On Shed: October 2015 Edition.


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

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Metropolitan Railway No 1 and the former Rewley Road station

Metropolitan Railway No 1 and the former Rewley Road station (C) Dick Bodily

Welcome..and news…

Editor’s Selection: The Royal Train

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
Mainline Steam Schedule
On This Day in History.
Radstock to Frome Railway Project
Christian Wolmar…
Around the World in 80 Railways. (No 63:Pakistan Railways)
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Welcome..and news…

A warm welcome to this October 2015 edition of “On Shed”,  Steam Tube’s monthly newsletter and features magazine.

In this month’s edition there are the usual regular features…a look at some video and photographic highlights from the uploads to Steam Tube  during the last month..On This Day in History… New and Rebuild news and progress reports and links…and an introduction to Pakistan Railways.

Firstly, the Editor’s Selection…The Royal Train

The text of this article appears by kind permission of the author, Cindy Stockman, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Central website

‘All Aboard’ – A complete guide to the Royal Train

The Royal Train has been the mobile residence of the Sovereign for over 150 years.

The train is comprised of nine coaches that may easily be changed depending on who is using the train. The usual configuration is seven carriages. It is a rare occasion for all nine of the coaches to be used at once unless Her Majesty, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are all travelling together. It is Prince Charles, though, who uses the train most often. The current nine claret saloons as they are called, have been riding the rails since 1977. Back then, fourteen saloons were available for use for all senior members of the Royal Family. As the 1990s approached and cutting costs were inevitable, the saloons were downsized to the nine in use today. Travel aboard the Royal Train is now only available to Her Majesty, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Her Majesty’s saloon contains a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. The bedroom is decorated in soft pastel colours. There is a single bed complete with lace timed pillows containing Her Majesty’s cipher. Decorating is minimal with a few Scottish landscape paintings and prints of Royal Trains of the past.

The bathroom is fitted with a full-size bath. As the train chugs along through the country, the operators are keenly aware that at around 7:30 am the train must drop its speed in order to assure Her Majesty’s bath is not sloshing around during the ride.

Queen Victoria made history when she rode a train for the first time in 1842. Having liked the ride she did make it clear that she “would not eat nor go to the lavatory on board,” Robert Hardman reports in The Daily Mail. So what were known as “lavish refreshment buildings” were fashioned on the route to Scotland. Deciding she enjoyed the train, Queen Victoria later had the carriages become the Royal Train. To make travel a bit more convenient, Prince Albert had the initial train commode installed. When George V was King, he was the first individual to have a bath fitted on a train.

In the sitting room, there is a sofa, armchairs and a smaller table where breakfast is served to Her Majesty and Prince Phillip. The sitting room is also where Her Majesty will sit at her desk and go over what papers she needs to see in the infamous ‘red boxes’. As for privacy, each window has curtains and drapery that allow Her Majesty to see out, but no one may see in.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s saloon is similar to that of Her Majesty’s minus the colour scheme of course. His Royal Highness does have in his saloon, though, a small but fully electric kitchen. The Duke had the kitchen installed as he often travels alone and, therefore, does not need the entire train.

The sitting room has a sofa, chairs, an extendable table and desk. Prince Philip “uses the train as a mobile office,” Brian Hoey wrote in the Daily Mail. “The armchairs are comfortable but not of the deep ‘sink-down’ type because The Duke of Edinburgh’s visitors are usually there on official business, and he doesn’t want them to overstay their welcome,” Hoey continued.

During the war, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were touring war-ravaged England. In 1941, a full sized bath was part of a small upgrade. By the end of World War II, the Royal Train had travelled 63,000 miles.

Prince Philip’s saloon is modest in decoration. There are two pieces that stand out: a piece of rail and the Duke’s senior rail card. The Duke has a piece of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s (founder of the Great Western Railway) rail. It was given to His Royal Highness upon the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Great Western Railway. The railcard was presented to him when he qualified for the discount and is “a mock-up dated June 1987 and framed for display,” according to The Telegraph.

Dining on the train does not mean below standard food. Meals are prepared to the same quality of that of the Royal residences. Rail Gourmet’s run by Roger Williams for the past 21 years takes care of the trains dining needs. Having been on over 500 journeys, “We spend quite a bit of time in advance preparing for each journey and the staff are handpicked,” Williams told the Wiltshire Times in 2011. “The role is probably more relaxed than people would imagine as each journey is so planned.

Ken Moule, who has been on the train for over 20 years, is the Senior Railway Steward. In the same Wiltshire interview, Moule commented about breakfast for Her Majesty, “The Queen always enjoys the same breakfast when she is on board of scrambled eggs and bacon.” Moule continued that “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are woken at 7.30am with trays of Earl Grey tea for Her Majesty, with no sugar and coffee for him as he drinks tea only in the afternoon.”

As for tea, “If The Queen wants afternoon tea with toasted teacake or an aperitif (her favourite is one-third gin, two-thirds Dubonnet and lots of ice), if the Duke of Edinburgh wants a glass of Double Diamond beer, or kippers for breakfast, or the Prince of Wales asks for a Welsh rarebit made with his own organic cheese, the team will respond,” Hoey writes.

Night travels Her Majesty may be “offered light refreshments of smoked salmon, warm sausage rolls and chicken or egg sandwiches made with brown and white bread – all with the crusts removed,” according to Hoey.

If occasion does arise and a reception is scheduled, the Royal dining coach can be kitted out as if a State Banquet were to occur at Buckingham Palace, just in a more intimate setting.

According to Hoey there are “few extraordinary culinary demands, unlike some previous monarchs: Edward VII preferred to eat food that had been shot, caught or trapped on his own estates, while Queen Victoria believed it was ‘unnatural’ and harmful to the digestion to eat while on the move.”

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall each has a saloon. Constructed from 1983-1985, they were previously used by His Royal Highness and Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Charles loved planning and design and was, therefore, part of the planning for the Royal Train saloons.

Edward VII believed that the Royal Train “should be as much like the Royal yacht as possible,” Brian Hoey writes in his book The Royal Train. The train does have a resemblance to that of the Britannia.

“The similarities with Britannia are everywhere — from the plain furniture and antiquated telephones to the absence of double beds (if the Duchess of Cornwall is on board, she has her own saloon — complete with pink bathroom),” according to Robert Hardman. A telling statement, The Prince of Wales, has a photo of the much loved Britannia above his bed in his saloon.

The Royal Train is operated by the Network Rail and English, Welsh and Scottish Railway. As for the driver of the train, “There has never been a ‘Royal Train Driver’ but a hand-picked pool of around 150 very senior and experienced drivers. In theory, they take it in turn, but the same 50 or so names appear on the roster time and again. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family like to see familiar faces around them,” according to Hoey.

Planning for use of the train transpires a few months in advance since staff must be procured, and all the details from the train’s engine to the soup spoon must be inspected and attended to accordingly.

As the train travels, one may think it chugs through the entire night, not true. The train “stops in a secluded siding well away from the main line so that the Royal passengers can have an uninterrupted night’s sleep,” Hoey writes. Of course where these sidings are to be found are not known for obvious security reasons. The stops are chosen usually an hour away from final journey’s end. The stops afford the Royal passengers time to rise, dine and get ready for what the day’s programme entails. The arrival of the train is timed to a 5-10-second window for accuracy and as to not interrupt commuter rail service.

The Royal Train is housed in Wolverton, where part-time staff tends to its needs.

The question is, though, is the Royal Train headed in the same direction as Britannia in 1997? “It will certainly be a sad day when there is no longer a claret-coloured saloon carrying the head of state across the nation which invented the train in the first place,” Hardman commented. That certainly would prove another sad event. It does look as though it might be inevitable.

Steam Tube and “On Shed” would like to express appreciation for Royal Central’s website, and particularly Editor in Chief Cindy Stockman, for permission to reproduce the text of this article.

Some Steam Tube images relating to the Royal Train:

NRM 2001LBSCR Gladstone 0-4-2

Victorian Carriage (Maureen Arnold)       LBSCR Gladstone 0-4-2 with Royal Crest (Dick)

Britannia on the Royal Train

Resplendent in its freshly-applied Brunswick green with orange and black lining and newly-refitted nameplates, Riddles 7MT 70000 ‘Britannia’ storms up the bank towards Copy Pit at Cliviger with the Royal Train on January 24 2012. Note the white cab roof – an echo of similar embellishments given to a Royal Train ‘Brit’ in days gone by. Customarily, the locomotive also carries the Union Jack and Welsh flag (the train was carrying HRH the Prince of Wales) on the bufferbeam, along with the Royal Train headcode. The locomotive took over the train at Preston and was en route to Wakefield Kirkgate, where Prince Charles would officially name the locomotive. Since its return to traffic, it had previously carried unlined black without nameplates, the condition in which it entered service when new and which it wore for two weeks in January 1951.(24th January 2012….(C) Andrew Fowler.)


Steam Tube Photographic Highlights(31,651 in Library!)

Greyhound and Standard 4MT45407culross2The Welsh Marshes 29/08/15Small bonfire to burn out blastpipe carbon, Ropley, MHR, 8 September 2015

Smokebox now fitted to #41312 boiler, Ropley, MHR,8 September 2015West Somerset RailwayWest Somerset RailwayWest Somerset Railway

West Somerset RailwayWest Somerset RailwaySao Domingos and P C Allen doubleheading45231 - The Cheshireman

850 Lord NelsonItalian Engine FS 625.017, Castel Gandolfo (Roman Hills), sept, 11 2015Italian Engine FS 625.017, Ciampino Station (near Rome), sept. 11 2015Highway 6

60163 TornadoSteam powered Rotary snow ploughQJ6988 ROCK ISLAND 3Token Exchange at Marley Hill


Steam Tube Video Highlights (7,106 in the Library!)

West Lancashire Light RailwayTrains à vapeur en Belgique - Stoomtreinen in België - Steam trains in Belgium. CFV3V (2011-2014)34067 'Tangmere' on 1Z69 'The DCE.' steaming through Whitchurch(Hants.) on 2/9/15.The Royal Wessex, 34067 Tangmere, 5th September 2015.

LMS 45699 works hard in the sun on the Waverley 6/9/15.45699 Galatea shines on the final Waverley 6/9/15The North Norfolk 2015 Autumn Gala From The Lineside Day 170000 Britannia Stomps Over Tigley & Hemerdon - Royal Duchy - 2015

34067 'Tangmere' on 1Z67 'The DCE.' making up time through Eastleigh on 9/9/15.45690 Digs in at Bleamoor on the CME 15/9/15.Llangollen Railway - Along Branch Lines Steam Gala 2015 - Llangollen StationSevern Valley Railway - Autumn Steam Gala 2015 - Kidderminster Station

5043 Rips The Coastal Explorer over Shap 19/9/15.The Lakes Express Scots Guardsman 17th September 201546115 works the Lakes Express out of Oxenholme 17/9/15.NVR Industrial workhorses, "Small engines, Big Gala" pt5 Sat 12 Sep 2015

46233 The Lakes Express on Shap 14/9/15.NVR Industrial workhorses, "Small engines, Big Gala" pt2 Sat 12 Sep 2015Mayflower Traverses Sheringham CrossingNNR Autumn Steam Gala - A Duo of Standard 9Fs


Steam Tube Blogs (470 in Library)

Forth, Tyne, Dogger. (Dave Wilson..Steam Age Dreams)


Black 5 No.45407 hauling the Fife Circle, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s regular rail tour operation.  No.45407 is seen here steaming, serenely, along the banks of the River Forth, behind is the ancient town of Culross, pronounced, by the locals, with a silent ‘L’. However, turn 180 degrees and the view is very different, the huge Longannet power station looms into view – on the opposite shore is the vast Grangemouth oil refinery – appearances aren’t always what they seem.

There’s an odd railway connection too; Culross is, reputedly, the birth place of Saint Mungo, which was a named train inaugurated, by British Railways, in 1948 – it ran  between Glasgow Buchanan Street and Aberdeen. In the 60s the last of the A4s were to be found working the ‘Saint Mungo’, but if one wasn’t available Black 5s or BR Standard 5s would be turned out.

In an strange way that’s what has happened with the train in this picture too. The original locomotive was to have been the A4 No.60009 Union of South Africa, however, No.60009 had been rostered on ‘Royal Train’ duties and was ‘unavailable’ – so Black 5 to the rescue, ‘just like the old days’.

This is the link to my book “Gricing: The Real Story of the Railway Children.


Below are some totally unsolicited comments from people who have read  Gricing:

‘I’m enjoying your book. It’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot’

‘ I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’.

and from another ‘satisfied’ reader’ – ‘ I was given what I believe to be your book called Gricing the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!’


100 Trains….the journey so far….

100 Trains. THE charity event of 2016.

What? A 50,000km train journey around the world. And not just any old trains either. The highest. The longest. The most iconic.

Why? To raise vital research funds for Ataxia UK, and as a vehicle to unite ataxia sufferers, supporters and charities worldwide.

When? The journey will start on January 23 2016 (my 50th birthday – and I can’t think of a better way of marking the occasion!).

Train highlights: A’REX; Adirondack; Akbar Express; Andean Explorer; Andean Lakes Crossing (bus/ferry); Bergen Railway (Bergensbanen); Berlin-Warszawa-Express; Bernina Express; Blue Train; Bosfor Night Train; c571 Steam Engine; Caledonian Sleeper (The Deerstalker); California Zephyr; Cambrian Coast Line; Cambrian Line; Canadian; Carajas Railroad; Cardinal; Cassiopeia; Centovalli Railway; Cévenol; Chinese Bullet Train; City of New Orleans; Coast Starlight; Coastal Pacific; Conwy Valley Line; Copper Canyon Railway; Countrylink; Crescent; Death Railway; Dovre Railway (Dovrebanen); Elster Valley Railway (Elsterbahn); Empire Builder; Enterprise (Belfast-Dublin); Eurostar; Fairy Queen; Ffestiniog Railway (Snowdonia); Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana); Ghan; Glacier Express; GoldenPass Panoramic Train; Gornergratbahn; Grand Canyon Railway; Great Western Railway; Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Mass Rapid Transit; Gyeongbu Line; Hadrian’s Wall Country Line; Hamanasu; Harz Mountain Railway – Brockenbahn; Harz Mountain Railway – Harzquerbahn; Harz Mountain Railway – Selketalbahn; Heahthrow Express; Heart of Wales Line; Hershey Railway; HEX (Harz Elbe Express); Highland Main Line; Himalayan Queen; Hiram Bingham; Inaho; Indian Pacific; Inlandsbanan; Jacobite Steam Train; Jose Cuervo Express; Jungle Railway; Kangra Queen; Kisuki Line/Gei-bi Line; Kyle Line; La Tronchita; Ligne de Cerdagne (Little Yellow Train); Llanberis Lake Railway; Lokmanya Express; Long Island Railroad; Maharaja’s Express; Mont Blanc Express; Moonlight Echigo; Nariz del Diablo Railroad (“Devil’s Nose”); New Mexico Railrunner; Night Riviera Sleeper; Nilgiri Mountain Railway; North Yorkshire Moors Railway; Northern Explorer; Ocean; Overland; Pacific Surfliner; Rameswaram Express (Boat Mail); Reunification Express; Rovos – Pride of Africa; Sagano Scenic Railway; San Joaquin; San-in Line; San-yo Line; Semmering Railway; Settle-Carlisle Railway; Severn Valley Railway; Shanghai Airport Maglev Train; Shatabdi Express; Shinkansen; Sierra Verde Express; Snowdon Mountain Railway; Sørland Railway (Sørlandsbanen); Southwest Chief; St.Ives Bay Line; Strathspey Steam Railway; Strba Rack Railway; Tatra Electric Railway; Texas Eagle; Thalys; Torbay Express; Townliner (Suspended Monorail); Train des Pignes; Tramway du Mont-Blanc; Trans-Asia Express; Transpyrénéen; Tranzalpine; Trembler (Corsica); Tren a Las Nubes; Tren de Serra; Tren de Sóller; Tren Francès; Tren Patagonico; Tren Turistico de la Araucania; Udarate Menike; Vale of Rheidol Railway; Victoria Peak Funicular Railway (The Peak Tram); Vitoria-Minas Railroad; Welsh Highland Railway; Welsh Marches Line; Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway; West Highland Railway; West Somerset Railway; West Wales Lines; Wilhelm Tell Express; Yal Devi Express.

The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted a few omissions.

First, a rather large omission. The Trans-Siberian Express:

It is impossible to complete a circumnavigation which includes both the Trans-Siberian & Trans-Asia expresses, without some serious backtracking. This was one of the main logistical problems I faced when planning the original 2013 journey. On that ocassion I decided to travel on the Trans Siberian Express, for a couple of reasons. Chief among these was the satisfying of a lifetime’s desire to ride the Trans Siberian. There was a very practical reason too though. At that time, the Marmaray tunnel was still under construction, meaning that the Trans-Asia Express actually started in Ankara (not Istanbul).

There might even be a problem with the Trans-Asia route though. The security situation in Pakistan and south-eastern Iran might be an issue. What is likely to be the biggest problem is obtaining a visa for overland travel through Pakistan – they’re just not giving them out at the moment (for overland travel – I think they don’t want the embarrassment of another Westerner’s death/kidnap on their hands). Plus, although my legs don’t really work that well now, I’d quite like to keep them attached to my body, given the choice. If the security situation in the region is still a problem when I reach New Delhi, then I have a backup plan that involves the old Silk Route through China and the ‘stans.

This is just a summary of the train highlights. You should be able to tell from the map above whether I have missed something. Please let me know if so.

A wee bit of history.


Tim White and myself (left) on the Kyle Line, on Day 1 of the original journey.

I first attempted this journey in 2013. For my own travelling pleasure on that occasion. This original journey, a lifelong dream of mine, was 18 months in the planning.

I was reasonably able-bodied at the start of the journey, in Glasgow, Scotland (although I was already aware that something “wasn’t quite right” healthwise).

However, on reaching Novosibirsk in Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Express, after 21,000km had been completed (rail kilometres), I became rather ill and returned home.

21,000km. Not bad going really.

Since then, it has taken a never-ending stream of doctors and neurologists almost 2 years to identify the cause of my illness. And it is not really good news.

I myself am suffering from a form of cerebellar ataxia.

Ataxia? Never heard of it? Neither had I. And we’re not alone. Around 91% of the UK population have never heard of it either (one of my aims for this journey, is to put a huge dent in that 91% figure!).

So now I will attempt the entire 50,000km journey again. Only this time, I’m making this wee trip to raise vital research funds for Ataxia UK (the national ataxia charity in the UK), and to unite ataxia sufferers and supporters worldwide (there has already been a lot of interest in this journey from around the globe).

Ataxia UK

Ataxia UK is the national charity for ataxia in the UK. They are working very hard to find a cure for one, or all, ataxias by 2020.

Ataxia is a genetic condition that can affect anyone, at any age (just a few years ago, I was a healthy & rather fit young man!).

A cure WILL be found though. Research funds just need to be found first.

So please support the 100 Trains Voyage for Ataxia in any way that you can. Thank you!

100 Trains. Be part of it.

*Paypal will convert to your currency of choice.



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


Tornado…The Story so far…

Recent activity..

– 2nd September – Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough

13th September  – Borders Railway

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23rd September – London Victoria to Bristol and return – Belmond British Pullman

LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 no 60163 Tornado + "BELMOND BRITISH PULLMAN" - 23.09.2015Belmond British Pullman, 60163 Tornado, 23rd September 2015.Tornado 23 09 2015

26th September – ‘The Silver Jubilee Talisman’ London to York, Darlington and Newcastle – A1SLT booking through UK Railtours

Tornado - Langford - 26 Sept 2015

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

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)


New & ReBuild News.

Hengist: Latest news at http://www.72010-hengist.org/

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 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

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.


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 September 2015..and beyond..can be found  at  Railway Herald

On This Day In History



Sir Henry Fowler succeeds George Hughes as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway


The Great Western Railway of England, abolishes second-class rail fares (first- and third-class remain).


Nigel Gresley (later Sir Nigel) becomes Locomotive Engineer, Great Northern Railway


Kirtlebridge rail crash.

An express passenger train ran into a goods train that was shunting; 11 people lost their lives immediately, and one further person succumbed later. The cause was a failure to communicate between the station master in charge of the shunting operation, and the signalman. There was not full interlocking of the points and the block system of signalling was not in use.



Network Rail Ltd. took over control by buying Railtrack which was in “railway administration”, from Railtrack Group plc for £500 million; Railtrack plc was then renamed and reconstituted as Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. The purchase was completed on 3 October 2002


The first ever Express d’Orient passenger train service leaves Paris for Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), by way of Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Giurgiu, then, with passengers crossing the Danube by boat, a second train from Rustchuk to Varna, and from there by boat Espero to Constantinople. The train is officially renamed Orient Express in 1891


1976: New train speeds into service

British Rail began its new 125mph High Speed Train (HST) service today. The first London-Bristol service arrived three minutes early.

The Inter-City 125 has been introduced to provide a regular high speed service between Cardiff, Bristol and London.

British Rail will extend the HST service to other major cities over the next two years.

Powered by two diesel motors the Inter-City 125 has recorded a top speed of over 140mph in trial runs, making it the fastest diesel-powered train in the world.


At least eight people are confirmed dead and 160 injured after two trains collided near Paddington Station in west London at the height of the morning rush hour.

A Thames Trains 0806 BST from Paddington to Bedwyn in Wiltshire collided with the incoming 0603 BST Great Western 125 express train from Cheltenham at 0811 BST.

Investigations revealed how 31 people died and dozens were injured because of a head-on collision when one of the trains passed a red signal.

Public inquiries were headed by Scottish judge Lord Cullen. He made dozens of safety recommendations and concluded Railtrack, the company then in charge of rail infrastructure and its investment, had failed to respond to earlier warnings about signalling problems.

This episode, known as the Ladbroke Grove accident , is covered in Adrian Vaughan’s book “Tracks to Disaster”..2003 edition. page 158

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The directors of the Liverpool and Manchester company held a competition called the “Rainhill Trials” to find the most suitable locomotive.The winner was Robert Stephenson’s Rocket which was awarded the prize of £500


Sheringham 31 July 1993 with Driver and Curator Richard Gibbon(C) Adrian Vaughan

08/10/1952      Accident at Harrow and Wealdstone (112 deaths)


The first section of the Taff Vale Railway opens from Cardiff to Navigation House (later named Abercynon).


On this day 180 years ago, the first passenger train,pulled by “Hibernia)departed Westland Row on the Dublin and Kingstown Railway; Ireland’s first passenger railway.

10/10/1919       Anatole Mallet, inventor of the Mallet locomotive type (b. 1837).


The London and South Western Railway in England completes experimental installation at Grateley on its West of England main line of automatic semaphore signals controlled by track circuits and pneumatics, the first such scheme in the United Kingdom


Charfield railway disaster: London, Midland and Scottish Railway night mail train crashes into shunting goods train following signal passed at danger at Charfield , Gloucestershire: 16 killed

14/10/1852      The Great Northern Railway opens Kings Cross Station,London

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18 die as a result of the Shrewsbury rail accident on the London & North Western Railway when a sleeping car train is derailed passing through Shrewsbury station, England, at excessive speed


James Henry Greathead, inventor of the tunnelling shield used to build the deep-level tube lines, dies (b. 1844).


Henry Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer of Great Northern Railway of England 1896-1911 (b. 1851).


Russia’s first railway stretched between St. Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo; the 25 km-long line opened on 30 October 1837. The first train consisted of a locomotive and eight cars; the czar himself was on board.


Radstock to Frome Railway Project

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Around the World in 80 Railways. No 63 Pakistan Railways

Sehrai Travels & Pakistan Railway arranged trip to historic Attock Khurd station on September 27, 2015. (Owais Mughal)

In a time and age when positive news emanating from Pakistan are duly celebrated, it was heartening to know that Railway tourism in the country is alive and flourishing. To mark the 35th anniversary of World Tourism Day, Sehrai Travels –  a private company in collaboration with Pakistan Railway arranged a train ride to historic Attock Khurd station on September 27, 2015. Sehrai Travels is the oldest travel agency in Peshawar. They used to operate the famous Khyber Steam Safari and at its peak they were running two trains a week between Peshawar and Landi Kotal. At present they do operate occasional tourist trains between Peshawar and Attock Khurd. The trains are diesel powered and the tours are believed to be  arranged on-demand. About two or three tourist trains run between Peshawar and Attock Khurd every year , as they have done for the past 3 or 4 years.

This particular trip started from Peshawar Cantt station and took the tourists to Atttock Khurd station which is very famous for its Victorian architecture.
In future editions of Rail Tube…and On Shed, Owais Mughal will be keeping an eye on all matters Pakistan Railways. This is his first contribution. Thank you, Owais.
Those familiar with Pakistan Railways…and the BBC.. will know that Sir Mark Tully presented a Great Railway Journey on the Khyber Mail. Internet savvy folk will know how to search for this episode on YouTube!



It is a great honour for the Railway Preservation Society of Japan (RPSJ) to host a triennial congress of the World Association of Tourist Trams & Trains (WATTRAIN) in Saitama, Japan

The theme of the 2015 Conference is “Sustainability – Inspiring the Next Generation” of our tourist and heritage trams and trains. An impressive list of speakers from all over the world will be addressing the conference over two business days. The full programme will include tours to Japan’s railway museums with journeys by Shinkansen (Bullet) trains together with preserved steam hauled trains.

The conference programme begins on Friday 23rd October 2015……..

More information here…

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;


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