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…

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.

West Somerset Railway 21st Gala March 1997; My Journey in becoming a Steam Enthusiast, Part 7 Chapter 2

Continuing from last Saturday’s post is the final chapter of part 7 in my journey in becoming a steam enthusiast.  I hope all locoyard followers will enjoy these photographs! Todays post begins in Minehead and then follows 43xx Class 7325 and Castle Class 7029 Clun Castle double-heading to Bishops Lydeard. Post thread continues – click…

West Somerset Railway 21st Gala March 1997; My Journey in becoming a Steam Enthusiast, Part 7 Chapter 1

Following on from my previous post, this is one of the final of this series of memories and a fantastic one at that!  One of my most fond steam memories from my younger years came from a visit to the West Somerset Railway when it was celebrating its 21st anniversary in March 1997.  An incredible…