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…

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…