Commander B

Good evening, Tonight we are looking at something rather special that is often overlooked and forgotten. Commander B is the oldest surviving Hawthorn Leslie locomotive in the world, built in Newcastle works in 1899! She was originally named Newcastle but when she arrived Hollycombe was renamed after the collection’s founder, Cdr. Baldock. The engine was purchased…

Woolmer

As today is Remembrance Sunday, a day when we remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom, it is rather fitting that we look at a locomotive that served on Longmoor Military Railway (LMR) from the date it was construction (1910) until 1953.  The LMR was built by the…

Ribble Steam Railway Celebrations

The Ribble Steam Railway is a particularly charismatic standard gauge steam railway.  It runs for one and a half miles through Preston Docks and fittingly given this location has a very large collection of industrial locomotives.  Indeed, many of you will be shocked to see how massive the fleet is (go to http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk/exhibits/locomotive-check-list to see for yourself!)…

Susan

One of the delights of the modern heritage railway is it’s ability to surprise you when you find something unusual.  So it was just over a week ago when I met Susan for the first time on the South Devon Railway.  Susan at first glance might look like a diesel shunter, but she is a steam locomotive! …