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.
This year’s Autumn Gala took place from the 21st to the 23rd of October and in keeping with previous galas was a very enjoyable event.
When it comes to planning which railways I’ll visit each year the two West Somerset galas have first claim on my diary (and if you want to know, yes the 2017 gala dates are already in my diary!). This year’s Autumn Gala took place over four days from the 6th to the 9th of October.