London Transport Pannier

One of the worst kept secrets of steam locomotive colour schemes was discovered a long time before Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle (click here for more).  It is a secret that many of a western persuasion would probably keep to themselves… The  secret being that Great Western Railway locomotives painted red look very good.

A Room With A View

With the exception of the picture at the top of this blog post, every picture you will see here was taken from the “Devon Belle” Pullman observation car on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (PDSR) .  The carriage is one of two that ran on the Southern Railway’s Devon Belle express from London Waterloo…

Buckfastleigh, South Devon Railway 2014

If you ask a railway enthusiast to name a great locomotive works, you could get many replies.  Doncaster, Derby, Swindon, Crewe, Eastleigh, St Rollox, Darlington, Brighton… a list could on and on.  But these days things are different, most of the former works have declined, disappeared or evolved into a new use.  However, there are…

Lydham Manor

As with it’s fellow Paignton and Dartmouth Railway based cousin 5239 Goliath that  featured on Saturday (click here to read more),  7827 Lydham Manor has for many years been one of the stalwarts of the line’s fleet.  It also shares a similar history in it’s preservation; being an ex-Barry scrapyard locomotive.


As promised when we looked at posters, railwayana and other details (click here for more) at Buckfastleigh, this is the report looking at a site visit to Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway,  that include photographs of 1366 class pannier tank 1369 in steam, as well as other locomotives, both steam and diesel..

Trago Mills 00 Scale Model Railway

Trago Mills in Devon is one of a small chain of stores in the West Country and can be found near Newton Abbott.  Last year I visited the store and although I reported on two small layout’s to be found there (click here for more), unfortunately I missed seeing the massive 00 scale layout.  Fortunately…