Maunsell’s W Class

Three years ago we published an article about Maunsell’s ill-fated K (or River) class.  The K class were a 2-6-4T design that were later converted into 2-6-0 U class tender locomotives as a result of a safety review after a number of derailments.  Very little goes to waste on railways and so this was not the…

Locomotives on Display at Sheffield Park 2014

No visit to the Bluebell Railway is complete without a peak inside the engine shed, which is home to the largest collection of locomotives of (UK) Southern origin.  The Bluebell Line has another remarkable claim to fame to add to this – it has the largest collection of BR Standard Classes.  Indeed, this collection is…

LSWR B4 0-4-0T Dock Tank

Modellers of a Southern persuasion including myself have a right to be excited today, particularly those of us who love small tank engines that are full of character!  Once a manufacturer with a large range of 00 scale models, Dapol sold their toolings to Hornby and have since concentrated on the N scale market, with…

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…