On Shed – July 2015 Edition


” Preserving the steam locomotive legacy.. and more..on film”

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The Torbay Express at Tiverton Parkway

The Torbay Express at Tiverton Parkway.THE TORBAY EXPRESS steam-hauled train follows the route of Brunel’s picturesque Great Western Railway, speeding across the Somerset levels.(C) TFC


Welcome..and news…

Steam Tube Photographic Highlights
Steam Tube Video Highlights
Steam Tube Blogs
100 Trains….the journey so far….
Tornado…The Story so far…
New & ReBuild News.
B & O Railroad Museum TV
A-Z Great Railway Engineers (S)
Mainline Steam Schedule
On This Day in History.
Radstock to Frome Railway Project
Christian Wolmar…
Around the World in 80 Railways. (No 60:Newfoundland)
30742 Charters


Welcome..and news…

A warm welcome to this edition of “On Shed”. And a special “thank you” to those who have taken the time to film and photograph steam action on both the mainline and at heritage railways. Without your contributions, there would be no Steam Tube!

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Vine, and “Peter’s Railway” will continue to sponsor our banner through 2015 and into 2016.

And for those who follow the adventures of Peter’s Railway, the latest book in the series is now available….


Great Train Robbery – Out Now! Order here          Book 5, Available now 

Another of our supporters, Iain McGeachin at 100Trains, is embarking on a new adventure in support of the ATAXIA Foundation…Read all about it in this edition.

And here is a question from Adrian Vaughan..in connection with a photograph entitled “Clifford Sidings” (this is one for the SMJ members on Steam Tube..


The Webb-Thompson staff instrument can be seen, sort of mistily, just again the near window. Driver handing that for the section in rear but there is no evidence that he is going to be given one for the next section yet he is clearly running on the ‘wrong’ line…..can some-one explain? We await……………

So, without further ado…here is this month’s “On Shed”……….Enjoy!

Steam Tube Photographic Highlights(31,231 to view!)

Just got here'Arriving at Winchcombe'. an original painting (size 20in x16in)  by Kevin Alun Parrish  April 20152012011509484329216960 Raveningham hall

201201151003404511DSC0840992214 as 92220 'Evening Star'The Torbay Express at Tiverton Parkway

5043 crosses the Coventry canalReflections 47406 into 47203 take 4GWR 'Modified Hall' Class 6960 Raveningham Hall WSR Minehead 13-05-2015GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0 7828 Odney Manor Minehead WSR 13-06-2015

'44814' at QuornTaking on water at HellifieldBB6KESR3  do we have time for a cuppa

60163 app Blackford with The Highland Rambler5043 Stratford upon Avon 21/5/15S15 - no. 847clifford


Steam Tube Video Highlights (6,858 to view!)

The second Fellsman of 2015LMS Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman at Clitheroe Railway Station with 'The Fellsman'5043 Clags Through The Rain - The Whistling Ghost III - 2015Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - A rural idyll

Mainline Steam in Bulgaria - Burgas to Haskovo - Pt 1 - Burgas to KermenGreat Central Railway - Wartime WeekendEpping Ongar Railway, Steam Gala pt1, Sat 6 June 201561306 Mayflower Pounds Campden Bank - The Cathedrals Express - 2015

46115 Charges up Wilpshire on The CME 6/6/15Ribble Steam RailwayLMS 46115 Roars over Grayrigg summit on the Cumbrian Mountain Express 6th June  2015.Dampflokwerk Meiningen | Tour | Besichtigung | 14.02.2015

Vintage Train Day 14th June 201545407 & 61264 Power Away From Ramsbottom - East Lancs RailwayDouble steam tours - 5043 & 61306Ride of steam train in Solvayovy quarries

The Torbay Express at Tiverton ParkwayPontypool & Blaenavon Railway 'Teddy Bear's Picnic' Weekend  May 2015A Steam Train from Porthmadog to Caernarfon on the Welsh Highland Railway 04/06/2015 (Part 1)34067 'Tangmere' on 1Z82/1Z83 through Eastleigh on 20/6/15.


Steam Tube Blogs (Total of 442 in Library!)

Dave Wilson continues to both inform and entertain with his blogs…

As an example of his recent uploads, take a look at “Not Metroland”

The very mention of Metroland would make you think of John Betjeman, wouldn’t it?

Read on…………


Scanned from an old print, the photograph shows Metropolitan Railway E Class 0-4-4T No.1, along with a pair of matching Metropolitan Railway carriages, in a location, a mill(ion) miles from Home counties suburbia, metaphorically speaking. The building behind the engine is Ingrow Mill, once upon a time it spun fine worsted for natty, city gent’s, suits – today, it’s an apartment building.

No.1 was built at Neasden, in 1896, a location well known to the readers of Private Eye and devotees of the legendary soccer manager Ron Knee, aged 59. The carriages, in No.1’s train, were built either side of WWI, Ingrow worsted mill dates to the 1820s, the first section of the Metropolitan Railway, between Paddington and Farringdon Street, opened to the public in January 1863. The Metropolitan Railway, the first underground railway in the World, was the brain child of Charles Pearson, sadly, Pearson died just months before the railway was opened to the public – one can scarcely imagine London without an Underground.

After the Metropolitan Railway extension opened, (‘Metroland’), in stages between 1869 and 1897, one could take tea with an heiress in St.John’s Wood, before travelling to Aylesbury and enjoying a duck, for supper….. Ilkla moor bhat ‘at ne’er saw ducks the like o’ they in Aylesbury – heiresses were thin on t’ ground an awl. (The actual Ilkley Moor is just a mile or two over the hill, the one closest to the main mill building, that is.)

Metropolitan No.1 is usually resident at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, at Quainton Rd. Station, her two coaches are part of the Vintage Carriage Trust’s collection. The VCT have a museum adjacent to Ingrow Station, on the K&WVR, and a fine collection of other vintage carriages and  associated exhibits, small and large can be found there.

If you enjoy my photos and writingI’m sure you’d enjoy my ebook ‘Gricing’ the sales of which help to keep this blog running. The links below will take you to it. You can read a sample for free and you don’t need a Kindle – there’s a free app so you can read it, and view the photos at screen size, on your PC.  HERE

100 Trains….the journey so far….

The last few months have been very trying for Iain McGeachin. As followers of this blog will know, Iain had to cut short his two earlier attempts to go around the world in 100 train  journeys.

He has since been diagnosed with ATAXIA, which is a degenerative condition..

According to the ATAXIA website, “The word “ataxia”, comes from the Greek word, ” a taxis” meaning “without order or incoordination”. The word ataxia means without coordination. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. The word ataxia is often used to describe a symptom of incoordination which can be associated with infections, injuries, other diseases, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxia is also used to denote a group of specific degenerative diseases of the nervous system called the hereditary and sporadic ataxias which are the National Ataxia Foundation’s primary emphases.”

So, Iain has had to rethink his life…but is now more determined than ever to complete his goal..and actually do the whole trip, from the start, early next year. And while he’s doing this, he will be drawing attention to ATAXIA, and raising funds for Ataxia research.

He told “On Shed  “….I will now do the WHOLE trip again, and use the journey to raise funds for  Ataxia UK, and to raise awareness of ataxia worldwide. I have already been
in touch with representatives of the national ataxia charities in  Australia and Italy, just tentatively, but it now looks like the journey will also be used as a way of uniting ataxia supporters worldwide (early days still, but a plan is formulating to travel/meet up with ataxia reps/sufferers/supporters as I go).

In the meantime, we can support his effort by doing our online shopping ……HERE

For some insight into this disease, watch this video…

Iain added..As part of the fundraising for the trip I will be doing the Ataxia UK  “City Bridges Challenge” in London on Sunday September 20. It’s only  walking around London for 6.3 miles – but 6.3 miles is a bit of a challenge these days sadly.
It seems like a roundabout way of raising funds for Ataxia UK (first the funding of the train trip, which will then be used 100% to raise funds for Ataxia UK), but I have spoken to the people at Ataxia UK and they are  happy for it to be done this way.

The train trip is planned to restart on January 23 next year(2016). It will be  my 50th birthday on that day, and I can’t think of a better way to mark  the occasion.”

Steam Tube and On Shed wish Iain well as he embarks on this new stage of his life.

Perhaps we can show some kind of support for those Ataxia sufferers..and their carers, in some way.

Tornado…The Story so far…


The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is delighted to announce the locomotive’s return to service following the completion of her eight month, £400,000 overhaul at Darlington Locomotive Works (DLW). The £3m locomotive was completed at DLW in 2008 after 18 years of construction and fundraising and named by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall the following year. During 2015, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is celebrating its Silver Jubilee – 25 years since the project to build a new ex-LNER Peppercorn class A1 was launched in 1990.

Newly repainted into her glorious apple green livery, Tornado steamed at Darlington Locomotive Works on Wednesday 10th June undergoing tests before moving by road to Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon on Friday 12th June for commissioning and mileage accumulation over the next few days. On Wednesday 17th June No. 60163 Tornado undertook  her main line test run and travelled from Shildon in County Durham to Millerhill depot near Edinburgh in preparation for a series of trains in Scotland.

Tornado’s packed main line and heritage railway diary for the rest of 2015 includes (see www.a1steam.com for details):

  • 7th July (new date)  – ‘The White Rose’ King’s Cross to York with D9009 Alycidon and return with No. 60163 Tornado – A1SLT booking through UK Railtours
  • 12th July – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear and return – Torbay Express
  • 26th July – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear and return – Torbay Express
  • 2nd August – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear and return – Torbay Express
  • 8th August – The Golden Age of Travel lunchtime excursion – Belmond British Pullman
  • 11th August – 2nd September – Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough
  • 23rd September – London Victoria to Bristol and return – Belmond British Pullman
  • 26th September – ‘The Silver Jubilee Talisman’ London to York, Darlington and Newcastle – A1SLT booking through UK Railtours
  • 6th November – The Golden Age of Travel lunchtime excursion – Belmond British Pullman
  • 8th December – Christmas Lunch – Belmond British Pullman
  • 12th December – Christmas Lunch – Belmond British Pullman
  • 31st December – ‘St. Mungo Anniversary Tour’ – York to Newcastle and return – A1SLT (details tbc)

The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.

60163 Tornado over Beattock on the Border Reivers 27/6/15.60163 through Pitlochry 22 06 1560163 Tornado on loaded test run at Grantshouse 17-06-1560163 Tornado-The Highland Rambler 20-06-15

New & ReBuild News.

Latest progress on P2’s Facebook page…..


Latest News Here

Project Miller 41001 Returns!.

US Union Pacific Big Boy 4014
Latest News..and Video..HERE.




The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) T1 Steam Locomotive Trust

More information at: http://prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org/news.php

Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2
. Photo

Photo courtesy B & O Museum

Latest News on Facebook..HERE



Project 6029 (Beyer Garratt 6029 ex-NSWGR) Up to date information regarding steam locomotive 6029 in Canberra, ACT Australia. Beyer Garratt 6029 is an EX NSWGR locomotive and was a member of the largest, and most powerful class in Australia. The restoration to full working order has been  undertaken by volunteers in Canberra.

Latest News…HERE


Claud Hamilton:

Fund our Frames!
Donate just £5 to help to get this project started. We are starting with the buffer beam, We have been quoted a cost of £1300. Thats if 260 people donate just £5, we will be able to see the first part of a Claud for over 50 years.

We aim to build and operate the Great Eastern Railways legendary 4-4-0 D16/2 “Claud Hamilton” steam locomotive, No.8783 to be named “Phoenix”.

The Claud Hamilton group is now linked to the Whitwell and Reepham Railway, Providing expert help and a home base for the locomotive in the future.


To read about the “Ground Up Club”, and the latest news about the V499 project, go to



1498 Preservation Group

Good afternoon all. Well as you are all aware we have finally got agreement in order to be able to secure 1498s future however there is still a long way to go, we need to find her a secure long term home and to this end we are currently in talks with heritage railways more details on this will be released as and when known. However before this can happen we need your help we need to raise an awful lot of money in order to purchase the unit and then move it off the E O R, so please folks consider helping us to secure 1498’s future. We need your help so please donate to us the address for donations is on this page so please help us and remeber everything you donate large or small helps us to secure her future everything goes to buy move and restore 1498. Please help us please donate today. Many thanks 1498 Preservation Group.

1498 Preservation Group

You can now donate to the group through this Facebook page by visiting the DONATE tab above and then clicking donate or via this link


B & O Railroad Museum TV:

Each month the B&O TV Network, starring actor Michael Gross, spotlights a moment in B&O Railroad history. Take a journey into the past and view one or all of these episodes posted on YouTube.


A-Z Great Railway Engineers (W)

Richard Paul Wagner (GER) Chief of Design for Deutsche Reichsbahn 1922–1942; responsible for standard locomotive designs (Einheitslokomotiven)

Egide Walschaerts, (Belgium), engineer and inventor of the Walschaerts valve gear (also called the Heusinger valve gear)

David Wardale  5AT project…

James Watt, improvements to the steam engine

Alan Griffiths Watson (US?)

Francis Webb, CME of the London & North Western Railway, a pioneer in the use of steel for locomotives

Max Maria von Weber(GER) railway engineer and author

Hans Wendler (GER)  railway engineer in the GDR, Wendler coal-dust firing system

George Westinghouse,(US) designed the first through compressed air brake in trains

William Wilson, first locomotive driver in Germany

Ross Winans (US), a prolific inventor and builder of early American locomotives

Gustav Wittfeld 1855 – 1923, (GER)developments on steam locomotives and electric railway vehicles

Thomas William Worsdell

Johann Friedrich Ludwig Wöhlert (GER) 1797 – 1877l early German industrialist and locomotive manufacturer in Berlin.

Carl Wurmb  (Austria) builder of the Tauernbahn


Mainline Steam Schedule

This listing is offered in good faith, so there is no guarantee offered or implied.
Please confirm running with the relevant tour operator.
And adhere, please, to Network Rail’s photographic guidelines…..HERE

The tour schedule for July 2015..and beyond..can be found  at Railway Herald

On This Day In History


The Great Western Railway of England introduces the express train between London Paddington and Penzance in Cornwall which becomes known as the Cornish Riviera Express


Public inauguration of Midland Railway Lancaster–Morecambe–Heysham electrification system (6.6 kV A.C. at 25 Hz), the first overhead wire scheme on a passenger railway in England


“Mallard” Gresley A4…set new world record speed of 126 mph over 300 yards near Peterborough,(Driver Duddington, Fireman Bray from Doncaster) Over 5 miles maintained an average of 120 mph.( Now reduced to a static display!)


Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened throughout to Darjeeling, India


Bournemouth Belle  all Pullman service introduced.


The first main-line electric express runs from London Bridge station to Three Bridges in Sussex


UK: The “Coronation Scot” breaks record  from London to Edinburgh.


Canada: At Lac-Megantic, A  Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train  carrying 72 cars of crude oil, was parked shortly before midnight on Friday in the town of Nantes about seven miles (11km) away. It later rolled downhill, gathering speed until it derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded. Death toll in region of 50 + .


Royal Assent granted to the Parliamentary Act to form the Talyllyn Railway Company giving powers to compulsorily acquire land to build the Railway.


1978: Eleven die in sleeper train inferno.Eleven people have been killed and seventeen injured in a blaze on the Penzance-to-Paddington sleeper train.

Early reports suggest that the fire was started by a discarded cigarette or an electrical fault near one of the top bunks in a second-class compartment.

An attendant pulled the emergency cord on the 2130 from Penzance and the train stopped, half a mile from its next scheduled halt at Taunton, Somerset at 0248 BST (0148 GMT).


British Rail given the go ahead to raise fares by 50%


SNCF inter city train derails at Bretigny-sur-Orge, south of Paris, killing at least six people.


Munich: Experimental train reported to average 81 mph and reaching 98mph maximum


Opening of the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon railway in Switzerland, including the 14.6 km (9 mi) Lötschberg Tunnel


Opening of Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway on the English Channel coast (8.25 mi (13 km) of 15 in (381 mm) gauge).


Picnic Train disaster (17th July 1856) on the North Pennsylvania Railroad (with 56 fatalities.. and an engineer, later exonerated of blame, who committed suicide) speeded  up the use of telegraph communications.                         Source: CW “The Great Railway Revolution” p 208


Sudbury Town station on London Underground Piccadilly line opens as rebuilt by Charles Holden, the first of his iconic modern designs for the network


Paris Metropolitain (or metro underground system) opens.


Atlantic Coast Express introduced. Leaves Waterloo at 11am for Devon and Cornwall destinations.


The Somerset and Dorset Railway opened their northern extension from Evercreech Junction to Bath , to a junction with the Midland Railway half a mile from Bath station.

SDJR no 88 at Toddington

SDJR No 88 at Toddington on the Gloucester Warwicks Railway, early 2009


The Trans-Siberian railway is completed

Christian Wolmar – To The Edge of The World at the Hay Festival 2014


Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits announces that due to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria this day at Sarajevo, the Orient Express will terminate in Bucharest and not go on to Constantinople

April to July 1932

Intermittent operation of Ro-Railer between Blisworth and  Startford-upon-Avon and the Welcombe Hotel.


The London and South Western Railway introduces a new Continental service, Southampton-Havre


Surrey Iron Railway (Wandsworth to Croydon) opens. Double tracked and horse operated.


The Hall Road rail accident near Liverpool in England kills 21 people


 Radstock to Frome Railway Project

Latest News from this group can be found HERE


Christian Wolmar…

Book review: The English Railway Station

Keep up with Christian Here


Around the World in 80 Railways.No 60: Newfoundland

Exploring the Newfoundland Railway 115 Argentia branchline – South of Long Harbour Access road
Added by Darrell Steele on June 13, 2015

Great day for a hike! 6.5 kilometers we walked today, we came back with a great assortment of relics.


Wattrain - Working to ensure the preservation of the World’s railway heritage.

At this very moment in time someone will be riding a heritage tram or train somewhere in the world and it is WATTRAIN’s aim to ensure that this will be the case for many years to come. Although different countries may have different laws and cultures, our heritage trams and trains all face the same sorts of issues; finance; restoration costs; Insurance; volunteer shortages and other similar things. WATTRAIN is here to bring organisations together, to allow them to learn from each other, passing on new ideas and also showing others what to avoid on their way to succeeding in their efforts.
If you or your organisation agrees with what we are trying to achieve, please consider joining us in our endeavours details can be found on our membership pages.
Although there are many activities in the heritage and tourist railway sector in the Asia – Pacific region, they are busily advancing their plans separately; it seems there is little co-operation between countries. On the other hand, the international co-operation has been achieved and succeeded in the other rigion: Europe, North and Latin America and Whole World. It is essential to establish and improve regional co-operation. This should be closer, more frequent and appropriate at the local level than worldwide level. APHTRO, Asia Pacific Heritage and Tourist Rail Organisation will mainly help the improvement of our treasured heritage railways and museums by forming a co-operative organisation to unite the countries. It will provide a forum where we can share experience and exchange ideas, advice and information in many aspects. APHTRO is able to act an important role and contribute to the growth and development of the heritage and tourist railways in the Asia – Pacific region.

Booking for this year’s APHTRO Conference
in Bangkok, Thailand, 20(optional), 21-23 October
is open now.

Your attendance will be wrmly welcomed.
Please visit our website for details;

Extracts from newsletter Loco Shed No 7

Accelerating on the main line (Kyoichi Oda, President)

We have left our starting station, are running on mainline, increasing speed. I would like to thank all who help and support our activities, and hope these would help improve and propel railway heritage in the Asia – Pacific region.

Top news since our last newsletter is that APHTRO, on 2nd April, was incorporated in Queensland, Australia.

The other big news is that our Taiwanese friends, Railway Cultural Society Taiwan has succeeded to save the Taipei Railway Workshop as a historical Monument. I profoundly praise their great achievement.

Our important forthcoming business is forming a committee and establishing a charter at our next conference, 20-23 October in Bangkok, Thailand.

We will make step by step progress, with our wonderful heritage railway friends from many Asia – Pacific countries: we all have quite different backgrounds, but have the same passion for Railway Heritage!

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60163 Tornado with The Prince's Trust

60163 Tornado with The Prince’s Trust.Racing through Aberdour station in Fife just before midnight on Tuesday 25th June 2015.(C) Derek Penny