Changing Lives

This video from the Heritage Lottery Fund looks at how the National Lottery-funded Mind the Gap scheme has led to eight apprentices working on heritage steam engines for the Watercress Line.  This scheme was nominated last year as a finalist in the Best Heritage Project category of the National Lottery Awards.  It is reassuring to see…

Getting There!

With the withdrawal of 850 Lord Nelson and 34007 Wadebridge due to the expiration of their ten year boiler certificates, the return to service of BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 76017 on the Watercress Line is a high priority.  Happily, progress is being made, with the boiler (having passed its steam test) being mounted onto the frames…

Farewell Wadebridge!

The oldest surviving Bulleid Pacific was withdrawn from service on the Watercress Line on the 6th March 2016.  No 34007 Wadebridge now requires a full overhaul before she can run again.  She will also need her original tender restored, as the tender she uses will be returned to 35005 Canadian Pacific (albeit with a new…

Maunsell Q Class 30541

The Bluebell Railway’s Maunsell Q class made it’s first trip away from the Sussex railway since operating in preservation when it visited the Watercress Line’s Spring Steam Gala 2016.  I was lucky to have a closer look at this 0-6-0 in Ropley’s yard after the gala to have a closer look.