Crimson Lake Crab

Arguably one of the more striking of steam locomotive liveries; the deep red, maroon, carmine or crimson lake was used by the former London, Midland and Scottish Railway, inherited from the Midland Railway.  The Hughes Crab (or Horwich Mogul) wore this stunning livery at the beginning of its career, before being relegated somewhat by being painted black as…

Scotsman 2016

The National Railway Museum have published details of plans for the world’s most famous steam locomotive’s first year of operation after completion of its major overhaul.  According to the latest official Flying Scotsman overhaul blog entry* to-date (as this article is published,) Riley and Sons still plan to complete the Flying Scotsman’s overhaul later this…

Susan

One of the delights of the modern heritage railway is it’s ability to surprise you when you find something unusual.  So it was just over a week ago when I met Susan for the first time on the South Devon Railway.  Susan at first glance might look like a diesel shunter, but she is a steam locomotive! …

Being Nosey

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and with that in mind, tonight we hope to flatter the inspiration for this blog post – Akron Railroad Club’s blog’s post; Just Being Nosey With My Camera (click here to read).  It’s interesting to find how relatively few of these shots I could muster, though when…

Here’s One We Did Earlier – 925 Cheltenham

As the day that I will be working on the CanPac project for the Watercress Line approaches, it has given me a little time to reflect on the last steam locomotive to emerge from Eastleigh’s locomotive works after an overhaul.  After spending many (if not all) of its’ preserved life on static display, the National Railway Museum’s…

UK Heritage Hub – Best of 2014

  2014 has been an incredible year for the steam preservation movement in the UK, with some spectacular performances, unusual railtours and wonderful weather for some incredible photographs and videos. In this video, UK Heritage Hub presents some of the finest videos and performances from a wide variety of locomotives throughout 2014, from right around…

Some you win, some you lose

Good evening, Yesterday was one of the few times a year that a steam special passes close to my house so I planned to make the most of it. Tangmere is always a locomotive I liked seeing, the weather was cold but sunny which is great for photography as the smoke and steam effect is…