A Fitting Memorial

Collett Goods number 3205 is a favourite locomotive of mine and I was very happy to see it, albeit briefly in the rain on my last visit to the South Devon Railway (click here for more).  The locomotive has been repainted in lined BR Green which suits it very well in my opinion.  I noticed…

Thunder Without Lightning: The Growl Of A 37

During the heavy rain that accompanied my visit to the South Devon Railway (click here for more), a low growl could be felt as I arrived at Buckfastleigh.  But this was not thunder, although at first it seemed that it might be.  It was the sound of an English Electric class 37 diesel, a machine…

London Transport Pannier

One of the worst kept secrets of steam locomotive colour schemes was discovered a long time before Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle (click here for more).  It is a secret that many of a western persuasion would probably keep to themselves… The  secret being that Great Western Railway locomotives painted red look very good.

Buckfastleigh, South Devon Railway 2014

If you ask a railway enthusiast to name a great locomotive works, you could get many replies.  Doncaster, Derby, Swindon, Crewe, Eastleigh, St Rollox, Darlington, Brighton… a list could on and on.  But these days things are different, most of the former works have declined, disappeared or evolved into a new use.  However, there are…

Not quite “Back to Black” 4575 class 5542

  5542 is a very popular engine full of character, known to many as the “Sweet sixteen” (sum of its digits) or the PFP (Planet’s favourite prairie)  it is a regular runner to the GWSR, as well as many other lines including the South Devon Railway and the West Somerset Railway. Somehow I managed to…

Buckfastleigh

As promised when we looked at posters, railwayana and other details (click here for more) at Buckfastleigh, this is the report looking at a site visit to Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway,  that include photographs of 1366 class pannier tank 1369 in steam, as well as other locomotives, both steam and diesel..

A day out on the South Devon Railway Part 2 – Staverton and Totnes

Following from the previous post is a continuation of the journey along the South Devon Railway from Staverton to Totnes Littlehempston.  We start with the very picturesque rural branchline station of Staverton. Staverton is a smal rural atation with a short platform, so if you wish to get off, make sure you are in a correct carriage (usually the first two…