Shillingstone station lies between Blandford and Sturminster Newton stations on the line from Evercreech junction to Wimborne. The station was opened 1863 by the Somerset and Dorset Railway although the station was built by the Dorset Central Railway. It is the last surviving Dorset Central Railway station and as such is important from both architectural and historical perspectives.
Top ten lists are always fun, people create them for just about everything and not everyone agrees with the list anyway. But isn’t that part of the fun of them?
So here’s my top ten list of steam locomotives, the astute among you will notice that in some cases I’ve chosen a class rather than a particular member of that class. Some of you will call this cheating, and perhaps it is, but after much thought there are some cases where I really couldn’t decide between the representatives of the class.
On Saturday 12th August three friends and I set out from London Euston on a voyage of discovery. Our journey started about a class 390 Pendolino unit, which was a first for me as I’d not ridden in one before.
Sorry, cricket fans this post has nothing whatever to do with cricket, it just seemed an appropriate title.
50 years ago on 9th July 1967 steam locomotives ceased running on the Southern Region of British Railways. The once proud gleaming products of British engineering were towed away to scrap yards to be cut up. Continue reading “50 Not Out!”
The Launceston Steam Railway is a narrow gauge line that runs for two and a half miles from Launceston to New Mills. Its main station at Launceston is just full of that special character that makes narrow gauge railways so appealing and the whole site looks like it has been there for the last 150 years or so. Continue reading “Launceston Steam Railway”
The Cotswold Festival of Steam is the name that the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway give to their annual steam gala and is usually held over the May Bank Holiday weekend. This year the gala’s theme was ‘Workhorses of Steam’. Continue reading “Cotswold Festival of Steam.”
This year’s Spring Steam Gala was held over the weekend of 27th to the 30th April. If you wanted to put a theme or title to the gala it would have to be “Black Engines” because nearly every loco was in BR black livery.
I sometimes wonder if we railway photographers take ourselves and our hobby a bit too seriously. We go to great lengths to pick just the right location and just the right angle, we worry if the sun is in just the wrong place Continue reading “You can’t be serious!”
One of the things about digital photographs is that it is very easy to edit them, that lamppost growing out of someone’s head is no longer a problem, nor is that disembodied arm at the edge of the picture. Photoshop, or one of its brothers, is your friend!
The railway line through what was later to become Whitton station was opened in 1848 by the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway which in 1850 was absorbed into the London and South Western Railway which in turn was amalgamated into the Southern Railway in 1923.