On Shed – August 2017 Edition


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

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GWR Churchward 4500 2-6-2T ‘Small Prairie’ 4566 (Built at Swindon 1924, withdrawn April 1962)at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway. 4566 was the 8th locomotive to leave Barry and the first from there destined for the SVR, arriving on 25 August 1970.

Welcome…and news….
Editor’s Selection:1 Alan Keef Ltd
Editor’s Selection:2 The Secret Railway Garden(Paul Salveson)
Editor’s Selection:3. Heartbreak after vandals attack heritage railway carriages(NYMR)
100 Trains….the journey so far….
Steam Tube Photographic Highlights
Steam Tube Video Highlights
Steam Tube Blogs 1: The GSN Locomotive and why Engines Must Not Enter..(railwayblogger)  
Steam Tube Blogs 2. THE HORDES ON AISGILL(Dave Wilson)
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.
Around the UK’s Heritage Railways A – Z  “D”
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Welcome…and news….

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of “On Shed”, the monthly magazine of “Steam Tube – The Home of Steam on the Net”

We start off this edition with a visit to Ross-on-Wye to visit the engineering works of Alan Keef Ltd, renowned railway engineers, specialists in narrow gauge and locomotive replica rebuilding.

Paul Salveson introduces us to The Secret Railway Garden, and then we read about the mindless vandalism on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which led to serious damage to the historic Gresley teak carriages.

Regular features include an update on all the main UK..and some international..new and rebuild projects, and keeping in touch with Iain McGeachin and his walks progress (for ATAXIA)

If there is any way that you can offer support, financially or otherwise to any of the worthy causes in this edition, please get in touch via the indicated website links.

In the meantime..ENJOY!!

Editor’s Selection:1 Alan Keef Ltd

Alan Keef Ltd, Lea, Ross-on-Wye

Tucked away on the right hand side of the A40, 5 miles to the east of Ross on Wye, and just as you exit Lea village, stands, almost hidden by the trees, the Locomotive Works of Alan Keef Ltd.

The rolling countryside of  Herefordshire is not normally associated with railway engineering….Hereford Bulls and cider come to mind. But for the last 40 years, Alan Keef Ltd have been providing engineering services to the leisure and industrial sectors – and doing it rather well.

Their website announces that:

“  Founded by Alan Keef in 1968, we are based in rural Herefordshire and remain a family owned and run enterprise with a personal, as well as professional, passion for narrow gauge railways.” ” Alan Keef remains at the helm as Chairman whilst his son, Patrick Keef, is Managing Director and daughter, Alice Basey, is Chief Design Engineer”


Alan Keef Ltd has an unrivalled reputation throughout the narrow gauge (10¼” – 3’6″ gauge) railway industry as a designer and supplier of quality modern railway equipment, replica historic equipment and as a restorer of historic equipment including steam and diesel locomotives and carriages.”

An hour spent in the company of Patrick Keef provided answers to the basic questions..

Patrick Keef.

How did it all start?  Where are we going from here?  

The beginnings..

It all started as a hobby…hence the phrase ..”remain a family owned and run enterprise with a personal, as well as professional, passion for narrow gauge railways.”

Alan’s father spent his time tracking down narrow gauge railways..in particular those in the Colonel Stephens portfolio….such as the Kent and East Sussex, Rother Valley Railway, Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland Railway ..all of which were still operating as heritage lines, either in full or in part, and built under the Light Railways Act of 1896. These were a few of the 16 railways in his network, along with 18 others which never came to fruition.

With an inherent interest in railways, as a farmer, it was perhaps only natural that Alan should install a ’guided materials handling system’ i.e. a railway, to facilitate feeding and cleaning routines.

And so, as they say, one thing led to another.

Alan saw the potential for a new business offering light railway equipment, not just for heritage and industrial use, but for an emerging park railways market too, with early orders secured from Whipsnade Zoo and Longleat Safari Park. Creating the new enterprise coincided with the railway inspectorate realising that, given the potential numbers that might be carried on park railway systems (upwards of ¼ million visitors per year in some parks), equipment should be specified to a prescribed standard to ensure visitors enjoyed a comfortable and, more importantly, safe ride.  An intrinsic understanding of their market and the design innovations that followed, have allowed the company to develop a distinctly different product offer and they continue to prosper and exploit new markets too.


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Perrygrove,Forest of Dean, Park Railway Lithuania, and Mönsted Kalkgruber, Viborg, Denmark.(Alan Keef images)

Whilst many customers require a ‘standard’ product from Alan Keef Ltd, the company has developed a reputation for more specialist work too.  Patrick gave me an insight into some of the interesting projects they’ve been involved with including designing battery-electric operated railcars for a gas jetty in Brunei that had, naturally, to be ‘spark-free’ to avoid the risk of explosions.  Designing railways to handle materials instead of, or alongside people, has seen the company secure contracts for a wide range of projects  including boat launch slipways and tracks laid inside warehouses to aid the smooth transition of materials along production lines.

A strong business was emerging and was  further strengthened in the early 1990s with the acquisition of Motor Rail and its Simplex brand, and to this day, the company still supports Simplex locomotives around the world although, unsurprisingly, the number of locos still running is decreasing year on year.

The business is clearly hugely diverse, the mantra being ‘if it runs on rails then call us’; but the leisure market is still core to the business with several new locomotives or train sets being built each year for railways in parks, zoos, stately homes and theme parks.  The design criteria are, unsurprisingly, straightforward – they have to be easy to maintain and operate and offer a smooth ride for passengers. In the main, diesel engines dominate but battery operated locomotives have a place too, particularly in environments where the noise from a diesel might otherwise be problematic.  In the last couple of years, locomotives and carriages have been supplied for zoos and safari parks in Europe as well as the UK.  Going through the workshop right now is a new engine and set of carriages for a park in Berkshire that has a one-mile 10¼“ railway.  In addition, a new locomotive is also being built for one of the company’s original customers, Longleat Safari Park.  

Recently completed for Wellington Park railway, also in Berkshire, this time to 12 ¼” gauge was the locomotive ‘Arthur’ and three new semi-enclosed carriages.  The new train set replaced an aging and unreliable smaller train set. This summer has seen a huge increase in the number of passengers that can ride the railway which, as well as bringing extra revenue for the park, also ensures that visitors to the park are not left frustrated by long queues to ride the train or disappointment when it breaks down.


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Canal basin slipway,Aylesbury: Lifeboat slipway:Monk’s Park underground quarry near Corsham.(Alan Keef Images)


What has been/is the most challenging of assignments? 

The ongoing project is the replica ‘Lyn‘ that is being built for the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. As with similar projects the company has been involved with, the challenge was recognising the specific characteristics of that particular heritage railway and understanding that many involved with the project are intensely interested in its progress and outcome. Alan Keef Ltd was asked to build ’Lyn’ (the original Baldwin manufactured locomotive was built in 1898 but scrapped in 1935) but include new technical innovations such as roller bearings, high-tech gas produced combustion, improved lubrication and high superheat boiler, all light years ahead of the original specification but designed to deliver the best efficiency possible.  At the time of writing, ‘Lyn’ had been recently steamed for the first time and proved a resounding success in front of a delighted audience of some 150 donors to the build project.  Delivery to the Railway is expected to take place during September, concluding five-years of dedication from the designers and engineers involved.

“Lyn” nearing completion.26th June 2017.

How far afield has Alan Keef Ltd spread its work and name?

Worldwide is the simple answer.  The book ‘A Tale of Many Railways: An Autobiography & History of Alan Keef Ltd’, gives a very full description of the worldwide reach of the company. Railway stock has been provided to parks in Argentina, Holland, Singapore and Belgium.  Industrial railway stock can be found in a cement works in Bangladesh, coal mines in South Korea and Nigeria and of course Simplex locomotives and parts have been have provided to Fiji, Africa, and east Africa.  

The company’s locomotives can be found widely across Ireland too including replica locomotives,  such as the unique Lartigue Monorail for the Listowel and Ballybunion Railway in Ireland.

Lartigue Monorail for the Listowel and Ballybunion Railway in Ireland.(Alan Keef Image)

Significant work is carried out for European customers and as Patrick explained, the customers they’ve worked with have had very demanding specifications that reflect the fact that their railways will typically carry very high passenger numbers and are an important revenue generator.  The fact that these European customers choose a UK supplier to deliver the reliability they need is testament to the company’s reputation for delivering highly dependable quality stock.  One recent example was a zoo railway project in Belgium that was built to an exacting specification.  In its first season, this railway carried around 200,000 passengers on 2½ km circuit and has a goal to reach over 300,000 passengers annually.

Similarly high passenger numbers have been seen at a new railway in Denmark that the company was involved with.  Time and again, the reliability and comfort of the ride has been the over-riding criteria in establishing whether the project delivered value for money overall.

What are the future prospects for Alan Keef Ltd?

Alan Keef Ltd is undoubtedly a family business.  Patrick Keef took over from his Father as Managing Director some 20 years ago and with his sister Alice Basey as Chief Design Engineer has steered an enduringly successful and highly regarded business.  That the company is rarely seen advertising or promoting its work highlights that its business is sustained by word-of-mouth recommendation and its portfolio of loyal customers would be the envy of many businesses.   Future goals involve consolidating and improving their infrastructure. They have a busy satellite operation nearby, which focusses on carpentry and finishing works.

About 20 staff are employed by the company and the skill set is crucial.  Machinist, fabricators, steam fitting team, carpenters, fitters, painters and two track laying teams, as well as several designers, make up a tight-knit team. Although staff turnover is remarkably low, a real challenge is finding reliable people and specifically appealing to the younger generation.  If there is any young person locally (or otherwise!) who has a love for traditional engineering, then an apprenticeship at Alan Keef Ltd could be for you! Perhaps you might end up travelling the world commissioning engines and be part of a tradition of delivering products with a world-wide reputation.  

What are the proudest moments for the company?

For Patrick, the project that most stands out, without a shadow of doubt, is ’Puffing Billy‘ and ’Steam Elephant‘, the two replica engines they built for Beamish Museum.  Equally, the WW1 Baldwin for Leighton Buzzard Light Railway would rank high on the list.

Restored Baldwin 4-6-0- for Leighton Buzzard Railway:”Puffing Billy ” on test at Alan Keef Ltd: “Steam Elephant” & “Puffing Billy” replicas at Beamish Museum,Durham.(Alan Keef Images)

So, Hereford is not all bull and drink! Next time you sit on a little railway somewhere, look out for the maker’s plate and see if it comes from Alan Keef Ltd in Ross-on-Wye and perhaps raise a cheer for another great British company that is doing the UK’s engineering reputation proud.

(Peter S Lewis wishes to thank  Patrick Keef for his  assistance and insight, without which this article would not have been possible.)


Editor’s Selection:2 The Secret Railway Garden(Paul Salveson)

A nice treat on my return home was a visit to Perth’s ‘Secret Railway Garden’. It’s a very special place indeed, mostly the work of Perth railway workers including train crew and station staff and some friends from outside the industry. It was the brainchild of ScotRail’s Tracey Hutton who started developing the project a few years ago. There’s now a lively group who are gradually transforming the rather scary-looking station into a warm, friendly place with planters, the famous ‘train tubs’ and the secret garden itself.

This is a wonderful retreat where railway staff can go for their ‘piece’, chat with colleagues or just read the paper and contemplate the delightful surroundings. The area also has a pond which is occupied to a family of ducks. There’s a very moving memorial to the Perth railwayman and aid worker David Haines (‘The Guv’nor’) who was murdered by IS. The work at Perth station is now part of the city’s ‘horticultural offer’ and will hopefully help them win further awards as one of Scotland’s most floral of places. The work is a great example of how railway staff can make a real contribution to the ‘community rail’ movement. Let’s see if Perth can help inspire other projects in which railway staff are at the forefront. A good start is being made at Wigan Wallgate, with the ‘Wigan Wallgate Wallflowers’ group, again involving station staff and train crew, and Carillion.

And, a current comment..(author’s own!!)

Is the Windermere branch secure from rash assault?

So the Windermere branch isn’t going to be electrified after all the promises and press releases. Chris Grayling has clearly been reading up his Wordsworth, who didn’t like the idea of a railway to Windermere at all. In 1844 he wrote:

And is no nook of English ground secure
From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown
In youth, and ‘mid the busy world kept pure
As when their earliest flowers of hope were blown,
Must perish; – how can they this blight endure?
And must he too his old delights disown
Who scorns a false utilitarian lure
‘Mid his paternal fields at random thrown?
Baffle the threat, bright scene, from Orrest head
Given to the pausing traveller’s rapturous glance;
Plead for thy peace thou beautiful romance
Of nature; and, if human hearts be dead,
Speak, passing winds; ye torrents, with your strong
And constant voice, protest against the wrong!”

The only wrong that anyone should be protesting about is the casual dismissal of electrification schemes that would have had a major positive impact on the North, Wales and Midlands. The idea that bi-mode (diesel and electric) will solve the problem of much-needed upgrading of major routes such as Midland Main Line and Cardiff-Swansea is fanciful. The old question arises, if this is such a fantastic idea how come our colleagues in places like Germany, France and Italy, who know a bit about railways, haven’t done it? Bi-mode trains can be a useful stop-gap, and converting some of the 319s to bi-mode is a sensible idea. But seeing this as a solution to routes like Great Western and Midland mainline is just silly. Bi-mode trains, when operating in diesel mode, are slower to accelerate – they have been compared unfavourably with 1970s built high-speed trains. Why doesn’t the Government recognise that diesel is living on borrowed time? Growing evidence of its health dangers will eventually force its demise, making it as redundant as the steam engine..

Lilian Greenwood, the excellent Labour MP for Nottingham South and Bolton lass, newly elected as chair of the Commons Transport Committee, has raised some sensible questions, asking whether bi-mode trains could deliver the benefits for passengers that all-electric trains would do. “We know that they’re going to be more expensive,” she said, adding that some models also have fewer seats because of the space taken up by a diesel engine. It also looks likely that, in diesel mode, new Inter-City Express (IEP) bi-mode trains will have such poor acceleration they may be slower than the decades-old rolling stock they replace. “We know that the IEP in diesel mode doesn’t have the same acceleration as on electric power,” she added, rightly. No announcement has been made about TransPennine but you’d have to be a giddier optimist than I to think it’s going to happen in the foreseeable future. Goodbye Northern Powerhouse, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

(Read more from Paul Salveson’s “Northern Weekly Salvo” HERE

Editor’s Selection:3. Heartbreak after vandals attack heritage railway carriages(NYMR)

In the early hours of Sunday 23rd July 2017, North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s historic teak carriages were deliberately vandalised. The carriages were parked in the siding, at the far side of the main visitor car park at Pickering.

Damage to Coaches.(NYMR Images)

After an overwhelming amount of support from members, passengers and local residents wishing to donate towards the repair of the teak carriages, we have now set up a dedicated fundraising appeal.

The beautiful varnished teak carriage set, comprised of eight carriages, dating from 1930 to 1950. These carriages have regularly appeared in films and television, recent appearances including ‘Downton Abbey’ and the remake of ‘Dad’s Army’.

Chris Price, NYMR’s General Manager said:

“We were absolutely devastated to discover the extent of the damage to our precious carriages, lovingly restored and maintained by our dedicated team of volunteers over many years”. 

“The tireless restoration work will begin again as the entire trust commits to restoring the set to its former glory for the enjoyment of all visitors – we will not let the vandals win”. 

“We’ve been inundated with pledges of support from our local community and can’t thank everyone enough it means so much at this difficult time.  The entire cost of the vandalism is still being assessed and while the carriages are insured, not every expense will be covered. There is a lot of work to do to safeguard, preserve and protect these carriages for the future, one plan is a new carriage shed, which will not only protect the coaches from the elements but also future events of this nature. So, all donations are gratefully received and will be used to protect these coaches.”

The teak carriages are owned by several groups and individuals and were restored by the London and North Eastern Railway Coach Association (LNERCA – a volunteer run, charitable organisation which restores heritage coaches) which are used and maintained by the NYMR.

The North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not for profit charitable organisation run as part of the local community. Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers with railway operations and business experience. A core team of paid staff together with approximately 100 full time staff and 50 seasonal staff, plan and operate the train service and work steadily to improve the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and experience to our visitors travelling on the railway.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 18-mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains. The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations.

For regular news, updates and competitions, North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also on Facebook facebook.com/northyorkshiremoorsrailway and Twitter twitter.com/nymr

Cheques can be made payable to NYMHRT, Teak Appeal, 12 Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ

See also: Update Here

100 Trains….the journey so far….

Accessible Scotland

With the exception of a 4-day walk around Arran in April this year, I haven’t travelled much in Scotland since my diagnosis.

But now that any form of long-distance walking is no longer possible, I will finally make an ataxia-awareness-raising tour of my own, very beautiful, country.


Bus? Yes. Thankfully, I’m lucky enough to live in a country where the caring population has decided that their disabled fellow citizens should enjoy free bus travel.

So, once the Scottish school holidays have ended this Summer (mid-August) and the Scottish buses are quieter, I’ll finally get to visit more of this amazing country. Some areas for the first time ever!

And I’ll be taking loads of photographs as I go, which I will share on Twitter and Facebook.

So expect lots of stunning photographs coming to a newsfeed near you soon!


Steam Tube Photographic Highlights

On Reflection:A wet day at the South Devon Railway brought many reflections!

(Andy Thompson)

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And a fabulous image from Robin Coombes….

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Whitby’s original ‘station’ stood near to the end of the remaining platform, in the form of the offices, workshop and carriage shed of the Whitby and Pickering Railway, a single track horse worked line opened throughout in 1836. Its engineer was George Stephenson.

In 1845, the W&P was taken over by the York and North Midland Railway and converted into a double track, steam worked, line. The Y&NM built the present Whitby station to the design of its architect George Townsend Andrews, who also designed the locomotive shed and the goods shed (demolished to make way for a supermarket, although a German bomber made a start during the Second World War). Andrews’ station included a fine ‘Euston Truss’ overall roof which was removed by British Railways in 1953 and replaced by the present awnings.

In 1854, the Y&NM helped form the North Eastern Railway, who later added two more platforms (also replaced by the supermarket) to help deal with traffic from the other branch lines that served Whitby; the Esk Valley Line finally opened throughout to a junction at Grosmont in 1865. The coast line from Loftus opened in 1883 and from Scarborough in 1885. Block signalling replaced the time interval system in 1876 and brought Whitby an unusual three storey signal box (to make it high enough to see over the adjacent goods shed).

In 1900, the NER authorised the installation of Tile Maps at 25 of their stations. Whitby is one of the 9 left to have their map still in situ and intact.

The NER became part of the London and North Eastern Railway at the grouping of the railways in 1923 and the LNER became part of British Railways with the nationalisation of the railways in 1948. The only changes brought to Whitby were in locomotives, rolling stock and signalling; the basic structure remained unchanged.

With the publication of the Beeching Report in 1963, change hung over Whitby station and its railways; the report recommended closure of all three lines that still served Whitby (the fourth line going north up the coast had already closed in 1958). There was strong local resistance to the closure of the three lines but in the event only one line, that up the Esk Valley to Middlesbrough was saved. It may seem strange that Whitby’s ‘main line’, the largely double track line to Pickering, Malton with connections to York was not the one to survive but the saviour of the Esk Valley Line was the steep and narrow roads to the villages that it served, making replacement bus services impractical, especially for bringing school children to and from school in Whitby.

With the closure of all but the Esk Valley Line, Whitby lost almost all of its staff and in time the pickup goods train was withdrawn; the remaining double track as far as Grosmont was singled and the signal box closed and later demolished, as was the goods shed. It was only a case put by an ex-Whitby signalman that allowed retention of a basic facility for running round loco-hauled trains, so as to allow for excursions.[citation needed] This run-round loop was used by the regular NYMR services from 2007 until 2014.

Platforms 3 and 4 were entirely removed and the site sold off, to be occupied by a supermarket. Platform 2 was cut back to what remains of the trainshed and its track removed, leaving only Platform 1 rail served. Apart from the roofless and truncated station, Whitby’s only other surviving railway buildings are the two track engine shed, originally built by the York and North Midland Railway and extended by the NER and the neglected remains of one of the pair of Whitby and Pickering Railway 1835 weighbridge houses.

In 2013, it was announced that an application for major development work around the station was successful; this includes the rebuilding and restoration of platform 2 [to a somewhat longer length than the original] by July 2014.

With the rebuilding of platform 2 fully complete, the NYMR had increased their service to four trains per day [five in peak periods] to and from Whitby.

In August 2014, platform 2 was eventually re-opened at the station to cater for the NYMR’s trains. In 2017 BR Standard 4 No 76079 runs around it’s train for Pickering.(C) Robin Coombes.

Steam Tube Video Highlights


End of Southern Steam 50th Anniversary 1 (Clive Town)

The Mid Hants Railway held a Gala on July 1st, 2nd and 7th to the 9th. A number of Bulleid locomotives had been hired in for the event. Also an ex=BR 4MT tank engine. Seven steam engines worked the first weekend and six the second one. Two engines were from the home fleet.This video is a compilation of visits on July 1st and 7th. Locations used are Sun Lane, Northside Lane area, Medstead Bank, Soulridge and Medstead Four Marks station.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of steam traction ending on the Southern Region the Bluebell Railway held a Gala over the weekend of July 7th – 9th 2017. Locos in use were BR 5MT 73082 ‘Camelot’, Q Class 30541 and as guest Bulleid Pacific West Country Class 34092 ‘City of Wells’.
July 9th 1967 was the final day and so July 9th 2017 this little video was made. Locations used are Sheffield Park, Freshfield Lane Bridge, East and West fields South of Horsted Keynes, Leamland Bridge, and Sharpthorne Tunnel (Clive Town)

Přípřež parních lokomotiv 475.179, 475.196 na trati č. 171 Kremnica – Zvolen
Double-heading Czechoslovak steam locomotives 475.179, 475.196 on the track Kremnica – Zvolen. (Dominik Schön)

Everett Railroad: Summer Steam and Ice Cream.(Big Jim Video Productions)

Warm and muggy Saturdays are great for ice cream – and when combined with a steam-powered locomotive, it’s even better! A few times a year, such as Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Everett Railroad in Hollidaysburg, PA will host an Ice Cream Special – using their 2-6-0 #11 Alco-built locomotive to power trains past their normal run-around stop at Brookes Mills and to the former Pennsylvania Railroad depot at Roaring Spring, PA. There, the passengers can enjoy a scoop of ice cream at the original PRR depot, built in 1906, while the train goes to a nearby siding so the engine can run around the train for the return trip. Numerous new angles are seen here in this video – and I hope you enjoy this look at Summer Steam and Ice Cream from the Everett Railroad!!

Foxfield Hunslets.(Clive Town)

Whitson and Wimblebury can be heard leaving Foxfield Colliery before appearing for the final stretch to Dilhorne during the Foxfield 50th Anniversary Gala.

The Return of Steam to The Stourbridge Line,Honesdale,PA

Friday, July 21, 2017 was a rather historic day for the town of Honesdale, PA – as a series of steam-powered excursions ran on The Stourbridge Line for the first time since 1979. The motive power for this particular set of trips was Viscose Company 0-4-0 #6, which pulled an impressive set of cars out and back on five hour-long excursions each day of the weekend. The diminutive tank engine, sporting “The Stourbridge Line” and Lion magnets (in honor the first steam locomotive to operate in the US, the Stourbridge Lion) pulled two cabooses, four passenger cars, and the “presidential car”, the Wellsboro, by itself on each run. This day marked the official “Return of Steam” to Honesdale and The Stourbridge Line. Enjoy this footage from both onboard and trackside!(Big Jim Video Productions)

SOLE SLIP: LNWR Coal Tank No 1054(Chris Eden-Green)

One of the most travelled LNWR locomotives in preservation, as covered by Sole Slip, Coal Tank No 1054.
This is an original documentary produced by me and my friends, starring my creations and myself. I required no permission to film on any of the premises featured in this production.
The music, images and artwork are my own creations unless otherwise stated.(Chris Eden-Green)

Steam in Slovenia – Nova Gorica to Jesenice – cab, passenger and forward views.(TimsVideoChannel1)

After a tasty dinner at a local restaurant our group made their way back to Nova Gorica station where the TranAlpina train headed by Class 33 steam locomotive No. SŽ 33-037 was simmering at the head of a beautifully preserved rake of vintage four wheel carriages. The driver made a spirited departure as we headed for Jesenice along one of the most scenic lines in Europe. The ride in the four wheeled carriages was decidedly lively at speed, creating some pretty challenging conditions for photographers. This is one of those routes that is well worth following with “Google Earth”, to get a better idea of the succession of dams and the depth of the gorges the train traverses. At Bled Jezero I take the camera into the locomotive cab where we can see just how tough the job of driving and firing the engine really is, especially in long tunnels. Finally we draw into Jesenice where the sun is setting on what had been a remarkable day. This is one of just a hand full of scheduled steam hauled trains still operated in Europe offering a totally authentic glimpse of how it used to be. A ticket to ride this train has to be the highlight of any visit to this wonderfully scenic part of the world. 
Music – ES_Easy in the City – Johan Hynynen – Epidemic Sound


Steam Tube Blogs 1:The GSN Locomotive and why Engines Must Not Enter..(railwayblogger)  

A BBC programme that I first saw as a child got me thinking about railwaymen and their dedication to the job. I’ve also included some of my photos from the 1970s which I’ve scanned in from the slides from the time. They’re not as great quality in terms of photography as you would get today but I hope you will agree that they are very interesting!
We also have a great report from the team restoring the GSN 35011 Locomotive.Don’t forget if you are involved in a project and want to share it with the railway community, you are welcome to post on my Facebook or Twitter page and I’ll reshare it out to all my followers.
This Class 76 at Guide Bridge is one of my photos from the 1970s. See more and find out why the Engines must not enter the potato sidings!
We’ve just had the 50 anniversary of the end of steam traction on British Rail Southern Region the railwayblogger is delighted to bring you a guest post by Simon Shutt from  the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society
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Steam Tube Blogs 2. THE HORDES ON AISGILL.(Dave Wilson)

Hordes is, perhaps, a slight over statement but, there were probably 50+ in the immediate vicinity, here at Mallerstang common, and earlier in the day, when I drove past Ribblehead, there must have been well over a hundred, judging by the number of parked cars and folk milling about – there was even a burger van.

A few A3s were transferred to Holbeck, when they were displaced from the ECML, and ended their days working over this former Midland Railway route between Leeds and Carlisle. Quite what the Holbeck men thought of them, after working with the Scots and the Jubilees, for most of their time, would be interesting to know.  This is one area in which the fireman on today’s main line runs have to be credited. Getting to grips with the quirks of different firing methods and patterns, on an A3 one trip an 8F or Castle on the next, isn’t easy; especially if you are only out firing main line steam on a few trips a month.

During my time as a fireman with BR I fired on over 20 different classes of locomotives, from all regions except the Western and from Jinties to Merchant Navies. Some, like the B1, Fairburn tank, and 9F, I only worked on one or two trips – on others, like the Bulleid Pacifics, Standard Class 4 & 5s or WDs I worked on countless times and over hundreds of miles, so I know just how tricky it can be working on different engines out on the main lines.

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:


Tornado…The Story so far…

  • Saturday 5th August – ‘The Towy Tornado’ – Eastleigh to Carmarthen and return – Pathfinder Tours
  • Monday 28th August – ‘The Easterling’ – London King’s Cross to Great Yarmouth – A1SLT promoted tour- bookings through UK Railtours
  • Wednesday 6th September – ‘Belmond British Pullman’ – London to Bristol (return with No. 35028 Clan Line) – Belmond British Pullman
  • Sunday 10th september – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear and return – Torbay Express
  • Saturday 16th September – ‘The Border Raider’ – Birmingham for the Settle & Carlisle Railway – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September – Barrow Hill Roundhouse ‘Pacific Power’ weekend
  •  Saturday 7th October – ‘The Tees-Tyne Express’ – Dorridge to Newcastle and return – 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.

See also: One Last Push to Fund Tornado’s Tender

New & ReBuild News.

General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society


Latest News: July

The latest news from the General Steam Navigation project featuring a busy month of events and the machining of our latest component. 

The Clan Project..72010 Hengist

Patron: The Hon Sir William McAlpine, Bt          
President: Mr James Baldwin IEng, MIET, MIGPP, Dip Eng Mgmt        
Chairman: Allan Jones 

The Annual General Meeting of the Standard Steam Locomotive Company Ltd, parent organisation of The ‘Clan’ Project, was held at ‘Steam’, the museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon, on the afternoon of Saturday 15th July 2017; being preceded, on the morning of the same day, by a full Council of Management meeting

This was an extremely successful event, where the progress in the acquisition of frame parts, over the past twelve (12) months, was explained in detail to those present, using a PowerPoint presentation written for the purpose (see illustration).

A sizeable number of members attended and showed themselves to be fully engaged with proceedings, there being many and varied questions and suggestions from the floor and a considerable amount of donations were taken on the day, along with persons joining as new members.

Items from our branded goods range were on sale, and some members bought items there and then, with others ordering clothing in specific sizes, which has since been ordered to their requirements.

At the AGM, membership secretary Allan Jones was nominated for the vacant Chairman’s position by the membership, and was duly elected to that position. This change in the management team was brought about by the regrettable and unexpected decision of Chairman Elect, Alan Lowe, not to stand for formal election, due to ever increasing constraints on his time and availability – a decision received with much sadness by the Council of Management.

Commercial Director Bob Ife and B.R.S.L.O.G. Representative, and Sales & Trading Officer, Chris Jones, were also unanimously re-elected to their respective posts, in line with the Council’s ‘three year’ rule.

The newly elected Chairman will continue in the role of membership secretary conjointly, there being no difficulty in combining the two positions at the present time.

Currently we are actively seeking to recruit a Company Secretary, Vice Chairman, and a Media/Publicity advisor, in order to further strengthen the management team as we move toward the commencement of the build.

Help raise funds for this new build steam locomotive by using the link below when purchasing online. The retailer will then donate a percentage of your purchase to the project at NO cost to yourself.

More news HERE

The Brighton Belle

Keep in touch with the restoration…and the count-down to the launch of excursions on the mainline  HERE

2007 Prince of Wales.(A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Image)

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce that Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, Darlington-based global leaders in technology based engineering, construction and steel fabrication services, is to assemble the locomotive’s tender tank.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity, builders and operators of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.

Cleveland Bridge has agreed to build the new locomotive’s tender tank on very beneficial terms.  They have agreed to fabricate the tender tank, the construction of which is like a lightweight box girder structure, from weathering steel plate as well as shot blasting and primer painting the finished structure. The construction of the tender will take an estimated two years, with a break part way through the process for the tender tank base plate to go to the workshop of I D Howitt in Crofton, West Yorkshire to be trial fitted to the tender frames. This is the same process that was used for the tender built for No. 60163 Tornado.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has agreed to provide a number of Cleveland Bridge apprentices with the opportunity to assist in building No. 2007 Prince of Wales,providing them with experience in a different engineering environment.  Overall, the sponsorship by Cleveland Bridge is significant to the project and enables us to bring forward the construction of the tender by at least 12 months.

Cleveland Bridge Apprentices. (Cleveland Bridge Image)

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and well over 830 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch.  In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 people have donated £1,000 each – target 100 people, now closed), The Boiler Club (around 120 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 160 people have pledged £1,000 each – target now raised from160 to 200 people and £200,000 to £250,000), Dedicated Donations (over £200,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components) and the sponsorship of the locomotive’s distinctive front-end by The Gresley Society Trust. This means that the project has already received pledges of over 45% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Other recent progress includes:

  • Wheelsets: assembly of the crank axle has been completed by South Devon Railway Engineering (SDRE) and it is in the process of finish machining by Unilathe of Stoke on Trent;  The Cartazzi axle, wheels and tyres are with SDRE  for assembly
  • Smokebox: the smoke lifting screen beading is now fully fitted
  • Sandboxes: the original class P2 locomotives were fitted with gravity sanders for the leading coupled wheels and steam operated forward sanders for the driving coupled wheels. No backward sanders were fitted. No. 2007 is likely to do significant work in reverse, mostly on heritage railways, but from time to time hauling substantial loads over significant gradients on the main line running tender first. The leading and forward driving sanders have been altered for air operation (as perTornado) and new backward sandboxes and fillers have been designed. All six sandboxes and fillers have been assembled and fitted to the frames
  • Fittings: the superheater header has arrived at Darlington Locomotive Works
  • Brake & spring gear: orders have been placed with I D Howitt Ltd at Crofton for brake hangers and spring gear details
  • Boiler Cladding: The boiler cladding has been modified from the original design to reflect minor changes in the specification of No. 2007, including reducing the overall height of the locomotive by one inch to comply with the “go anywhere” national network loading gauge. A skeleton frame is being manufactured to enable the cladding to be made prior to delivery of the boiler. This enables the Trust to put off ordering the boiler by six months and still maintain the anticipated completion date.

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, commented:

“At Cleveland Bridge we are very conscious of our 140 years of heritage, building many of the most iconic structures in the world including the Victoria Falls Bridge, Bosphorus Bridge, Tsing Ma bridge in Hong Kong, Jiangyin Bridge over the Yangtze, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Thames Flood Barrier, Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford and most recently the Forth Replacement Crossing. Engineering Excellence is at the core of everything we do, and are delighted to support The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in its project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive as they share our commitment to new and higher standards of excellence.”

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added:

“We are pleased to welcome Darlington-based and world leading Cleveland Bridge as a sponsor of No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Their sponsorship of the construction of No. 2007’s tender and secondment of apprentices to Darlington Locomotive Works to work on the engine, will help the Trust to maintain the progress necessary to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

“We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since construction started only three years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 having already reached 100% of our initial fundraising target for The Mikado Club and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes. We would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or joining The Mikado Club. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales continues to gather pace.”

An audience with the Prince of Wales – roadshows along the East Coast Main Line with the P2 Project team

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce that railwayana donated by a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous was sold for £4,870 at auction by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, in Pershore, Worcestershire on Saturday 15th July 2017. The auctioneers kindly waived all seller’s fees due to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s charitable status.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity, builders and operators of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.

The items auctioned on 15th July were:

  1. Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1418 Doncaster 1914 Ex 03 class No 63479 – sold for £1,000
  2. Great Northern Railway brass Locomotive worksplate No 1067 Doncaster 1905 Ex Ivatt C1 class 4-4-2 No 62821- sold for £1,200
  3. LNER cast iron 9×5 works numberplate 9056 Built Gorton 1915 ex Robinson L3 class 2-6- £200 4T No 69056 – sold for £1,250
  4. LNER brass 9×5 works numberplate 3022 Built Doncaster 1910 Ex Ivatt 0-6-0 No 65481 – sold for £620
  5. LMS oval brass worksplate Rebuilt 1921 Derby – sold for £150
  6. Shedplate 10B Preston 1950–1958 then Blackpool Central 1963–1964 with a sub shed of Blackpool North, in ex-loco condition – sold for £130
  7. Great Central Railway cast brass worksplate Gorton 1915 – sold for £520


Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and well over 830 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch.  In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 people have donated £1,000 each – target 100 people, now closed), The Boiler Club (around 120 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 160 people have pledged £1,000 each – target now raised from160 to 200 people and £200,000 to £250,000), Dedicated Donations (over £200,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components) and the sponsorship of the locomotive’s distinctive front-end by The Gresley Society Trust. This means that the project has already received pledges of over 45% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“We are most grateful that one of our valued supporters donated his collection of railwayana to the project to build new Gresley class No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The items were auctioned by GW Railwayana Auctions at Pershore High School, Pershore, Worcestershire on 15th July 2017 and sold for £4,870 – more than the expected £3,500-£4,500.  This kind donation will help the Trust to maintain the progress necessary to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

“We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since construction started only three years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, well over £1m has been spent on construction, over £1.4m donated and over £2.4m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2017 and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes. We would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or even donating items from their railwayana collections. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales continues to gather pace.”

P2 Roadshows

We continue to promote the P2 Project as widely as possible and have already held seven P2 Roadshows in London, Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh. All were very well attended and resulted in substantial donations and sign-ups on the day, with more coming in over the following weeks. The presentations run from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below, no booking is required, admission is free and open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

  • Saturday 14th October 2017 – Dundee Heritage Trust Discovery Point, Dundee
  • Saturday 25th November 2017 – Aberdeen Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen.

These presentations are open to anyone wanting to know more about the project and we are encouraging our existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends.


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US Projects

“Big Boy”

The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) T1 Steam Locomotive Trust

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

Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2


Updates HERE


Project 6029 (Beyer Garratt 6029 ex-NSWGR)

Latest news from The Project 6029 blog HERE



Victorian Steam Locomotive Company.

Here’s an updated image for you all.

The cab has been completed (apart from doors, windows, etc) and design of the smokebox layout is almost completed.

A crowd funding campaign will be launched very soon to raise money to build the smokebox barrel, so keep an eye out here and on our website for that.

Thank you once again to all who gave money for the cab and we look forward to your support in building the smokebox.

Drawings for the smokebox layout are nearing completion and quotes will be obtained shortly thereafter. To begin with we will produce the smokebox itself (without the door) and so we will obtain quotes for this once the drawings are finalised.

We will launch a funding campaign to raise the money to have the smokebox built, so please keep an eye out for this news here on our Facebook page, as well as in printed material too.

If you would like to contribute to the smokebox sooner rather than later, please visit our website and consider supporting us with $5 a week ($22 per month). This will set up an automatic debit via PayPal and the funds go directly to building V499.

The latest bulletin from the V499 Project…

Good afternoon,

Firstly we would like to note that it has been a very long time since you have head from us here at the V499 Project, however things have been moving along very nicely. Lats year we raised money to build the cab of the locomotive. We are very happy and excited to announce that the cab has finally been completed and will shortly arrive at our work site on the Victorian Goldfields Railway in Maldon. We had a few big delays in getting the cab built, mostly out of hands. There was a huge waiting period at the cutting company who were also supplying the steel and then there was even more of a wait for fabrication. Happily though, the metal was cut for the cab on May 4th & 5th 2017 and the fabrication commenced on June 28th. The cab has now been completed and it looks amazing. This is all thanks to you and your financial support, large or small. It would have taken twice as long to achieve this milestone without you, so we would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to each and every one of you. After the cab arrives at the railway we need to clean all the surface rust off it and then paint it in kill-rust metal primer paints. After this has been finished we will send an invitation to you to come and see, touch and walk inside the cab that you have helped to build. No one has seen a component of a VR V class since January 1930, when the last of the class were cut up, so this will be your opportunity to be one of the first to see this brand new component of our brand new locomotive; V499. The next item to build for the project is the front, know as the smokebox layout. This is what the chimney sits on top of and where the locomotive also get its ‘face’. We will be launching a crowd funding campaign for this too, so if you’re interested in helping out with this too then we would certainly love your backing. Thank you once again from all the volunteer team here at the V499 Project and we will be in contact with you all again very soon. Regards, Zac

LMS Ex inspection 45036

The 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)

Andrew Barclay 2352…

Andrew Barclay 2352 has been brought by a private individual from the Swindon and Cricklade railway recently and is in need of restoration.A fund raising page had been set up for the boiler build etc….HERE

Weʼre raising £50,000 to Help get Andrew Barclay 2352 steaming for years to come by donation towards getting her boiler finished…The plan is to contract the work out and get them to first shape the back plate and attach it to the firebox followed by then the creation of the inner firebox and the throat plate so that the barell can then be offered up to the firebox and attached together with then the tube plate and tubes made then finally the ashpan and smokebox and door made and fitted before a out of frame boiler test.

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

On This Day in History.

Great Western Railway (Great Britain) takes delivery of its first ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 express passenger steam locomotive from its Swindon Works, No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle

Castle Class 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe” heads the “Cathedrals Express” -Tyseley to Paddington and return- through recently refurbished and double tracked Honeybourne station on the Cotswold Line.(17/09/2011)

The world’s first underground tube railway, the Tower Subway, opens in London, England. On its first trip, 12 people travel 450 yards(411meteres) in 11(eleven) seconds.

Volk’s Electric Railway, the first of its kind in Britain, opens at Brighton.
The month of June has seen great progress being made as the steel skeleton of the new depot reaches roofline and the prefabricated Aquarium Station and Visitor Centre is lowered onto its foundations. The new station buildings travelled on low-loaders from the manufacturer in Newhaven and were lowered into place during the night of 15th/16th…

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British Government takes control of railways as a wartime measure


Steam locomotive power was withdrawn from British Rail

Sir John Betjeman on the end of steam trains – ‘Railways For Ever’ (1970)                                     This film is available to buy as part of the 18-disc boxset ‘The British Transport Films Collection’ – http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/…    Courtesy: BFI

The Great Train Robbery is the name given to a £2.6 million train robbery committed on 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. The bulk of the stolen money was not recovered. It was probably the largest robbery by value in British history.

A lot of information on this infamous event is around on the internet. Sadly, the romanticising of the crime, and the criminals ..effectively turning them into popular heroes (E.G the film “Buster”) completely overlooks the fact that the brutal attacks on the driver Jack Mills, and his second man, David Whitby, brought about their untimely deaths after much suffering. Jack Mills died at the age of 64 in 1970, and David Whitby was just 34 years old when he died of a heart attack, nine years after the event. Neither man recovered from the trauma of their brutal treatment.

And you might be forgiven for wondering why the criminals’ families were able to receive large sums of money from the popular press for their stories, when the compensation to these two men was pitiful. Or why the West Cheshire Coroner concluded that there was no reason to hold an inquest (after Jack Mills death) and that while he was aware that Mills had been injured in the incident (incident???), there was no connection as far as he was concerned………. You might think otherwise. At least the The Daily Mail then launched an appeal on his behalf that raised £34,000, which enabled Mills to move into a more comfortable house in Crewe..although he never fully enjoyed the benefits of the public’s generosity,dying shortly after moving into the property.)

Regulation of Railways Act

This act introduced government regulation to the railways
Measures contained in the Act were;

    • No railway to be opened without notice;
    • Returns to be made by railway companies;
    • Appointment of Board of Trade inspectors;
    • Railway byelaws to be approved by the Board;
    • Prohibition of drunkenness by railway employees;
    • Prohibition of trespass on railways.

The Wennington Junction rail crash in England kills 8 people

Royal Scot class of locomotives introduced

A rail crash in Weedon kills 10 people

17 Aug 1857
West Somerset Railway Company incorporated by Act of Parliament

Daniel Gooch takes up his position of Locomotive Superintendent of the GWR.

Publication in the United Kingdom of the Railways Act 1921, which provided for the amalgamation of British railway companies into four large groups, “The Big Four”, with effect from January 1, 1923. Read the Act Here.

Birth of Daniel Gooch at Bedlington, Northumberland

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Daniel Gooch by Leslie Ward 1882

The Sevenoaks railway accident in England kills 13.

The first train operates over the regauged Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway using 1 ft 3 in (381 mm) gauge equipment

Great Western Railway begins using its Fishguard terminus in Wales for boat trains in connection with the Cunard steamships on Atlantic routes as a first port of call.

Radstock to Frome Railway Project

Latest News from this group can be found HERE

Christian Wolmar… Railway Historian.

Book review: The English Railway Station


If you missed Christian’s talk at the British Museum just recently on “Revolutionary Railroad: The Trans-Siberian 1891 – 1920″, here is one we made earlier of his talk at the Hay Festival 2014 on his book on the aforementioned railway..”To The Edge of The World “

Courtesy: Sean Dudden on YouTube.


Around the UK’s Heritage Railways A – Z



The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains

Latest Newsletter: HERE

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

30742 Charters

Latest News from Martin Creese….
Find 30742 Charters on Facebook at www.facebook.com/30742charters

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The LNWR Teutonic class was a class of 10 passenger three-cylinder compound 2-2-2-0 locomotives designed by F. W. Webb for the London and North Western Railway, and manufactured by them in their Crewe Works between 1889 and 1890.(Courtesy: Hugh Cantlie)