Happy Halloween!

As the locoyard layout is dismantled, there will be no Halloween specials today, but nevertheless I wish locoyard followers a happy Halloween 2014!  Far less horrific, tonight at 7PM we will have a look at DJ Models forthcoming releases, so stay tuned!

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.

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…

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…

Stars of the Mid-Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014 Part 2 – Metropolitan Railway E Class 0-4-4T No 1

The only small locomotive running at the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014 was also the most colourful and oldest.  Built in 1898 at Neasden Works for the Baker Street to Verney Junction service of the Metropolitan Railway, what is now part of the Metropolitan Line on the London Underground network, this locomotive is a rare…