spot for the humble Hunslet Austerity saddle tank.  They are the most common class of standard gauge steam locomotive in the UK and it is probably for this reason that they are generally not well-regarded amongst many steam enthusiasts.  I have…

A Soaking Wet Teddy Bear

  Those who love teddy bears of the fluffy variety need not worry; none were harmed in the making of this blog post!  Today we are looking at a teddy bear of the railway variety, specifically the class 14 diesel-hydraulic locomotive.  14901 is pictured on Peak Rail (click here for more,) running as tail-end charlie…