Canadian Pacific Video!

The Watercress Line’s flagship steam locomotive, Merchant Navy class no. 35005 Canadian Pacific, is currently undergoing a full overhaul at Eastleigh works.  Although the railway has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, they still need to raise a further £200,000.  Please help return CanPac to working order. Go to http://www.watercresslinepayments.co.uk/product.php/15/no__35005_canadian_pacific to donate and http://www.watercressline.co.uk/canpac to keep up…

Bigjigs Heritage Collection Black 5 review

Tonight we are looking at something rather different and another first for LocoYard in the form of a wooden train review and not just any wooden train; the Mid-Hants own Black 5 45379.Class: Stanier Black 5 (5MT) Use: Mixed Traffic Region: Midland/Scotland Era: 1934-1968 Preserved examples: 4767 (BR 44767) George Stephenson – North Yorkshire Moors Railway 4806…

Here’s One We Did Earlier – 925 Cheltenham

As the day that I will be working on the CanPac project for the Watercress Line approaches, it has given me a little time to reflect on the last steam locomotive to emerge from Eastleigh’s locomotive works after an overhaul.  After spending many (if not all) of its’ preserved life on static display, the National Railway Museum’s…

The detail is in the shadows

Tonight we have a very special guest blog post from a fantastic artist, Stephen Bedser.  Stephen has previously written for LocoYard and today we are at his final part of his mini series on how his does his paintings. To catch up on his previous posts you can new find it on his own dedicated page…

Review of 2014 – Heritage Railways

Continuing our summary of 2014 we look at Heritage Railway articles, of which there are lots, so make a cup of tea, coffee (or whatever you wish) and read on! 2014 was a year of many commemorations and anniversaries.  One such anniversary was the ten year anniversary of the “Last Thump” when the venerable class…

A Fitting Memorial

Collett Goods number 3205 is a favourite locomotive of mine and I was very happy to see it, albeit briefly in the rain on my last visit to the South Devon Railway (click here for more).  The locomotive has been repainted in lined BR Green which suits it very well in my opinion.  I noticed…

Thunder Without Lightning: The Growl Of A 37

During the heavy rain that accompanied my visit to the South Devon Railway (click here for more), a low growl could be felt as I arrived at Buckfastleigh.  But this was not thunder, although at first it seemed that it might be.  It was the sound of an English Electric class 37 diesel, a machine…

56xx 5643

56xx 5643 was one of three locomotives in steam on the day I visited the Bluebell Line (click here to read more).  The others being SECR H class 263 and SECR C class 592.  The locomotive is on loan to the Bluebell Line from the Furness Rail Trust until December 2014.

Southern Steam – This Year So Far

This video shows Steam in the South of England during the first few months of 2014. Many highlights have been picked out for this video from the first half of this year, so sit back and enjoy! February 8th – 35028 ‘Clan Line’ chatters through Chilworth with the ‘British Pullman’ March 1st – 44932 heads…