Oliver Cromwell on the Dorset Coast Express

Good evening, Today I got to see Oliver Cromwell hauling this weeks Dorset Coast Express. She was due to haul next weeks service but with the FBU strikes the train has been cancelled.  This is the first time I have seen the Britannia class locomotive in person and she did not disappoint.

BR Standard 7MT Britannia Class 70013 Oliver Cromwell

BR Standard 7MT class 70013 Oliver Cromwell is a very popular locomotive in operation on the mainline, so much so that it has managed to find it’s way onto the poll to find the most famous steam locomotive of all time (voting is now closed).  Unfortunately I have yet to see this locomotive myself, so…

70000 Britannia at Didcot Railway Centre – 8th August 2012

It’s always the way; you wait for an article featuring a certain locomotive and then several come at once!  Featured last Saturday (click here) was an article on the Nene Valley Railway and several shots of BR standard 7MT class 70000.  They were taken in 1997, the last time I saw the locomotive in action until this Wednesday. …

The British Connection: My Journey in becoming a Steam Enthusiast, Part 7 (chapter 2)

Following my previous post about the official Thomas the Tank engine on the Nene Valley Railway, I wanted to share a few more pictures taken.  The railway was and still is home to some European locomotives that make the collection very unique in the UK (to be found in the next post in this series,…