Brookes Castle – Volunteer Diary

This web page is dedicated to the contributions from Simon of Brookes Castle.

Simon’s journey into the world of Volunteering

Simon’s volunteer diary entries chart his involvement in the stripping down and inspection of Merchant Navy Pacific 35005 Canadian Pacific.  Due to the popularity of this series and the history of the locomotive they have been given there own dedicated page which can be found here.

Other blog post’s from Simon can be found below:

Locmotive/Railway Articles


GWR 3031 Achilles Class – Dean Single

GWR Star Class ‘2-2-2’

GWR Star Class ‘4-6-0’

GWR Lamp Codes


The Hayling Billy – 50 Years On

World War  2 Boat Plane Trains

The Cunarder

Unrebuilding a Merchant Navy


The Railways True Big Gun

Wagons of Portsmouth Dockyard


Eastleighs 4CEP

Mid Hants Railway Posts

My first visit to the Mid Hants October 2011

Watercress Line Wagon Group

Mid Hants Spring Steam Gala 2013

Mid Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014

Mid Hants Autumn Steam Gala 2014

Mid Hants Spring Steam Gala 2015

War on the Line 2015

 Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Spring Gala 2014 – Overall

Isle of Wight Spring Gala 2014 – 11 Newport

Isle of Wight Spring Gala 2015 – 11 – Newport on the Freight

Isle of Wight Spring Gala 2014 – 24 Calbourne

Isle of Wight Spring Gala 2015 – 24 – Calbourne

Isle of Wight Spring Gala – Best of the rest

Train Story

Smallbrook Junction

Wootton Station

Ashey Station – The Isle of Wight Railways forgotten station

S160 - 5280 - KWVR - USA (3)Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

4f – 43924

S160 – 5280


Mainline Steam

44932 – Royal Wessex – 5th July 2014

44932 – Dorset Coast Express – 9th July 2014

70013 – Oliver Cromwell – Dorset Coast Express – 6th August 2014

34067 – Tangmere – Dorset Coast Express – 10th September 2014

34046 – Braunton – Solent and Sacrum – 13th September 2014

34067 – Tangmere – Bath Christmas Market – 6th December 2014

61306 – Mayflower – The Swanage Belle – 16th July 2015

34067 – Tangmere – Dorset Coast Express – 27th July 2015

61306 – Mayflower – Dorset Corest Express – 18th August 2015

35006 P&O Toddington carpark35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co

First test move (July 2015)

Passes her steam test (July 2015)

March 2015 Update

2015 - Hogwarts Castle - 5972 - Harry Potter Hogwarts Express (2)Harry Potter themed Posts

Hogwarts Express/ Oltan Hall

Arriving soon at Platform 9 3/4

Model Railway

Model Railway in a Railway Carriage

Hornby Royal Mail Collection King class ‘King William IV’ Review

Hornby Castle class ‘Tintagel Castle’ review

New Bachmann Train Set/Packs 2014

Hornby Mallard takes the Brookes Castle Power Test

2015 - Winston Churchill - Battle of Britain class - NRM - York (3)National Railway Museum, York

Under a Q1

34051 – Winston Churchill

924c1-dscn1533Disneyland Paris

The Disneyland Paris Railroad – The Stations

The Disneyland Paris Railroad – George Washington


The Railway Children – Live at Kings Cross

Stories from the Atlantic Coast Express

Atlantic Coast Express 50 years on

Life on the footplate of Clan Line

Isambard Kingdom Brunel memorial Portsmouth

Steam Locos in Profile: Bulleid Pacific’s

British Railway Stories – Tale of the Unnamed Engine Reivew

Kent and East Sussex Railways Saturday Gang

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