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…

Westcliff

Good evening, Tonight we are looking at my favourite layout that I saw at the annual Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition hosted by the South Hants Model Railway club last weekend. The layout in question is an EM gauge layout called Westcliff which is a “what might have been” based on the Dorset seaside town of…

Hornby Lord of the Isles Review

Good evening, As seeing Dave is having laptop issues and my wife has taken my son out for the day I thought today would be the perfect time to do something LocoYard.com hasn’t done this year, a model train review. The locomotive I am looking at today is an old model but the real life…

North Norfolk Railway Spring Steam Gala 2015

 The North Norfolk Railway’s annual steam gala was held on the weekend of the 6th to the 8th March, and what a spectacular weekend it was. The visitors were LNER Class D49 Morayshire, which was visiting from Scotland, a 4-4-0 locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley, courtesy of the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Railway…

London Transport Pannier

One of the worst kept secrets of steam locomotive colour schemes was discovered a long time before Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle (click here for more).  It is a secret that many of a western persuasion would probably keep to themselves… The  secret being that Great Western Railway locomotives painted red look very good.