A Weekend Touring Ropley

The 19th and 20th September 2015 the Watercress Line are holding their open weekend.  As well as running an intensive service of four trains (consisting of two steam hauled passenger, one steam hauled demonstration freight and one heritage diesel DEMU) the railway have opened up most of the works in Ropley.  My task for the day…

Ropley Update

Steam gala’s on the Watercress Line present great opportunities to explore the workshops to see how various overhauls and restoration of different locomotives are progressing.  Even considering the recent departures of all but one of John Bunch’s locomotives, the railway has an impressive fleet.  The fate of this one locomotive, BR standard 5MT class 73096…

He waits, that’s what he does….

Following the posting of photograph of a rainbow (click here), taken as Stanier Black 5 45379 passed by, today’s blog post is a reflection on the waiting game.  Sometimes we railway enthusiasts will stand for quite some time in the cold or wet waiting for the fleeting moment when a locomotive will charge past, giving…