On Shed – November 2017 Edition


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


Now features at  Wonderful World of Trains & Planes, Birmingham


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At Bredgar And Wormshill Light Railway.(C) Clive Town.

Welcome…and news….
Editor’s Selection:Black Prince….

Editor’s Selection 3 CAMPAIGN TO RAISE £600,000 FOR NO. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES’ BOILER STEAMS PAST THE HALF-WAY POINT.(13th October 2017)


Editor’s Selection 5: Quique Díaz sells Tranex Turismo to Livio Alsogaray
100 Trains….the journey so far….
Steam Tube Photographic File
Steam Tube Video Vault
Steam Tube Blogs.The Railway To Riccarton LP.(RAILWAYBLOGGER)
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 “G”
30742 Charters
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Welcome…and news….

Welcome to this November 2017 edition of “On Shed”

Several exciting news items regarding Tornado, the P2 Prince of Wales Project, and a new location!. A brief look back at David Shepherd’s railway legacy, with 92203 “Black Prince” centre stage…and a new book review..Christian Wolmar’s excellent “Railways & The Raj”..Its all in the title!

And updates on several new and rebuild projects from the UK and elsewhere.


Editor’s Selection:Black Prince….

Toddington Station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Black Prince’s Home for several years.

 On a cold wintry late afternoon, 9F 92203 “Black Prince” returns the dining train Elegant Excursions (ECS) to Winchcombe (GWR) after a private charter, the last of the 2008 season.

Toddington (on the GWR) is the setting fo the movement of a variety of motive power…..Black Prince, Wadebridge, Foremarke Hall, 44422, 5619 and 5542 plus 2 autocoaches!(2008)

Black Prince, David Shepherd and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.(Edited for effect!) Toddington 2008.



(A1 SLT Images)

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado and Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales, is delighted to announce plans for a new multi-million-pound main line connected base in Darlington. If its fundraising attempts are successful, the new site will be operational in time to play a central role in the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025.


Whessoe Road Track Layout & 1861 Shed.(A1SLT Images)

At the heart of the new base will be the four-track Whessoe Road engine shed which was built by the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1861. Designed by William Peachey, it was one of the S&DR’s last developments before the company was absorbed by the North Eastern Railway in 1863. The shed went on to serve as a wagon repair and paint shop, before falling into disuse in the late 20th Century. Thought to be one of the oldest surviving engine sheds in the world, it will require major roof repairs and other remedial works before it can again house live steam locomotives.

The Trust also plans to build a purpose built, three-road workshop, complete with overhead cranes and educational facilities, where it can maintain and overhaul its locomotive and carriage fleet, as well as build additional locomotives, such as its planned third new steam locomotive, Gresley class V4 No. 3403. Other planned features of the new ‘Darlington Locomotive Works’ include a 70-foot diameter turntable and a carriage shed to house the Trust’s proposed BR mark 3 carriage-based charter train.

The site can be easily and relatively cheaply reconnected to the national network as there is already a fully signalled connection into a rarely used siding in the former yard at Whessoe Road, sited west of Network Rail’s North Road station on the line from Darlington to Bishop Auckland.

A key priority for the Trust is that the site is made publicly accessible on regular advertised open days. It has also identified a quarter to one-third of a mile long running line which could be used for limited steam-hauled passenger rides, running parallel to the Bishop Auckland branch, as well as its more important role as a basic test-bed for the Trusts new and overhauled locomotives. The site also has potential as an operational base should an idea from Darlington Borough Council to run steam hauled shuttle services between Darlington and Bishop Auckland come to fruition.

The land adjacent to the engine shed is currently used by a vehicle component recovery business and all the relevant land is owned by Network Rail. Encouraging discussions have been held with the tenant and Darlington Borough Council has already identified an alternative site for the operation to relocate to. The Trust has appointed Darlington-based lifelong railwayman Paul Bruce as its Whessoe Road project director.

Graeme Bunker-James, Trustee and Operations Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“Our long-awaited new base will be somewhere that both Tornado and Prince of Wales can truly call ‘home’. We hope that we will be able to operate the world’s newest steam locomotives from the world’s oldest active main line engine shed – a true ‘Top Shed’ of the north!

“The intention is to open the Whessoe Road site as an operational base for the Trust soon after we complete the construction of Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales, which is scheduled for 2021/22 – and in good time to play a central role in the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025.”


The Trust has already held positive talks with Network Rail about the site and been visited by both its Chairman Sir Peter Hendy and Chief Engineer Jon Shaw. The Trust is also working with local stakeholders, including Darlington Borough Council, Ben Houchen (Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority) and Jenny Chapman MP (Darlington) to explore funding options.

A consequence of the proposal is that the Trust will vacate the former S&DR carriage works on Hopetown Lane – just 100 yards south of Whessoe Road – that it has occupied for the past 20 years.

Editor’s Selection 3 CAMPAIGN TO RAISE £600,000 FOR NO. 2007 PRINCE OF WALES’ BOILER STEAMS PAST THE HALF-WAY POINT.(13th October 2017)

The project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announced that pledges made to The Boiler Club fundraising campaign have already passed the half-way point. Launched in October 2014 to raise the £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 130 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that almost £330,000 has been raised so far for the boiler.

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 and builders of famous new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven to ten 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.

Following the success of The Founders Club, which was designed to get to the P2 Project to the point of cutting No. 2007’s frames, the Trust has decided to establish The Boiler Club to fund the construction of Prince of Wales’ boiler. The Trust set an initial target for The Founders Club of at least £100,000 from 100 ‘Founders’ but due to the overwhelming generosity of its supporters actually raised £450,000 (including gift aid) from over 360 donors. It is the Trust’s desire to leave No. 2007 Prince of Wales debt free upon completion and therefore its aim is to raise at least £600,000 for The Boiler Club from 300 supporters each donating £2,000 to the project (in up to 40 payments of £50 by standing order). In return for this commitment, members of The Boiler Club receive these special benefits:

  • Opportunity to buy ticket (seat already reserved) on No. 2007’s first main line train
  • Reasonable access to No. 2007 at all times
  • Opportunity to buy exclusive Boiler Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special limited edition version (signed/numbered) of the first official painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales with No. 60163 Tornado – ‘Dream Team’ by renowned railway artist Chris Ludlow
  • Special Boiler Club day with Tornado.


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

“Reaching the half-way point in the funding of No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ boiler through The Boiler Club marks a significant milestone in the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive. It is our desire if possible to complete No. 2007 debt-free and so we launched The Boiler Club in October 2014 to raise £600,000 to fund Prince of Wales’ boiler.

“The boiler is the beating heart of a steam locomotive and to keep the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales on schedule for completion in 2021 we need to place the order for the boiler in 2018 for delivery in 2020. With this latest announcement, no-one can now doubt that we really mean business. The next few months will see further major announcements as the construction of the locomotive gathers pace. We are now appealing to those who want to be a part of this exciting project to become covenantors, sponsors and volunteers to help us maintain this momentum.”

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive become a reality sooner rather than later is high, with over 360 members of The Founders Club each having given £1,000 and over 830 people already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month) covenant scheme.  This means that the project has already received pledges of over £2.6m of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive.

No. 2007’s boiler in detail:

  • Use of diagram 118A Tornado boiler with detailed modifications to improve overhaul life
  • Interchangeable with Tornado boiler
  • Tornado boiler is 17in shorter than P2 boiler – No. 2007’s smoke box will be extended within the cladding
  • 250psi of No. 60163’s boiler will be retained to improve economy and increase maximum power.

(Courtesy: David Elliott)


RN Crew in front of “HMS Prince of Wales”(MOD Image) & ‘Dream Team’ by renowned railway artist Chris Ludlow being presented to  Lt Cdr David Wright.(Mandy Grant Image)

The Royal Navy and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust are delighted to announce a ‘Bond of Friendship’ between new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

HMS Prince of Wales (R09) is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier under construction for the Royal Navy. She is the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales. Construction of the ship began in 2011 and she was formally named on 8th September 2017 at Rosyth Dockyard by The Duchess of Rothesay (The Duchess of Cornwall). HMS Prince of Wales will be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2019 and will be fully ready for frontline duties from 2023. Along with sister-ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales is the largest ship ever to be built for the Royal Navy, with a displacement of around 65, 000 tonnes and length of 920 feet. The ship will carry a crew of up to 1,600 men and women and up to 40 aircraft, including the F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter.

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 and builders of famous new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven to ten 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.

At The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s 25th Annual Convention in Darlington, the ‘Bond of Friendship’ was cemented by the exchange of gifts – from the Royal Navy to the Trust the crest of HMS Prince of Wales and from the Trust to the Royal Navy the painting ‘Dream Team’ by renowned railway artist Chris Ludlow featuring both No. 2007 Prince of Wales with No. 60163 Tornado.

Upon receiving the painting, Lt Cdr David Wright, commented:

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself and the Ship’s Company at the beginning of what we trust will be an exciting and beneficial Bond of Friendship between both No. 2007 Prince of Wales and HMS Prince of Wales. We have just officially been named by the Duchess of Rothesay, our Lady Sponsor, and I understand that you have just passed a significant milestone with the completion of the first wheelset which must be a very proud moment for all of those involved.

“As we take our first tentative steps in the life of a brand new Ship’s Company, we are extremely keen to foster a strong connection with No. 2007 Prince of Waleslocomotive and ensure that the relationship between HMS Prince of Wales and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust flourishes. Bonds of Friendship are extremely important to the Royal Navy and we are eager to explore ways in which we can develop our links over the coming years.

“Construction continues apace at Rosyth and we are pleased to say that many of the lessons identified in the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth have helped to accelerate HMS Prince of Wales’ build schedule. With the hull nearing completion, we are now looking towards a launch early in the New Year. We look forward to hearing how you have found building your second locomotive and implemented the lessons learned from No. 60163 Tornado.

Receiving the crest, David Champion, President, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added:

The Bond of Friendship with HMS Prince of Wales, the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy, is a momentous occasion, and as we shadow each other’s build over the next few years, there are a number of parallels between the Royal Navy and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

“First, we both have a ‘can do’ attitude, delighting in tackling the seemingly impossible with a well thought out strategy and courage. Second, while we cannot match the dedication of the RN who, in the worst case will give their lives in the defence of the country, there are a number of us in the Trust who have given large parts of our lives in the pursuit of the Trust’s goals. Third, HMS Prince of Wales is being built in the historical stamping ground of the original Gresley class P2s. Fourth, after your experience of the building Lot 1 (the magnificent and identical HMS Queen Elizabeth), you have found that building Lot 2 is going quite a bit faster, we have found that with our Lot 2 also! Fifth, and lastly, the Trust was set up in 1990 to achieve its goals by the pursuit of best professional practice and excellence, a sentiment that equally applies to the Royal Navy.

“Both HMS Prince of Wales and No. 2007 Prince of Wales truly represent the best of British engineering, albeit they are designs from very different eras. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is delighted to be building a relationship with the Senior Service and the Ship’s Company of HMS Prince of Wales. Just as we have with our first new steam locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado and the Tornado Force at RAF Marham, we look forward to many joint activities over the coming years. And with No. 2007 Prince of Wales due for completion in 2021 and HMS Prince of Wales expected to be commissioned in 2020, one day soon we will hopefully see our No. 2007 Prince of Wales standing on the Forth Railway Bridge, its chime whistle saluting HMS Prince of Wales as she glides gracefully under.”


Editor’s Selection 5: Quique Díaz sells Tranex Turismo to Livio Alsogaray

On 10th October 2017,  the “End of the World Train” was sold to three private investors, entrepeneurs, from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.  Quique Díaz sold 100% of the shares of Tranex Turismo to Livio Alsogaray present owner of Monte Olivia store, Ángel Brisighelli owner of Rumbo Sur a 40 years old tourism agency with a catamaran fleet, and Daniel Preto owner of Polo Sur construction company that builts pavement roads and also a buses fleet.

Regardless of the 23 years of service, Quique Diaz was very happy because he knows that with this strategy the train will survive, due to the vertical integration with a local tourism company and a road constructor who knows about heavy machinery and workshops. Now Quique Diaz will retire to deal calmly with his health issues which he is confident of overcoming. .

(in the picture form top left:  Quique Díaz, Livio Alsogaray, Rubén Díaz, second row: Daniel Preto, Preto´s son,  Ezequiel Brisighelli, Ana Brisighelli, Ángel Brisighelli)

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.

Steam Tube Photographic File.

Featured Photographer: Clive Town.At Bredgar And Wormshill Light Railway

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Steam Tube Video Vault

A day out with No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor – Photo Charter 4 Oct 2017 – a 4K video
This was a charter on the Severn Valley Railway organised by Matt Fielding, featuring 7812 Erlestoke Manor which is coming to the end of its boiler certificate and therefore will require an overhaul. The weather was generally overcast with some glimpses of sunshine early on in the proceedings. I would recommend these charters as you get the opportunity to view the locomotive from many angles, with the many and varied run pasts, and it’s just a case of how creative you are. I have used B&W in this video where the light was not at it’s best and to provide some variety. The locations are described in the video and finally my thanks go to Matt and the SVR crew for a most enjoyable day. I hope you enjoy this video and it is best viewed in 2160p.(John Edkins)

GAUGE THE ISSUE: Fake Railwaymania
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Order your copy of ‘Steam Locos In Profile” on DVD HERE:
http://www.e-gmedia.co.uk/shop (Chris Eden-Green)

Tornado 60163 8th October 2017. Toton to Old Oak Common seen at Lapworth Station.(Chris Spencer)

On the 2017 Columbus Day holiday, Steamtown National Historic Site ran a rare steam-powered excursion up the Carbondale Line, from Scranton, PA to Carbondale and return. Motive power for the trip was the same as the 2016 Santa Train: Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 #26. With rain in the forecast, those who opted to ride or chase were unsure what would happen, weather-wise – but the rain stopped for the return trip, and the switcher engine put on a good show as she made her way back to Scranton at the head of a four-car train. Enjoy this look at Autumn Steam in the Poconos-Carbondale Line!!(Big Jim Video Productions.

Photo Charter with 7820 Dinmore Manor hauling freight on the Churnet Valley Railway(John Edkins)
This is the second photo charter featuring a GWR Manor i have videoed during October. The photo charter was organised by Martin Creese and whilst there was no significant rain there was thick cloud throughout the day. The locomotive featured in this video is GWR No. 7820 Dinmore Manor and is seen at various locations along the picturesque Churnet Valley Railway hauling a short goods train. I hope you enjoy the video and it is best viewed in 2160p

130 let Vlárské dráhy s lokomotivami: T679.1529, T478.1001, T478.1002 a 475.101.(Dominik Schön)

Steam Tube Blogs.

The Railway To Riccarton LP.(RAILWAYBLOGGER)


When I was a child I remember seeing Peter Hanford’s LP’s of steam railway sounds in record shops. Peter was a location sound recordist who worked on a number of very famous films including ‘Saturday Night & Sunday Morning’ and latterly ‘Out of Africa’ for which he received and Academy Award for Sound.

As a youngster I didn’t have sufficient earning power to buy these records. Over the years, although I was aware of them, I didn’t get around to making a purchase. Then quite by chance I noticed a number of Argo Transacord records on eBay.

The Railway to Riccarton LP of steam railway sounds

What caught my eye particularly was a copy of The Railway to Riccarton up for auction. Here was a chance to discover the actual sounds of steam locomotives working on the long closed Waverley Route. At the time the Scottish Parliament was debating reinstating the Borders Railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank. I still have a LP turntable so I decided to bid and was successful. I can’t remember what I paid exactly but it was less than £10.


Many people might think that listening to steam railway sound recordings is a strange thing to do! However, many of those same people deride railway enthusiasts calling them ‘anoraks’. When I’ve challenged this attitude, asking about their interests, it stops them commenting further. Often this is because it transpires they don’t really have any interests or hobbies themselves – so who’s the bore now!

To be enthusiastic about something has to be good. Knowing how much of this enthusiasm to impart on others requires caution. Many non-railway enthusiasts like the sound of steam locomotives but clearly would not be rushing to buy a LP!

4472 flying Scotsman class A3

4472 Flying Scotsman class A3 (photo taken 1979)

Setting the scene

For me, just to sit down and listen to a recording of a steam locomotive not knowing the background details wouldn’t be so attractive either. I like to know the context so that I can bring in some imagery to my mind’s eye. Children have great imaginations being actively encouraged during school learning. When we get to adulthood, many people seem to underutilise that side of their brain.

Before listening to a track from The Railway to Riccarton LP, I read the sleeve notes. Peter Hanford certainly knew how to enhance the imagery. For example, in one case he describes his position as being at the edge of the woods high above Stobs station, rooks flapping raucously overhead shortly after dawn. Signal’s clear and a freight train with banking assistance starts the heavy haul toward Stobs station.


As I’ve never been to the location I tried to imagine the view down onto the Waverley route. On this particular recording I envisage the engines at either end of the train working up the 1 in 80 to Stobs station. Then back on the gradient in the cutting South of the station and onward to Shankend and the summit at Whitrope.

To further enhance imagination, I refer to old Ordinance Survey maps of the Waverley Route. This gives me a better indication of the layout of the area. I can see where the line curves and the position of the cutting just to the south of the station. Given that Peter’s recording equipment was relatively heavy and cumbersome, his recording position must have been close to where he parked his car. Looking at the map, I can see the road position in proximity to the woods bordering the line and make a rough guess as to where Peter may have been.

Green Arrow 4771 V2 locomotive

Green Arrow 4771 V2 locomotive (photo taken 1979)

This recording prouduces the distinctive sound of a Gresley V2 with its three cylinder beat followed by the two cylinder sound of the BR Standard Class 2 banking the freight train. This atmospheric sound is further enhanced by the dawn chorus of birdsong on that May morning back in 1961. In other recordings, Peter captures sheep bleating on the hillsides, owls hooting, whilst the rhythmic sound of the locomotive fades in and out of the background.

This first purchase of a Peter Hanford LP was followed by others. Initially I was looking for other recordings on the Waverley route and that of another lost line the Somerset & Dorset.

North from Kings Cross LP of steam railway sounds


Rather than continually play the actual LPs each time, I decided to digitise the recordings using a turntable with USB and import them into iTunes . From this I created a playlist so that the Waverley Route tracks from the different LPs could be played consecutively. Indeed, I grouped the tracks according to time of day so that I could listen to a whole day of recordings from morning till night. Another advantage of digitising meant that the tracks could be listened to anywhere I was using my iPod. 

(There is a YouTube video explaining how to do this if you are interested)

Listening to history

I have now amassed a number of Peter Hanford records along with others from Andrew Mellor who refers to his recordings exploits in his book Cheese Butties and the 12:39 to Wigan.

A great source of Steam recordings on CD’s are available from ‘Soundtracks’. For many years Peter Gibbs, who runs Soundtracks, has the rights to Audicord recordings and made these available on CD. Such recordings are representative of a bygone age and well worth a listen for their imagery and escapism.

View of Borthwick Castle from steam locomotive

View of Borthwick Castle

Afternoon tea on train at Tweedbank

Afternoon tea on train at Tweedbank

Thanks to the reinstatement of part of the Waverley Route, it is possible to hear the sound of an A3 or an A4 storming up the bank to Fallahill in the present day. Sadly, the only remaining V2 has been withdrawn from service by the National Railway Museum due to a defective cylinder casting. It is unlikely to be heard again.  We owe a debt to Peter Hanford and others for their recordings of steam locomotives on the National network over half a century ago. Consequently, those with a mind to can close their eyes and imagine the scene as it was in those glorious railway days of steam.

Check out eBay to get your own Railway Sounds LP or look at Soundtracks.

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Tornado…The Story so far…

Travel with No. 60163 Tornado

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

  • 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


A great video by one our volunteers…

35011 'General Steam Navigation 28/10/17

A very nice trip out to see the progress, on Merchant Navy class 35011 (21C11) 'General Steam Navigation', which is being restored to original 'Air-smoothed' condition. It's almost ready to be moved, just need to find a suitable base. visit http://www.35011gsn.co.uk/ or 35011 General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society for updates and ways to get involved.Post & Film By Alex.

Posted by Transport of Yesteryear Through the Lens on Saturday, October 28, 2017


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 

Latest News HERE


Latest News HERE


The Brighton Belle

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

See Editor’s Selections 2,3,4 above!



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


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…

First 2018 Volunteer Work Week (5 March 2018 – 11 March 2018)

Tanat Valley Light Railway Company
SY10 9HW Nantmawr, Shropshire

More details HERE

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

5043 at Honeybourne 4th October 2014

On This Day in History.


H. P. M. Beames succeeds Charles Bowen-Cooke as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway

The Southern Railway celebrates the 21st “birthday” of the Southern Belle passenger train with ceremonies at each end of the train’s route between London and Brighton
(For an opportunity to travel five journeys through time on Britain’s Trains, including the Brighton Belle, get Andrew Martin’s book..”Belles and Whistles” Available here.)

Terence Cuneo, British railway artist (d. 1996).

The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway introduces the Southern Belle passenger train between London and Brighton.

Following experiments, the Great Western Railway of England begins to introduce Automatic Train Control on its main lines

Opening of Khyber Pass Railway, from Peshawar to Landi Kotal

At least 40 rail passengers have died and 80 more have been wounded after a commuter train derailed in south-east London.
The 19:43 express train was travelling from Hastings to Charing Cross when at 21:16 it crashed off the rails between Hither Green and Grove Park stations near the Southern Region Continental goods depot.
It happened just over a mile from the scene of the Lewisham train crash in 1957 in which 90 people were killed and 175 were injured.

The queen re-opens the renovated and rebuilt London St. Pancras station


(Source : Wikipedia)
Thomas Brassey, the railway contractor, is born. By 1847, it is estimated he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain, and by time of his death in 1870 he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world.

The last spike was driven into a newly constructed track in British Columbia fulfilling promises made to link Canada by rail.

The 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway opens in India

The Armistice with Germany is signed between 5:12 AM and 5:20 AM in Marshal Foch’s railway carriage, CIWL #2419, in Compiègne Forest bringing an end to World War I.

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New Eurostar train (e320, built by Siemens) unveiled at London St Pancras

THE first of three pre-series Super Express Trains (SETs) being supplied to Britain under the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP) was revealed to the press at Hitachi’s plant in Kasado, Japan, on November 13.(IRJ)

Opening of the St. Petersburg and Moscow  railway.

The Hetton colliery railway, near Sunderland, opens for locomotive traction. It is designed by George Stephenson to be wholly steam worked.

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November 18th 2008, the date of  “Tornado’s” final main line test run, York-                        Newcastle-York….

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Sir John Fowler, civil engineer and builder of railways, dies. He was Chief  Engineer of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and was engineer of the East Lincolnshire Railway, the Oxford, Worcester and  Wolverhampton Railway and the Severn Valley Railway. In 1853, he became chief engineer of the Metropolitan Railway. He was also engineer for the District Railway and the Hammersmith and City Railway.

Construction of the Metropolitan Railway close to King’s Cross station in 1861

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Almost 1,000 passengers were trapped in smoke-filled tunnels for three hours after a fire at London’s busiest underground station, Oxford Circus.
Emergency services arrived at Oxford Circus within minutes of the blaze breaking out. There were no deaths and only minor injuries.
But the damage caused was substantial, and it is expected to be many days before normal service resumes at the station.
The cause of the fire, which started at about 2220 GMT in a tunnel connecting the northbound Bakerloo and Victoria lines, is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault on a train or in tunnel cabling.

27/11/1965       7029 Clun Castle heads final steam train on WR

East Coast Mainline(ECML) franchise awarded to Stagecoach/Virgin consortium.- Inter City Railways.

The first Bombay Baroda and Central India (BB&CI) train on the western coastal lines of Bombay (now Mumbai) came into Grant Road station from Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

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On 30 November 1934, running a light test train, 4472 “Flying Scotsman” became the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph (160.9 km/h).

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Book review: The English Railway Station

Pre-launch Launch!! Daunt’s Books, 83 Marylebone High Street.

Monday 30th October 2017


 The mark of the historian is the ability to see across the depth and breadth of a subject, to take in all the known facts, and then to present these in a narrative that does not worry itself with prevailing views.

The historian needs to be able to almost look down on the subject, and see the scope of the material, the interplay of all the individual parts and the external influences on the whole.

So, Christian Wolmar’s elevated position at Daunt’s Books on Monday evening (30th October 2017) was somehow fitting.


Christian Wolmar(with James Nightingale,Atlantic Books)

One of the first points you grasp, is that the early British railway investors were…er..grasping.

The 5% guaranteed return on their investment was to be made good by..the Indian people, via taxation..i.e. those least able to afford it, and treated worse than cattle when they did use the railway. And not trusted to look after the more technical and managerial tasks..at least, not in the early days.

This was not a railway system to benefit the people, but to support the military and commercial elements.. a strategic railway…

But the very thing that was used to bring the whole of India under the Empire’s control, was also the catalyst for the independence movement …

And the horrendous events of partition, and the indecent haste in leaving India by the Europeans left a legacy hardly worth crowing about.

Still, in more recent years, the Indian Railway network has flourished. And although the safety record (who would want to travel in Mumbai, where the “super dense crush load factor” is a daily occurrence, and around ten people a day die under the trains’ wheels?) is better than it was, much work on that score still needs attention.

Of course, there are plenty of aspects to celebrate, not least the engineering feat of the Konkan Railway, running down that most difficult of terrains on the west coast.

If there is one book that you should read on the subject, then this is it.

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

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