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…

Stars of the Mid-Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014 Part 7 – British Railways Standard Class 9F – 92212

During the Saturday of the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014, this magnificent locomotive spent the day at Ropley.  It was (as Simon described it) playing the role of the Thunderbird – the rescue locomotive.  It was good to see this big powerful locomotive again, after it’s long stay at the Bluebell Railway.

Recreating BR Standard 9F 92212

It has been quite some time since I got stuck into any “serious” modelling and as the to-do list has been growing, I thought I’d complete one project by recreating BR Standard 9F class 92212.  This locomotive is normally based at the Watercress Line but has been some time out on the Bluebell Railway on…

92220 Evening Star

It’s funny how certain moments in your life stand out and become memorable.  Over the years I’ve had the privilege of seeing many steam locomotives, but one in particular is seeing 92220 Evening Star in steam on the North York Moors Railway.  At the time I was very young and Evening Star seemed to be…