Bulleid 50 – Nene Valley Railway

On Saturday 25th February 2017, I visited the Nene Valley Railway for their Bulleid 50 event, celebrating the return of Battle of Britain class, 34081 ’92 Squadron’ and commemorating the end of Bulleid Pacifics on the mainline. As their website described;“The summer of 1967 is remembered for many things.  We could watch colour television for…

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Last week we had a special double header for our (Almost) Wordless Wednesday and today we have another.  The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society ran “The Blue Belle” special in 1963 when preserved Caledonian Railway single No. 123 piloted Drummond T9 4-4-0 120 painted in LSWR pea green.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Specially for our (almost) wordless Wednesday we have a picture of an unusual double header!  USA dock tank 30064 pilots a Bulleid Q1 class Austerity locomotive.  The “yankee tank” is preserved on the Bluebell Railway, but has been out of service for some time.  The plan is to give 30064 a cosmetic restoration and use it on a…

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Especially for our (almost) wordless Wednesday is Urie S15 class 30499, a locomotive happily preserved by the Urie group, based on the Watercress Line.  They are working to return her back to original LSWR condition with stove pipe chimney for 2020, her 100th birthday.  She is pictured here in British Railways service. Please see http://www.urieloco.co.uk for…

Maunsell’s W Class

Three years ago we published an article about Maunsell’s ill-fated K (or River) class.  The K class were a 2-6-4T design that were later converted into 2-6-0 U class tender locomotives as a result of a safety review after a number of derailments.  Very little goes to waste on railways and so this was not the…

GWSR Cotswold Festival of Steam “Swindon Built”

This coming weekend May 28th-30th is the GWSR’s annual Cotswold Festival of Steam, This year with the theme “Swindon built” to celebrate 175 years since the GWR’s Swindon workshops opened. 8 locos will be in steam for the event operating an intensive service, including steam runs to Laverton over Stanway Viaduct (not usually possible any…

35006 P&O back in business!

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation 😉 ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony. When I…