Greyhound Gallery

Following Simon’s blog post earlier in the week, here is a selection of photographs taken of the National Collection’s Ex-LSWR T9 class 30120. I hope you like them!  These pictures were all taken at the Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala 2015.

American Character

There’s no doubt that steam locomotives originating from different nations have big differences in style and design.  British locomotives are relatively compact, especially compared with American steam engines.  There were differences in style and engineering practice between nations, plus differences of loading gauge (the UK’s being very narrow) that also no doubt made a big difference to the…

Excellent Work Guys!

Today, the Watercress Line’s Bulleid brake coach 4211 reached a significant milestone by being sent to Alresford for vehicle acceptance.  All being well it should enter service within the next few weeks.  The restoration of this beautiful wooden bodied carriage was all the more incredible when you consider that much of it was newly built…

Mike’s Movies White Metal 00 Gauge Models

Without doubt one of the nicest things about our hobby in this day and age is how easy it is to find like-minded people, or (as in this case) for them to find you.  Mike, Director/Owner of Mike’s Movies contacted me last week asking permission to use a photograph of SECR class D for one…

Counting Down the Hours

So tonight is the night before the big day – my first day as a Project Supervisor for the Watercress Line!  I have the usual combination of being excited and a few nerves to prove that I’m human.  The prospect of working for one of my favourite organisations is definitely an incredible feeling, plus there’s prospect of getting my…

An Original Merchant Navy Class

Seeing as we are developing a Merchant Navy class theme on this blog at the moment, I thought it a good time add a picture of what is arguably the closest we have at the moment of seeing an original, unrebuilt Merchant Navy class locomotive.  This miniature replica of prototype 21C1 Channel Packet can be…

The Lynton and Barnstaple Spell

Being a fan of the old Southern Railway, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway has always been a line that has caught my attention in books and in the media.  The Southern Railway’s history is largely a progressive one – a tale of early electrification and suburbanisation.  The thought of this company owning and running a…