On Shed ….March 2017


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

Now features at  Wonderful World of Trains & Planes, Birmingham


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Welcome…and news….
Editor’s Selection :The Maps That Made The Railways. (Christian Wolmar)
100 Trains….the journey so far….
Steam Tube Photographic Highlights
Steam Tube Video Highlights
Steam Tube Blogs (Steam Age Daydreams)
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… Railway Historian.”Fire & Steam”
Around the World in 80 Railways (No 79:Cab View Russia Train “Omsk – Novosibirsk”)
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Welcome…and news….

A warm welcome to this March 2017 edition of “On Shed”– the monthly magazine for “Steam Tube- For The Best of Steam on the Net!”

We start off with a summary of Christian Wolmar’s talk at the British Library on the role and use of maps for the railways…

There is another batch of old photographs from the collection of Mr Dick Pennoyer, courtesy Mr Hugh Cantlie. If you can add some detail to the photographs, that would be much appreciated.

Interesting that this month (in history) includes the infamous Beeching Report. It has always been of some interest to note the similarities between the final skeleton network that would have been left if the Report had been fully implemented, and HS2…………

There are updates and links to key rebuild and new build projects. Please feel free to contact me (peterlewis2@gmail.com) if you would like “On Shed” to include regular updates on a project that you are involved with….

Sterling work in keeping the preservation movement alive is accomplished by WATTRAIN,APHTRO and NERHT… follow the links, and read of their goals and ambitions..

So, let’s get into this edition……

Editor’s Selection : The Maps That Made The Railways

Christian Wolmar……on the station platform in Mumbai,India.

The British Library in London has been running an exhibition under the theme “Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line” (ends 1st March 2017)

Tom Harper, “lead curator, maps”, introduced Christian Wolmar with the presentation “The Maps That Made The Railways”.

He started by drawing attention to his failed…but fun…failed enterprise in running for parliament, and then launched into his subject with some vigour!

“Maps and the railways are symbiotic….”, that is having an interdependent relationship. Before the railways, people hardly needed maps, since their travel was limited to just a few miles around their place of birth, and the occasional trip to the nearest town….which might be less than 10 miles away.

At least the railways helped in ending the phenomenon of the “village idiot”,….brought about by localized in breeding…but now the railways meant you could find romance much further afield!!

So to the maps…. a selection with some explanatory notes as to their usage follows..

An early map of the Stockton to Darlington.. maps are representational, not necessarily accurate…

Note the strange misrepresentation in graphic maps…

…looks like the trains are about to climb Mt Everest!

US railroad maps….eg the Baltimore & Ohio…show that the railroads, built cheaply, went round obstacles ….

and the maps showing the contrast in railroad development in the US..and the effects on the Civil War


Contrast German ..towns connected, whereas French Railways centred on Paris as a hub..


Maps also show that whereas US & UK railways were unplanned, other countries planned their railways, strengthening the identity of the nation, but also ironically, making them subject to wars and invasion…by their very railways.

Transcontinental railways and the relevant maps were discussed… the US transcontinental,  Canada’s triple(what a waste!) transcontinentals.. and the Trans Siberian(what a tremendous achievement in 10 years!.


US,Canada,Trans Siberian maps….

In micro ways, the railways brought benefits to towns, stimulating development..

The first map is 1857 , the second is 1896

Maps showing how the coming of the railway affected Bishop Auckland.

The role of railways in the First World War…use of the railways, and the little railways that were temporarily laid narrow gauge lines to transport munitions etc to the front..i.e. the trenches..led to the stalemate on the Western Front. It turned out that increased mobility lead to entrenchment.

After the war, the railway companies had to smarten up their act to keep business in the face of road transport…as the following examples show…


In the Second World War, railways became targets……

The London Underground Maps (Harry Beck’s inspired graphic..and certainly not to scale…) have set the tone around the world..as in Moscow Metro map..

Maps on the Beeching cuts..and HS2…..both controversial in their own specific ways , were shown..

The evening was rounded off with Questions from the audience..

The last questioner asked what would a map of the UK look like if the franchises were coloured according to the nationality of the (state funded) railways that owned them…

An enigma that the audience was left with…….

When one is located…it will be added here!!!

And here is one, kindly referred to by Andrew Smithers (www.projectmapping.co.uk)

First published in The Times

..and for those who need a map available on the National Rail Enquiries site, here is the link..


100 Trains….the journey so far….

Iain McGeachin, aka The Kilted Walker, is continuing with his epic project…

Upcoming Events: 24th – 27th March 2017   Arran Walk

Next:  April/May 2017. A Walk Across Canada (From Coast to Coast)             Distance: 3,900 miles    


We wish Iain well with his project. He deserves to succeed.

Steam Tube Photographic Highlights

A further batch of photographs, of varied types, and from various countries, come from the collection of Mr Dick Pennoyer, courtesy Mr Hugh Cantlie.

There are plenty more where they came from! The only downside is the lack of type,location and date in any captions or notes on these photographs, but I daresay the knowledgeable amongst us should be able to fill in the details!!

Steam Tube Video Highlights

Steam Tube’s page on Facebook is the place for your steam locomotive videos.

Thank you to the following for their excellent uploads during the last few weeks…
Chris Topher: USATC S160 No. 6046 leaves Churnet Valley Railway’s Cheddleton Station

Subjektivní pohled topiče zlíchovské “BeéSky” 213.902 na trať Praha Smíchov – Praha Řeporyje.(Dominik Schön)

Churnet Valley Railway – Winter Steam Gala 2017 – Kingsley and Froghall Station.(Christopher Lawton)

GAUGE THE ISSUE: Railway Roundabout Reviewed.(Chris Eden-Green)

My Steam clips compilation 2016.(Sean Dudden)

46115 Attacks Shap on the Cumbrian Mountain Steam Express 18/2/17.(Stephen G Thompson)


Steam Tube Blogs (Steam Age Daydreams)


Ground zero, for most of today’s enthusiasts, is 1948, the year British Railways was created from, the war time ashes, of the ‘Big Four’. Battered by the blitz and,  the threat of bankruptcy hanging in the air, the creation of British Railways was hardly cause for unbridled joy. Yes, the railways were now publicly owned, but shareholders were still being paid, and Victorian infrastructure, locomotives, and rolling stock were all in daily use.

There were some bright spots, fresh paint and new liveries and the Peppercorn A1s  were rolling out of  Darlington and Doncaster works. The A1s were regular visitors to Leeds,  where I grew up, and I remember riding behind them on journeys to Peterborough, change for Lowestoft, and a fortnight at the seaside. Later, in the 1950s, 37B Copley Hill, had an allocation of 10, in 1955 – Nos. 60117 – 60120, 60122, 60131, 33, 34, 39, and 60141, I rode behind many of them on  spotting trips to Doncaster. Travel there and back on a platform ticket, spend all day at ‘Donny’, beside the ECML .and catch the ‘plant stream’ and then the train back to Leeds Central Station and a bus back home. And no one was any he wiser!

The locomotive in the photo, the new build A1 No.60163 Tornado, is pictured at Selside with the first of the Plandampf services on the S&C on Saint Valentine’s Day.

If you have enjoyed my blogs – I have written a book about my 60 years involvement with railways, from trainspotter, via steam age footplateman, to railway author and photographer, this is a link to it:


or: To celebrate the author’s up coming 70th birthday, you could grab yourself an eBook  copy of “Gricing, The Real Story of the Railway Children”, for just £2.99  – offer ends 13 / 03/ 2017.

This is the link to Amazon for your copy:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B011D1WBWY


Tornado…The Story so far…


Tornado’s packed main line and heritage railway diary for 2017 can be seen below or you can view/download the Tour Guide here:

  • Wednesday 1st March – ‘The Saint David’ – London Paddington to Cardiff – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Friday 31st March – ‘Belmond British Pullman’ – The Golden Age of Travel (Surrey Hills)
  • Saturday 29th April – ‘The North Briton’ – Leicester to Carlisle – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Monday 1st May – ‘The Heart of Midlothian’ – Peterborough to Edinburgh – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 6th May – ‘The Talisman’ – London King’s Cross to Darlington – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings
    through UK Railtours
  • Monday 29th May – ‘The Cornishman’ – London Paddington – Penzance – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is proud that Tornado will continue to be operated on the Network Rail main line by DB Cargo, which has worked successfully with the Trust since the locomotive’s completion in 2008.

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

Plenty of recent Tornado activity HERE


New & ReBuild News.

General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society


Cranking up the pressure

When people talk about the General Steam Navigation project the conversation inevitability leads to the question what happened to her crank axle. The locomotive has even been known to be called the Merchant Navy with the missing axle.

When General Steam Navigation was withdrawn from service in February 1966 she was placed in storage but in April 1966 fellow Merchant Navy 35026 Lamport & Holt Line was discovered to have a flawed central axle and to keep her in traffic it was decided to give her GSNs. General Steam Navigation was then transferred to Eastleigh works where the task of fitting 11s crank axle into 26 was undertaken. It was here that GSN was fitted with a new spare wheelset from a West County class so she could leave for Barry by rail. Ever since Barry its always been known that we have need to get a new crank axle made for her if she was ever to return to steam. When the previous owner agreed to swap axles with Braunton he simply exchanged a plain set for another plain set. The current axle is a couple of feet in front of sister Merchant Navy Brockbank Line at Sellindge and now we intend to launch an appeal to convert Brauntons old trailing axle into a new crank axle for GSN.

CAD work with thanks to James Pearce

The work involved to do achieve this will feature the manufacturing of a new crank axle which is built up out of the two stub axles, crank webs and the big end journal which are all keyed and pressed together. Then pressing off of the old flawed axle and the crankpins and remachining the BFB wheel pans to accept the new crank axle and crank pins. Then the wheel pans will be pressed on to the new axle together with the new crank pins and then balanced by filling the pockets with lead to counteract the crank.

Rob Le Chevalier the South Devon Railway Engineering’s Workshop manager is working on a quote for the work. The South Devon Railway Engineering workshop is the best in the country and has previously created the crank axles for the P2 and the LMS Patriot. The cost is expected be about £25,000 which will include the cost to replace the tyres and the transport of the axle from Sellindge.

This where we need your help to help us raise the money in any way you can whether it the purchase of shares in the company, a £5 month standing order or spreading the word by helping on sales stands.

We very much hope to be able to tell you this time next year that the job is proceeding on the new crank axle wheelset with your help. This will greatly enhance our credibility and put us in the foothills of the mountain that we need to climb to put the steam in back in GSN again.

You can donate to this appeal by purchasing shares in the locomotive or via a one off donation be can online via PayPal.

We are now delighted to announce to you that we have purchased a further component for GSN a cab steam manifold. Or to give it its correct name steam combine which supply’s steam to all the auxiliaries on the locomotive, we hope to buy the Klinger and A/B valves that fit on it when funds permit.

A big thank you goes to out to our shareholders whose backing has enabled these purchases.

The Clan Project..72010 Hengist


Engineering update – 19th February 2017

The combined stretchers and pressed stretchers are being prepared for machining at CTL Seal. The photos show one of the combined frame stretchers being measured using the latest measuring equipment.

The CAD drawing below shows how the assembly will look when complete. The rear frame extensions, drag box and the assembly for the truck pivot can clearly be seen in the top right. Believe it or not everything seen here is now in stock, either machined or about to be machined!

Latest News at  www.theclanproject.org

The Brighton Belle

Excursion programmes will be launched in early 2017!


The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has recently announced that it will be holding a series of presentations on the project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales at venues along the route of the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh and all the way to Aberdeen during 2017. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including Mark Allatt (Chairman) and David Elliott (Director of Engineering) and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. The presentations will run from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below and are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

• Saturday 18th March 2017 – Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster
• Saturday 22nd April 2017 – York Railway Institute, York
• Saturday 13th May 2017 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
• Saturday 17th June 2017 – Newcastle Mining Institute, Newcastle
• Saturday 1st July 2017 – Edinburgh Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh
• Saturday 14th October 2017 – Dundee Heritage Trust Discovery Point, Dundee
• Saturday 25th November 2017 – Aberdeen Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen.


Latest News at : www.lms-patriot.org.uk


Latest News at www.125group.org.uk

US Projects


Big Boy, PRR T1, and Chesapeake & Ohio  2-6-6-2 projects..

Updates: Big Boy: www.up.com

The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) T1 Steam Locomotive Trust

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

Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2

Latest news on Facebook HERE


Photo courtesy B & O Museum


Project 6029 (Beyer Garratt 6029 ex-NSWGR)

Latest news from The Project 6029 blog HERE


Latest News at: http://www.claudhamiltonlocomotivegroup.co.uk/

and: http://www.vicsteam.com/

A New Entry!

LMS Ex inspection 45036 – short term aim is to have a fully restored chassis and then rebuild it as a saloon in the long term , she is located at Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR)

Follow progress HERE

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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 February 2017.and beyond..can be found  at  Railway Herald

On This Day in History.


An air brake system  based upon a design by George Westinghouse  was patented on March 5, 1872. In various forms, it has been nearly universally adopted.
The Westinghouse system uses air pressure to charge air reservoirs (tanks) on each car. Full air pressure signals each car to release the brakes. A reduction or loss of air pressure signals each car to apply its brakes, using the compressed air in its reservoirs.

The Baker Street and Waterloo Railway opens in London

Baker Street

George Westinghouse, American inventor; developed the Westinghouse air brake (b. 1846) died.

George Westinghouse, Jr (October 6, 1846 – March 12, 1914) was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry.
Westinghouse was one of Thomas Edison’s main rivals in the early implementation of the American electricity system. Westinghouse’s system, which used alternating current (AC), ultimately prevailed over Edison’s which used direct current.
1869 Invented the air-brake for railways; patented in 1872
1871 Shortly after a visit to Europe, George Westinghouse set up the Europe Brake Company[1].
1875 George Westinghouse‘s company purchased the rights to the patents of the Vacuum Brake company for USA and Canada so that both vacuum and air braking systems could be offered[2]
By 1880, 37,000 sets of the Westinghouse brake apparatus had been supplied to railways around the world[3].
1881 A public company, the Westinghouse Brake Company was registered on 7 November. [4]
1885 Westinghouse imported a number of Gaulard-Gibbs transformers and a Siemens AC generator to begin experimenting with AC networks in Pittsburgh.
1886 He established the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co in Pittsburgh, USA.
1889 The name of the company was changed to Westinghouse Electric Corporation. The Westinghouse Electric Co Ltd of London was established as an agency for selling and installing Westinghouse products in the UK[5].
1899 Seeing the opportunities in the UK, George Westinghouse formed British Westinghouse as a limited company as a manufacturing subsidiary of the American company[6].
1907 Westinghouse USA went into receivership with the result that executive control of the company was taken away from George Westinghouse, though he remained as President. (Courtesy: Grace’s Guide)

Great Eastern Railway of England introduces ‘Claud Hamilton’ 4-4-0 steam locomotive from its Stratford Works.

Courtesy: CHLG

Karl Gölsdorf, Austrian steam locomotive designer  dies.(b. 1861)

Karl Gölsdorf and the ten-coupled Class 180 No. 180.01 in Strasshof Railway Museum

Gölsdorf became especially well known as a result of his inventing the radially-sliding coupled axle for steam locomotives, the so-called Gölsdorf axle. The first engine to be equipped with this was an eight-coupled steam locomotive in 1897, the Class 170. The ten-coupled Class 180, whose first, third and fifth axles were able to slide sideways in the frame, demonstrated that, in almost all cases, locomotives with multi-part frames and complicated articulated designs would be superfluous. From that time forward this type of construction became the standard for heavy goods locomotives.

Train drives itself
The first automatic train on the London underground could be hurtling into stations in three weeks, the government has revealed.
The trains, which operate without a driver, are currently undergoing a series of trials commissioned by the Ministry of Transport before passengers are allowed on board.
But the public has the chance to glimpse the trains today, which have cost £60,000 to test, as they are demonstrated in South Ealing, west London, by the London Transport Board.

The Beeching Report!
The Reshaping of British Railways – Part 1: Report
The Reshaping of British Railways – Part 2: Maps

Map of Great Britain, showing “major lines” identified by Beeching II in bold.

(Looks like HS2……………)

Channel 5 have just concluded a 3 part “The Railways That Built Britain”, with Chris Tarrant. The 3rd episode takes a look at the Beeching Report……..

Radstock to Frome Railway Project

Latest News from this group can be found HERE


Christian Wolmar…

Book review: The English Railway Station

Christian Wolmar has an impressive catalogue of railway histories…..

This is amongst his first….”Fire and Steam”

Around the World in 80 Railways (No 79:Cab View Russia Train “Omsk – Novosibirsk”)

If you have 6 hours and 30 minutes to spare, this will fascinate you..giving some idea of the tremendous distances and engineering achievements accomplished when the railways here were first built!.(Courtesy: Cab View Trains on YouTube)


Extract from the most recent newsletter

WATTRAIN is based in the UK but its directors and staff (all volunteers) come from all over the world. All have considerable experience of heritage & tourist railways. The organisation exists to collate information and problems and introduce solutions and ideas for the benefit of future operations.

WATTRAIN is leading the way in the effort to sustain sources of coal necessary for the continued operation of historic steam locomotives. We believe the responsible use and demonstration of coal will not only preserve a vanishing aspect of our industrial heritage, it will also promote new technologies for its cleaner use in the future.

WATTRAIN organises international conferences with the next one planned for Dallas, Texas. Previous conferences were held in Switzerland, Argentina, the UK, Australia and Japan. Apart from the conference, they provide an opportunity to experience heritage & tourist railways in these and other countries.


Catch up on the latest news at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1534918893466735/

New Europe Railway Heritage Trust Logo


NERHT is a voluntary society founded in 1999 to help railway preservation in the former Soviet Union and the other ex-Communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Access the latest Eastern Star newsletter: HERE

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Glasgow Streets, traffic and trams on Sauchiehall Street, Scotland
Possibly by Robert Paul.