On Shed -October 2017 Edition


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


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Discussion: A cracking shot ..Courtesy: Robin Coombes

Welcome…and news….
Editor’s Selection:1 Paul Salveson… Last trains, end of steam
Editor’s Selection:2 David Shepherd.(1931-2017)
Editor’s Selection:3. Museit: Museum of International Trains.(http://www.museit-museum.com)

100 Trains….the journey so far….
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Tornado…The Story so far…
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Welcome…and news….

A warm welcome to this October Edition Of “On Shed”.

The usual features are here…but mention must be made of the sad passing of David Shepherd, a stalwart supporter of preservation (steam engines, notably 9F 92203 “Black Prince”) and more importantly conservation (The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation)

You can support either cause via donations, or as in the case of Black Prince, take a trip to the North Norfolk Railway, its current owners.

A future edition of “On Shed” will feature a video and photographic portrayal of this iconic engine, but with special emphasis on its renowned owner.

Also in this edition, we are introduced to another effort to gather important historic artefacts of railway history. The prime mover in this instance is Claudio Boccherini..read about this at  Editor’s Selection:3. Museit: Museum of International Trains.

It is good to see Steam Tube members (from the old site!) sharing their uploads with us on YouTube via Steam Tube’s Facebook page..Many thanks for helping us to keep as full a record of steam traction and locomotion in this country, and elsewhere. It will be with us for a good while yet, given the regular mainline appearances of steam locomotives  such as “Tornado”, and with the P2 project moving on, there is plenty to keep the most fervent fan and enthusiast interested.

Remember though..the continuation of these splendid engines, be it at heritage centres around the world, or on mainline trips, depends on us contributing our finances..visiting travelling on…. Your continued support in these ways will go a long way to keeping steam alive.

Thank you..

Now, on with this edition..

Editor’s Selection:1 Paul Salveson… Last trains, end of steam

(From Weekly Salvo No 244)

The next few months will see a tsunami of events and articles on the 50thanniversary of ‘the end of steam’. Needless to say, the Salvo will not be behind in wallowing in nostalgia. And for the record, it’s 51 years ago today that the Great Central main closed as a passenger route.

I travelled down from Huddersfield behind LMS Jubilee ‘Alberta’ on the Leeds/Bradford – Poole and then hung around Nottingham Victoria station and Colwick loco shed, where SR ‘Merchant Navy’ 35030 was being serviced having brought in a railtour. Grimy ‘Black 5’ 44984 headed one of the very last Great central ‘expresses’ over the tops of Midland Station as we waited for ‘Alberta’ to couple on to our returning Leeds/Bradford. And what a thrash that was! But 51st anniversaries are neither here nor there. What was happening in my life on September 3rd 1967? Well I’m not sure as my notebooks have disappeared for that period. I’ll have to dig out Steve Leyland’s ‘After The Stripe’ vol. 3 to find out, though I do have notes from October onwards which include the epic footplate ride on 73069 from Stockport to Sheffield via Whaley Bridge. The various groupings of old cranks associated with particular sheds – Stockport Edgeley, Bolton, Lostock Hall and no doubt others, are re-uniting to plan events next Spring and Summer. It’s a bit like The Blues Brothers (‘we’re gonna re-form the band’…)

Settle delights

All the excitement around the 50th anniversary of the end of steam has obviously got to me. I’ve reverted back to juvenile dementia and started revising the haunts of my teenage years. Hoghton Bank, Stainforth Gorge, Wilpshire, Blackrod. Last Tuesday saw ‘The Fellsman’ from Lancaster to Carlisle (via Blackburn) being hauled by Stanier goods engine 48151. Very nice, though I have to admit my preference would have been for an LMS Jubilee such as Leander. But whatever, it made a grand sight climbing to the top of Hoghton Bank.

I headed off to Settle, safe in the knowledge that it had a 45 minute water stop at Hellifield so I could easily get in front of it. And so it turned out. There was a large crowd of folk waiting to see it head north through Settle station, and they were certainly not disappointed. Whilst ‘8151 was making good enough progress on Hoghton Bank, it went through Settle like a thunderstorm, showering the delighted spectators with hot cinders (‘rockets’ in crank parlance).

Settle station has evolved as a classic ‘community hub’. The booking office, which is closely linked to the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Co., is a bright welcoming place. Nice to see station-master Paul Brown keeping busy with passenger queries and helping out on the platform. The station shop is staffed by volunteers from the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and has a great range of railway books and local publications.


Behind the station is the S&C ‘Joiner’s Shop’ which has developed into a mini-industry in its own right, providing well-made signage and other fittings for the station and others along the route. And next to that is the newly-established (in the UK) DCC Concepts which provides electrical equipment for model railways – see https://www.dccconcepts.com/. So it really is a community/economic hub. And next to all that is what is now a great dales attraction in the shape of Mark and Pat Rand’s watertower. In the yard there is an original S&C bothy and a wooden bodied coal wagon. I must not forget to mention Gladys, with whom I’m quite smitten. She is a 1914-built Model T Ford. We had a most pleasant spin up to Arcow Quarry, with Drew Haley from the Development Co. We turned quite a few heads, I can tell you.

Editor’s Selection:2 David Shepherd.(1931-2017)

David Shepherd, renowned artist and railway preservationist, died this past week. (19?th September 2017)

He is best remembered for his support of animal and wildlife preservation, which will no doubt live on in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

And railway preservationists will recall fondly his rescuing of railway locomotives from scrapyards..notably..9F No.  92203, named “Black Prince”. Perhaps this iconic locomotive, which for many years was resident on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, and is now with the North Norfolk Railway, should be renamed “David Shepherd-Wildlife Foundation”…Just a thought..

..and this is a video clip of an event at Toddington in 2008.

David Shepherd, Black Prince and BBMF at Toddington June 2008. The flypast was reciprocating David Shepherd’s hospitality to BBMF the previous autumn, and to join in the celebration of Black Prince’s 40 years in preserved ownership!!

A sad loss.

Editor’s Selection: 3. Museit: Museum of International Trains.( http://www.museit-museum.com)

We are a new museum with a global vision, a project that does not know boundaries, a museum with one of the most important and largest train model collection in the world. It will be an integrated resource to present every aspect of the world’s railroad development and its impact on the world’s society, culture and economy.

MUSEIT will offer a wide an incomparable collection of scale models trains. It will illustrate the worldwide train adventure from its beginning until nowadays, all presented with an extensive historical documentation and interactive tools, that will help and stimulate children to enter the railway adventure . Thousands of artifacts allow to get a special glimpse of the railroad world.

 The origin of the model collection goes back to 1958. In the beginning, the collection mostly included italian train models, later german, french and american models were added. Today after ten years of investigation, ongoing studies and a growing collection we have created a unique project.

Our Mission

Contribute to the vitality of communities by presenting new contents, new narratives, configure new relations and perceptions of other cultures which equip people to live in a globalized, multicultural society.

To preserve and transmit values through the collection, the history and the fabulous experience of the railroad world.

To bring history, adventure, learning and fun into people´s lives, to relate the artifacts to something people values today.

To collect and buy a large number of scale model trains and all sorts of objects representing the history of railways around the world…..

Claudio Boccherini contacted us about this museum, that he is hoping to put together in Orlando,Florida. Some of the artefacts are historical gems, to say the least!

In his own words, “the project has the most important and unique collection of train models in the world but a lot of unique areifacts as the personal service of the dining car of Mareschal Foch. Uniforms of world wide railways from 1900 to today; documents of Kaiser Wilhelm II,  the personal service of dining car used by Napoleon III, the menu of the American  trip of Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a Southern Pacific dining car.”

“I am trying to find private companies or private people that are interested in investing in the project for the building and the interiors to receive the collection.”

Claudio will be pleased to hear from any willing investors and supporters to make this a reality. Contact him at: info@museit-museum.com



100 Trains….the journey so far….

Now that long-distance walking is no longer possible for me, I will continue my ataxia awareness-raising/fundraising efforts by making short city walks, and travelling between cities by train/bus.

And the first of these tours, which I am currently in the middle of, is a tour of Europe, highlighting the accessibility of the most-popular hotels and tourist attractions.

I’ll be sharing loads of articles/photographs of my trip as I go, which I will share here, and on Twitter and Facebook.

So sit back and enjoy a tour of Europe.

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Some more from the Cantlie Collection: Courtesy Hugh Cantlie.



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5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe hauls the final Shakespeare Express of 2017 -This was a must see event and it nearly went horribly wrong. Not only was this the last of the 2017 Shakespeare Express series it was the final appearance of the Earl on this train for some time to come as the locomotive goes for overhaul in the first half of 2018. It was a tense time at Dorridge as an engineer’s train was timed to arrive one minute before the Earl which was running one minute early. This was to be my lucky day as the video shows. Thanks as usual goes to the Vintage Trains team for the usual high standard of keeping to time and the superb condition of the Earl. I hope you enjoy the video and it is best viewed in 2160p.(John Edkins)

North Norfolk Railway 2017 Autumn Gala from the Lineside Pt 4. Another L.N.E.R. engine hauling trains during the gala was Class N7 No.1744. On hire from the Great Central Railway, 1744 is seen hauling trains at various points along the line(Clive Town)

Belmond British Pullman, 35028 Clan Line, 6th September 2017.Filmed at Bathampton.(Dave Wadley)

EXPOSITION DE MODÉLISME FERROVIAIRE AU CFTV. Ribemont (01 & 02/07/2017)(Philibru Productions)To celebrate its 40th anniversary and the centenary of the steam locomotive 140.C.314, the CFTV (Tourist Railway of the Vermandois) organized several events including an exhibition of railway modeling and steam train rides between Ribemont and Mézières -sur-Oise in the department of Aisne. This exhibition was also the occasion to meet several associations working to safeguard the railway heritage (APPMF, MFPN, FACS, ARPDO-Rotonde 80) and to take stock of their activities.

The Moors and Dales Express, 60103 Flying Scotsman, 15th September 2017.Approaching Wellingborough.(Dave Wadley)

60163 Tornado storms by Searchlight Lane hauling the Border Raider on 16 Sep 2017.(John Edkins)

Leek & Rudyard Railway Steam Gala 2017 (Part 1)
The Leek & Rudyard Railway held their annual Steam Gala on 16th and 17th September 2017. Once again it was an excellent event with the home fleet operating alongside Guest Locos Empress and Nelly. An intensive timetable of both Passenger and freight trains ran on both days.

There was also the chance to catch a few Diesel hauled trains throughout the day. The highlight of the day must surely be the Cavalcade when all available Locos operate together. Quite a spectacular scene, and noisy.

The North Staffs Model Engineering Society were offering rides on their 5” Railway. A superb model Railway was on Platform 2 and a fine display of classic cars were on show in the car park.

This video is Part one of two filmed at the Steam Gala weekend. I sometimes fail to appreciate how much organising and preparation goes into staging a Steam Gala so in the first video I have included some footage of the guys preparing the Locos,and generally getting things ready for the Gala,

Many Thanks to each and every one of the volunteers at the LRR for once again making this a fantastic not to be missed Steam Gala.
Also the Classic car owners, The Model Railway, The North Staffs Model Engineers and to the owners of the guest Locos.
(mollsmyre on YouTube)

The Yorkshireman, 60009 Union of South Africa, 23rd September 2017.At Barnes bridge. Courtesy: Dave Wadley)

The Cathedrals Express, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland, 23rd September 2017.At Overton (Courtesy: Dave Wadley)

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70A – LEARNING THE ROPES(Dave Wilson-Steam Age Daydreams)

It was the Spring of 1963 when I walked down Brooklands Road to book-on for my first day at Nine Elms – I had arrived there via spells at Farnley Junction and Stewarts Lane, so I wasn’t new to the job. After booking-on, at the time office, just inside the main gate, it was a short stroll to the driver’s lobby and mess room inside the ‘new’ running shed. For the next three years this was to be my home from home.

Nine Elms, in 1963, was a busy, bustling, place with an eclectic mix of motive power. The depot’s compliment of working locos ranged from Bulleid’s Q1 Class 0-6-0 ‘Charlies’ through Maunsell’s S15 4-6-0s and Moguls, (known to many as U-Boats or Woolies and by some as Mongolipers/Mongolifers?). Then there were Riddles’ Standards of several different classes, in both tank and tender varieties, and on to the ‘top of the range’ Bulleid ‘Light’ Pacifics and his 8P Merchant Navy Class. In the back roads, ‘out of use’, there were Maunsell’s Schools class 4-4-0s and Drummond M7 tank engines.

The duties this range of motive power undertook were as varied as the engines themselves, ECS movements from Clapham Carriage Sidings to Waterloo, trip goods workings over the Chessington branch, fitted freights to and from Nine Elms Goods or Feltham Yard. Then there were the hurtling down the main line turns, with crack expresses, like the Royal Wessex, Bournemouth Belle, and Atlantic Coast Express, which were all in a day’s work for Nine Elms men. There was even the ‘Kenny Belle’ a special train for Post Office workers between Clapham Junction and Kensington Olympia – a turn often entrusted to one of Riddles’ tank engines.

After booking on, I had to see the running shed foreman on duty at the time, a gentleman by the name of Ted Edgington, as I recall. Mr. Edgington, I came to discover, was a very knowledgeable chap especially when it came to Greyhounds – and no I don’t mean Drummond’s T9 Class. It was time to find out what link I was in and who was to be my new regular mate. Link position was determined by seniority, (everything on the railway worked on seniority),  and it turned out that my seniority date had initially placed me in Link 4 as fireman to driver Fred Walker, he didn’t know what to expect and I had a lot to learn.

Although I had been at work on the railway for over a year my footplate experience was fairly limited. At Farnley Junction, as a passed-cleaner, I had worked; station pilot, the shed shunter turn which included a trip goods down the Leeds Fireclay branch, a few dozen freight workings between Copley Hill Yard and Hillhouse Goods and a dozen or two cross-Pennine freights to places such as Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne.

It will come as no surprise to learn that trundling twenty miles with a loose coupled goods train, or working station pilot, bears no comparison with a fast commuter service between London and Basingstoke. My previous experience of passenger workings amounted to a trip from Tunbridge Wells to London Bridge, one Saturday morning, during my brief stay at Stewarts Lane. This duty was, if memory serves, about five coaches, at a leisurely pace, with a couple of station stops thrown in for good measure. The motive power was one of Maunsell’s 2-6-0s either an N or U1 class; I don’t remember which. I do remember arriving at London Bridge with enough fire to get over Shap and the driver doing his best to blast it away on route back to Stewarts Lane. Proof, if ever it was needed, of the importance of route knowledge.

My first real taste of the South Western mainline was on one of Link 4’s ‘regular’ turns the 7.54pm service from Waterloo to Basingstoke, calling at Woking and then all stations to Basingstoke. The usual motive power for these turns was either a ‘Standard Arthur’ or its baby sister the Standard Class 4MT. My first few runs with the 7.54pm were a steep learning curve – and there were several instances where both steam and water were at a premium. If nothing else it had shown me the limitations of my experience – enthusiasm, whilst it may be welcome, is no substitute.

Driver Walker had no idea how green I was and I wasn’t about to enlighten him. To the uninitiated coal is coal, it’s black and dusty and makes a lot of smoke and ash when you burn it. In the tenders of the Stanier Black 5s, Crabs, Jinties, Jubes, and the ‘Dubdees’ that I’d fired whilst at Farnley Junction the coal was ‘hard’, (Anthracite), Yorkshire coal, shiny, and easy to crack along the seams using the coal pick. This type of coal is quick to ignite and is relatively fast burning; features which distinguished it from the coal in the tenders of engines coming off-shed at Nine Elms. The coal at Nine Elms was ‘soft’, (Lignacite), coal and it has very different characteristics, with important consequences for the way you fire the locomotive. Soft coal is slow to ignite, as it burns it swells to a slightly cauliflower like appearance and then burns away much more slowly than hard coal. Soft coal is also more prone to clinkering and could become a problem if the engine was worked hard followed by spells of relative inactivity – which allowed the clinker to set on the firebars cutting down the air supply to the fire.

These factors make it much easier to create a ‘green’ fire with ‘soft’ coal. (A ‘green fire’ is the result of adding layers of coal on top of coal which itself is not properly ignited.) On the printed page these seem like trifling differences – out on the mainline they are the difference between steam and no steam.  Differences in types of coal were only part of the learning curve, getting to know when and where the engine was going to be worked was another vital element. For example, when getting away from the permanent slack through Clapham Junction station and climbing up the cutting through Earlsfield to Wimbledon the engine would be being worked quite hard, 35% or 40% cut-off and full regulator, accelerating the train away from the slack through Clapham Junction and tackling a short climb up through Earlsfield towards Wimbledon. After passing Wimbledon and travelling on towards Raynes Park cut-off would be shortened to 25% to 30% thus reducing the demand for steam, softening the beat, and lowering the pull on the fire.

Knowing when and where demands were going to be made on the boiler is not absolutely vital if the engine is steaming freely but, when things are not going to plan, this knowledge is the difference between stopping for a ‘blow-up’ and keeping going. Gaining this sort of knowledge only comes from having to deal with these circumstances and travelling the route time and time again. My early learning with Driver Walker avoided having to stop for a ‘blow-up’ but the margins were pretty thin on a couple of occasions.

There were other things which affected steaming, how long the engine had gone since its last boiler ‘wash-out’ and how long it had been in service since the fire had last been cleaned and  how full of ash the smokebox was. The way the driver drove the engine also altered the way the engine steamed. The Standard Arthurs, like the Black 5’s they were modelled on, enjoyed being worked with around twenty to twenty five percent cut-off using the regulator to moderate the power supply to the cylinders. Having too short a cut-off could result in a lack of draw on the fire, reducing its heat and lowering steam raising capability.

Having ‘survived’ my first couple of outings on the 7.54pm ‘down’ I slowly began to get the hang of things. One of the first lessons I learned was making sure that the fire was prepared properly before going off shed. The trick was to take time to build the fire up slowly, making sure that all the coal was well alight before adding more. Keeping spare boiler water capacity was helpful as this meant that you could await the right-away at Waterloo with the blower on, getting everything on the boil before the off and being able to top up the boiler water to prevent excess blowing-off. Thus when the lights went green and the guard blew his whistle you had 3/4qtrs of a glass of water and, if you’d done everything right, a well made fire burning through nicely.

That all makes it seem very simple, Boys Own Annual stuff, rattling rails and the flashing blade. Clunk, reality check! You’re with some bloke you hardly know, you’re a bit nervous, things aren’t going well, steam pressure is falling. Stopping for a ‘blow-up’ isn’t what you need, it creates delay and generates a ‘please explain’ or ‘No.1’ form for the driver to answer, a lost time ticket from the guard for good measure. It can also mean you have to get off the engine and trek to the nearest trackside phone or signal box to tell the bobby why you’ve stopped – all a bit embarrassing really. You know all this, as the sweat, quite literally, drops from the end of your nose, as you struggle, with shovel, dampers, and injectors, to keep steam pressure high enough to prevent the brakes from coming on.

The gap between the romance and the reality seldom becomes wider than it does at 3.0a.m on a freezing cold, wet, and windy, morning, struggling to keep steam up, see boiler water levels by the light of a guttering paraffin gauge lamp, all whilst trying to pull coal forward because it’s half-way back in the tender. Let’s not forget the charm of a week on P&D work, ( preparing and disposing), 42.5 hours, maybe more if there was overtime, which there usually was, of; cleaning fires, emptying smokeboxes, raking ashpans, coaling up, building fires from a few ‘cinders’ in some cases. Carrying buckets of sand to fill the sand boxes, checking fire irons and finding them if they were missing, as they commonly were. Then you can add making numerous trips to the stores for oil, paraffin, detonators, lamps / discs, for each engine you ‘prepared’.

The mess room door would open and the running shed foreman would tell you, ‘the next 4 on the pit are yours’. If your luck was in they’d all have rocking grates, or at least dropgrates, if not it was the long paddle, some serious sweat, and possibly the odd burn if you weren’t careful. On windy days the smokebox char flew everywhere, so did the coal dust and ashes, a couple of hours into your shift and you looked like an extra from the Black & White Minstrels, not a lot of romance here.

The real nature of railway work was that you’d haul a dozen coaches, filled with passengers, who had entrusted their very lives to your care, who would tip the waiter who served their wine and walk past you without some much as noticing you were there. Apart from a very few crew, at a very limited number of depots, railway work was anonymous toil. There’s only one Bournemouth Belle or Royal Wessex but hundreds of shunting, trip goods, and sundry other minor duties every day, unseen, unsung.

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: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

Tornado…The Story so far…

Tornado and Paddington 2 – not the station!

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is delighted to announce that the locomotive plays a starring role in the new PADDINGTON 2 movie to be released on 10th November 2017 along with luxury vintage train, Belmond British Pullman.

PADDINGTON 2 is an upcoming British-French family-comedy film directed by Paul King, co-written by King and Simon Farnaby, and produced by David Heyman. The film sees stars Ben Whishaw (as the voice of Paddington) Hugh Grant (as Phoenix Buchanan, a faded and narcissistic actor), Brendan Gleeson (as Knuckles McGinty, a safecracker), Hugh Bonneville (as Henry Brown), Sally Hawkins (as Mary Brown), Julie Walters (as Mrs Bird), Jim Broadbent (as Samuel Gruber), Peter Capaldi (as Mr Curry), Madeleine Harris (as Judy Brown), Samuel Joslin (as Jonathan Brown), Imelda Staunton (as the voice of Lucy, Paddington’s aunt) and Tornado as itself. No. 60163 took part in filming at Paddington station and at Leavesden Studios in December and January 2017. The film is set to release in the UK on 10th November 2017.

The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief, who appears to be a master of disguise…

In celebration of the release of PADDINGTON 2 on 10th November 2017, No. 60163 Tornado is to haul two Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys aboard Belmond British Pullman, bringing the magic of Paddington’s adventures to London’s favourite train. Departing from London Victoria Station on 2nd December 2017 and 16th February 2018, the luxurious 1920s and 1930s carriages will take families on a Paddington-inspired journey of a lifetime. Suitable for small and grown up bears, the Afternoon Tea menu includes sweet treats and marmalade sandwiches.  Paddington-inspired activities are also available on-board for families throughout the journey to fully immerse themselves in the world of Paddington.

Graeme Bunker-James, Trustee and Operations Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We were delighted to be asked to provide No. 60163 Tornado for the filming of PADDINGTON 2 alongside the Belmond British Pullman – even more so as the locomotive stars as itself in the movie and is central to the plot. We don’t want to give anything away and ruin any surprises, but suffice to say that Paddington gets into a number of sticky situations involving Tornado.

“Paddington – and Tornado – fans of all ages can experience some of the magic of the film for themselves by travelling on one of the Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys aboard Belmond British Pullman hauled by No. 60163 on either 2nd December 2017 and 16th February 2018. And the Trust has its very own club – the Tornado Team – for younger Tornado fans aged from five to fifteen.”

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

Over 163 supporters have now joined The 163 Pacifics Club

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, is delighted to announce that its fundraising campaign – The 163 Pacifics Club – to purchase the locomotive’s tender from William Cook Cast Products Ltd has reached its initial target of £200,000 pledged.

Tornado’s tender is leased to the Trust under a 15-year loan agreement which will come to an end in 2021. The tender is currently owned by William Cook Cast Products Ltd (the Trust’s Principal Sponsor) as chairman Sir Andrew Cook CBE kindly offered to fund the construction of the tender in 2006, allowing funds being raised to be spent on the engine. By 2014 the Trust had repaid all the £1m debt needed to complete Tornado in 2008 and funded the conversion of BR Mk 1 BCK E21249 into her support coach. The 163 Pacifics Club was launched in September 2013 to fund the purchase of Tornado’s tender on the lease’s expiration in 2021.

Tornado’s tender is a development of those built for the original Peppercorn class A1s – mainly due to the different operating environment on the modern Network Rail main line. Due to the lack of surviving steam infrastructure, water capacity is at a premium and so Tornado’s tender carries 6,200 gallons, as opposed to 5,000 gallons, and seven tons of coal, rather than nine tons in the original A1s. The tender is also the home for many ofTornado’s other unique features including an alternator, Timken cartridge roller bearings (pre-greased sealed self-contained units which do not have to be fitted in enclosed axleboxes), Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS), National Radio Network (NRN) radio, Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R) radio, GPS tracker and of course the mobile phone charger!

Details of The 163 Pacifics Club:

  • The Trust needs to raise £200,000 to purchase Tornado’s tender
  • Although Tornado carries the number ‘60163’ – the next in the Peppercorn class A1 series following No. 60162 Saint Johnstoun – her pre-nationalisation LNER number would have been ‘163’
  • There were therefore 163 ex-LNER express passenger ‘Pacifics’ (wheel arrangement 4-6-2) from the Gresley class A3s/A4s, Thompson class A1/1 and Peppercorn class A1s
  • Due to popular demand, an additional 46 ‘Pacifics’ have been released from the Raven class A2s (five locomotives), Thompson classes A2/1s(four locomotives), A2/2s (six rebuilt Gresley class P2s), A2/3s (15 locomotives), Peppercorn class A2s (15 locomotives, including preserved No. 60532 Blue Peter) and Gresley class A4s (destroyed No. 4469 Gadwall); in addition, the un-named Gresley class W1 4-6-4 No. 10000/60700 has been sponsored
  • If 163 people were to make a one-off donation of £960 (or alternatively donate £240 per month for four months), with the addition of Gift Aid (£240) this would raise £195,600. This club has now been extended to 210 to include the newly released names.
  • As with the previous fundraising schemes, this initiative comes with benefits for those who generously take part, including:
    • A numbered certificate recording the details of the donation and the number/name of the chosen ex- LNER passenger ‘Pacific’
    • Name inscribed on the official Roll of Honour in Darlington Locomotive Works which will detail the ‘Pacific’ sponsored
    • Entry into a draw for a main line footplate ride on No. 60163 Tornado.

Membership of The 163 Pacifics Club has grown steadily since its launch in September 2013 and 166 of the initial 163 ex-LNER Express Passenger ‘Pacific’s’ plus the newly released Raven class A2s, Thompson classes A2/1s, A2/2s, A2/3s, Peppercorn class A2s and Gresley class A4s (destroyed No. 4469 Gadwall) have already received new ‘shed allocations’. One supporter has chosen to sponsor the ‘honorary Pacific’, Gresley class W1 4-6-4 No. 10000/60700 which was un-named but also had 6ft 8in driving wheels.

Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“We are delighted that we have reached our initial target of £200,000 pledged for The 163 Pacifics Club and hope to be in a position to purchaseTornado’s tender from William Cook Cast Products Ltd before the end of its 15 year lease in 2021. Due to popular demand, we decided to release the remaining ex-LNER ‘Pacifics’ for sponsorship which led to a surge in support and within two weeks the initial target was achieved, meaning The 163 Pacifics Club now has 166 of its extended 210 members target.

“William Cook Cast Products Ltd has been principal sponsor to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust through its chairman Sir Andrew Cook CBE since 1994, providing all the steel castings for No. 60163 Tornado and No. 2007 Prince of Wales – including all the wheels – at preferential rates and on generous terms – for which the Trust is enormously grateful. As we have released additional names, we still have 44 ‘Pacifics’ available for sponsorship, including some truly iconic ex-LNER locomotives – please contact the Trust on enquiries@a1steam.com or 01325 460163 for more information and to reserve your favourite ‘Pacific’. Any additional funds raised will be ring-fenced and used for the next overhaul of Tornado’s tender.

“Keeping Tornado on the Network Rail main line is expensive and time consuming and so the Trust is always seeking new supporters and volunteers to come on board. Next year will see the 10th anniversary of Tornado’s completion and we will be seeking to mark this milestone in an appropriate manner.”


Travel with No. 60163 Tornado

Tornado’s packed main line diary for the remainder of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 includes:

  • Saturday 7th October – ‘The Tees-Tyne Express’ – Dorridge to Newcastle and return – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday 25th November – ‘The Chester Christmas Cracker’ – London to Chester and return (Tornado comes off at Bescot on the return which is completed with electric traction) – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 24th February 2018 – ‘The North Briton’ – Cambridge to Carlisle and return (Tornado comes on at Doncaster) –  A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 24th March 2018 – ‘The Sulis and Sarum Express’ – West Midlands to Bath and Salisbury – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings throughUK Railtours
  • Saturday 14th April 2018 – ‘The Ebor Flyer’ – London to York – FIRST 90MPH RAILTOUR –  A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours

Bookings by debit or credit card are via our ticket agents UK Railtours on 01438 715050 www.ukrailtours.com  or through www.a1steam.com.

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

New & ReBuild News.

General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society


The next working party at the Sellindge site will take place between Sunday 22nd and Wednesday 25th October with a another working day on  Saturday 28th October. The society recommends members living in Kent and the surrounding area come along on one of these dates as it will most likely be one of the last chances they’ll have to see GSN in the South East. Members coming along will require sturdy shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty.


Issue 5 of the Packet was sent out to members on the 30th and will be arriving on our members doorsteps in the coming week. This issue features the latest news from our engineering, society stand and machine shop teams, GSN on the S&D, GSN clothing and lots more. The day after the issue went to print the Swanage Railway unfortunately had to cancel there Autumn gala which means we won’t be hosting our stand anymore at the railway that weekend.


Ian Ferguson our expert machinist has recommenced his machining work on the Klinger Valves castings. The main steam supply to the backhead controls is via the Klinger valve sited on the front of the firebox casing on the driver’s side of the engine. The steam combine outlets control the individual steam supply to the two injectors from the two Klinger valves attached to the two right hand apertures, the steam heating from the second left aperture and the vacuum ejector steam supply from the far left aperture. Bulleid’s design allowed the steam supply to each of the main controls to be isolated without having to turn off the supply to all the other controls.. Great to see the project is steadily making progress forward


In issue 5 of the Packet members will also be able to purchase one of our new range of GSNLRS hats. The baseball hats are also available in matching green and black and are made with 100% cotton drill. The baseball hats are one size fits all and are available for immediate shipping. They cost £10 each + £3.30 P&P but the shipping is a one-off charge if you purchase multiple items.

As always thank you for your continued support

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 

While the process has been continuing regarding the frame assembly an opportunity arose to have the reverser wheel cast as the 82045 Trust were having a wheel cast for their BR Standard Class 3 Tank locomotive. More details of 82045 can be found on their website. The photograph above shows the casting at the bottom and pattern at the top.

The reverser wheel has been kindly sponsored by a member of the Council of Management so has not taken any funds away from the frame assembly.

Latest News HERE



The Board of 76084 Locomotive Company Limited have been notified by our largest shareholder of his intention to seek a buyer for his shareholding in 76084 representing 50% of the voting shares.

This may trigger an offer for the entire locomotive.

Locomotive Background

  • 76084 was subject to a fully documented, “bottom-up” 16-year restoration and entered into service in July 2013 at the North Norfolk Railway.
  • The guiding objective was to complete the restoration to MT276 and RSP 6 (main line standard) and to ensure that the workmanship was good for 20 years (i.e. not just “get it through 10 years”). All subsequent care and maintenance has been done with the same objectives and guiding principles.
  • The quality of this restoration, and subsequent maintenance regime, is reflected in the locomotive’s very high in service reliability.
  • Since completing the restoration 76084 has been fully equipped for running on Network Rail (GSMR, OTMR, TPWS – mark IV) and registered on TOPS (98484). This was at a cost of approximately £100k raised from our shareholders.
  • 76084’s operating miles on Network Rail and heritage railways has been fully recorded. It last ran on Network Rail on 27 September 2017 hauling the last North Norfolkman dining train of the season for the North Norfolk Railway.
  • 76084 comes with a quantity of spares, sufficient to support main line running (springs, hoses etc.).
  • 76084 is classified as 4MT. As such it is a medium power locomotive economical on both fuel and water but with a performance that belies its classification.
  • 76084’s full history is covered on this website.

Could you be interested?

Parties with a serious interest in acquiring a large or 100% stake in the locomotive are invited to contact the Company Secretary at secretary@standard4.com by Sunday 15 October 2017.

The Brighton Belle

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

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Latest News at www.125group.org.uk

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.

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(nearest camera) 

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

5043 at Honeybourne 4th October 2014

On This Day in History.



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

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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.

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Source: Wikipedia

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.

A magazine graphic of the scene after the collision; the view is looking south and the relevant sidings are not shown properly; the signal box is behind the artist and the Solway Junction line and platforms are off the frame to the right.(Source: Wikipedia)

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.

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Poster advertising the Winter 1888–89 timetable

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.


A Class 43 on a London Paddington -Hereford service at Honeybourne & Paddington lineup.

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.

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.


At the NRM, with George Stephenson looking on….

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.

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The line in 1837.(Source: Wikipedia)

From Bradshaw’s 1843 timetable:

From both ends on week days, every half-hour from 6 a.m. until 11½ p.m., stopping at all stations, Viz: Booterstown, Black Rock and Salt Hill.
An extra train from Kingstown at 9¼ a.m. stopping at Merrion in addition to the usual stations.
An extra train every day, at 4¾ p.m., stopping at Merrion only. This train will convey passengers to Her Majesty’s mail packet, starting from Kingstown at 5¼ p.m.
The 11 p.m. Up and Down, also stop at Merrion every day.
Sunday trains same hours as on weekdays, with extra trains every ¼ of an hour from 11¾ a.m. to 5¾ p.m. and from 7¾ to 10¼ p.m.
FARES — First Class 1s, second class 8d, third class 6d.

The mail bags are conveyed by the 8½ a.m. by Holyhead; 5 and 10 p.m. by Liverpool.

Source: Wikipedia

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


Anatole Mallet, and an early Mallet 2-cylinder compound locomotive working the Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz (B.A.B.) Railway .(Source: Wikipedia)

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 bytrack 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

The Great Northern Railway opens Kings Cross Station,London

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London Kings Cross, with the Great Northern Hotel on the left..

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,Great Northern Railway of England 1896-1911 (b. 1851).

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Henry Ivatt.(Source: Wikipedia)

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

Latest News from this group can be found HERE

Christian Wolmar… Railway Historian.

Book review: The English Railway Station

Monday, October 30 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Railways and the Raj book launch 
Daunt’s bookshop, London
Thursday, November 23 2017
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Railways and the Raj, launch lecture in aid of Railway Children 
House of vans, London

Around the UK’s Heritage Railways A – Z  “F”



The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains

Latest Newsletter: HERE

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

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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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