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…

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…

35006 One Step Closer

Good evening, It wont be a big surprise to regular readers that my latest post is about a Merchant Navy class locomotive but unlike most of them this isn’t about 35005 Canadian Pacific but rather her younger sister 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co. The project team were pleased to announce that on Wednesday 11th March, P&O passed…

“Back to Black” The ‘Didn’t quite make its’

  The next locomotive in the series from Simon’s 35005 ‘Canadian Pacific’ is 35006 ‘Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.’ (usually called P&O!) and is a rebuilt Merchant Navy Class. During its working life it had a very similar life to Canadian Pacific being rebuilt some time in the 50’s. 35005 was of course bought by Steamtown…

Not quite “Back to Black” 4575 class 5542

  5542 is a very popular engine full of character, known to many as the “Sweet sixteen” (sum of its digits) or the PFP (Planet’s favourite prairie)  it is a regular runner to the GWSR, as well as many other lines including the South Devon Railway and the West Somerset Railway. Somehow I managed to…