Not The Last Thump!

Today marked the first of a series of celebrations at various preserved railways around the country marking ten years since the withdrawal of Class 201-207’s, affectionately known as “Thumpers”.  Ten years ago the last of this type on still working on the mainline ran “The Last Thump”, so fittingly these celebrations have been called “Not…

Stars of the Mid-Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014 Part 8 – Schools Class 925 Cheltenham

This is the last blog post looking at the stars of the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014 and the third product of Richard Maunsell (the other two being 850 Lord Nelson and U class 31806).  As with Lord Nelson, this locomotive is a member of the National Collection and preserved in the vibrant Malachite Green…

Stars of the Mid-Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014 Part 7 – British Railways Standard Class 9F – 92212

During the Saturday of the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014, this magnificent locomotive spent the day at Ropley.  It was (as Simon described it) playing the role of the Thunderbird – the rescue locomotive.  It was good to see this big powerful locomotive again, after it’s long stay at the Bluebell Railway.