Rules are Rules

Tonight we have a great story from retired Engine Driver John Anthony, who recounts how a rule had to be broken to become a steam locomotive driver.  So without further ado, here’s something that might come as a surprise to some!  Please note that the picture is just for illustrative purposes.

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…

Stars of the Mid-Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014 Part 7 – British Railways Standard Class 9F – 92212

During the Saturday of the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014, this magnificent locomotive spent the day at Ropley.  It was (as Simon described it) playing the role of the Thunderbird – the rescue locomotive.  It was good to see this big powerful locomotive again, after it’s long stay at the Bluebell Railway.

Model of the Week – Rebuilt West Country Class – 34026 Yes Tor

The West Country class were one of Southern Railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer OVS Bulleid’s idiosyncratic designs.  They were classified as Mixed Traffic locomotives, mainly so that authorisation to build would be granted – these are essentially an express locomotive design.  Originally all were built with “air smoothed casing” to facilitate cleaning through mechanical washers, they…