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…
60163 was built in 2008 and was the first mainline steam locomotive built in the UK since 92220 Evening star. Tornado’s story is a very interesting one. Rather than repeat it here, I urge you to check out the A1 Steam Trusts web site (click here) to find out more.
As you read this, for the first time in at least 45 years, all 6 remaining LNER A4 pacific’s are on the same depot, and fittingly, that is York, 50A, now the home of the National Railway Museum. 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ arrived last Monday from its home base of Grosmont on the NYMR, joining…
Our “stead” for the day whilst visiting the Swanage Railway was the rather magnificent rebuilt West Country Pacific 34028 Eddystone.
By now I’m sure many of you have heard the exciting news of high speed steam in 2013! A4 pacific 4464 Bittern has been given special dispensation to run at 90MPH to coincide with the 75 anniversary of classmate 4468 Mallard breaking the world steam record.
60163 A1 Pacific Tornado is in many ways a modern miracle. 60163 was built in 2008 and was the first mainline steam locomotive built in the UK since 92220 Evening star.
Yesterday; Castle class 5043 ran from Solihull to Salisbury, where I saw it with my good friend
With the opening of the Bluebell Railway’s northern extension tomorrow, a model of one of the line’s locomotive’s seemed appropriate. So here we have, unrebuilt West Country Bulleid Pacific 21C123 Blackmoor Vale!
Today we have a look at the Watercress Line’s resident ex-LMS “Black 5” 45379,
Whilst waiting for passing trains at Ropley on the Watercress Line, I took some time to get a set of pictures of Bulleid unrebuilt West Country pacific 34007 Wadebridge. I hope you enjoy the results!