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…

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…

Black Beauty – Welcome Back 76017

BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 76017’s long anticipated return to working order is nearly open us. The locomotive will become the Watercress Line’s newest addition to its operating fleet. It has been painted immaculately and really looks the part! In contrast to its last period of operation, it will be running with an early British…

Watercress Line 1990’s

Tonight we’re back down memory lane (or should that be memory line?) with a few recently rediscovered pictures taken on the Watercress Line in the late 1990’s.  Many pictures feature former resident BR Standard 5MT 73096, whilst Urie S15 class 30506 is seen in front of what is now the carriage and visiting 46229 Duchess…