35006 P&O back in business!

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation 😉 ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony. When I…

Bigjigs Heritage Collection Sir Archibald Sinclair review

Good evening, Following the popularity of my first review looking at the Black 5, Bigjigs have kindly sent me another loco to review and its no great surprise that I went for the ranges only Bulleid locomotive – the Bluebell Railway’s 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair. Class: Rebuilt West Country / Battle of Britain class Use: Express Passenger and…

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…

Tender 3116

Good evening, today I am writing about something rather different. Instead of focusing on a steam locomotive I will be looking at a tender, in particular tender 3116. Tender 3116 Tender 3116 was one of the first series of 5,000 gallon Bulleid tenders built at Ashford works. It entered service in December 1942 behind 21C6,…

Some you win, some you lose

Good evening, Yesterday was one of the few times a year that a steam special passes close to my house so I planned to make the most of it. Tangmere is always a locomotive I liked seeing, the weather was cold but sunny which is great for photography as the smoke and steam effect is…

Braunton on the Solent and Sacrum

Good evening, Yesterday rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacific locomotive no 34046 Braunton hauled the Solent and Sacrum railtour out of London Waterloo heading for Salisbury, on the return trip she travelled down the south coast to Fareham before thundering up the Portsmouth direct to London Waterloo. Itis quite rare that a steam service is allowed up this…