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…

S&D 7Fs 53808 and 53809 double head out of Williton

West Somerset Railway S&D 50th anniversary Gala

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit the West Somerset Railway for their Spring steam gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the closure of the much lamented S&D line. The stations were all renamed after suitable S&D stations for the week, and an impressive loco lineup was formed, with GWR locos banished into the…

Severn Valley Autumn Steam Gala – 4566/46521

The Severn Valley’s Third guest for their Autumn steam gala was previous long time resident on the railway Ivatt class 2 46521, and was used in filming of “Oh Doctor Beaching!” gaining the unofficial name ‘Blossom’. It moved to the GCR in 2000 but returned for the SVR’s fiftieth anniversary, paired with resident GWR prairie…

Modern Day Steam

Every now and then the prepared photographer get’s a rare opportunity such as the one above.  In this shot two very different yet very significant forms of railway traction run literally side by side.  When the timing is right, Totnes Littlehempston station is a location where heritage rail meets the mainline.  Upon reflection, one of the…

Collett Goods Cab

I’m a big fan of 0-6-0 six-coupled type steam locomotives.  They were simple, rugged and historically significant (especially in the UK) as they were one of the most important and numerous types to be constructed.  The South Devon Railway is home to the newest surviving 0-6-0 steam locomotive – the only surviving 2251 Collett Goods class…

Dinmore Manor

After April’s trip to the north east of England and no less than four rides on different railway’s, last week’s trip to Devon was less rail themed with two rides, one on Bickington Steam Railway and another on the South Devon Railway.  But with that said, I still managed to sneak a few minutes in Kingswear,…

Swindon 175

2016 will be 175 years since Daniel Gooch recommended to Isambard Kingdom Brunel to locate the Great Western Railway’s main locomotive works in Swindon.  Located half way between Bristol and Reading, Swindon was an ideal location.  The developments associated with the GWR accelerated development of the town that is now the biggest in Wiltshire.  A…