On Shed – August 2018 Edition


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


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Dent Head.(C)Robin Coombes.

Welcome…and news
Editor’s Selection 1:Paul Salveson: British Railways Steam 1968 – celebration at The Brooklyn.
Editor’s Selection 2:Stunning Snowdon and the Mountain Railway.(Cambrian News on YouTube)
Editor’s Selection 3:The T1 Trail Blazer
100 Trains….the journey so far….
Steam Tube Photographic File
Steam Tube Video Vault
Steam Tube Blogs. British Rail Eastern Region Rover(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 “N”
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Welcome…and news

A warm welcome to this August 2018 edition of  “On Shed”, Steam Tube’s monthly online magazine review of the month past…

This month is the 50th Anniversary of steam’s withdrawal from Britain’s railways..well, the mainline!! Now, of course, you can visit heritage lines, and indeed last month we featured the Vintage Trains’ Share offer to ensure steam stays on the mainline into the future.

Of course, if that is to be so, then attention needs to be paid to the “succession issue”, that is, the training etc of the next generation of engineers..and the training of staff to drive steam engines!!

At present, there are rebuild and new build projects that should ensure , at the very least, a small group of competent engineers to maintain steam locomotives. You can click on images in the newsletter to take you directly to that loco’s website, and check on progress. And “Tornado” has just completed its first revenue earning decade!

So, enjoy the August 2018 edition of “On Shed”…

Editor’s Selection 1:Paul Salveson: British Railways Steam 1968 – celebration at The Brooklyn

My good friend Steve Leyland has just had his book on the end of steam published (by Crecy, £25). British Railways Steam 1968 – The Final Chapters – is a lovingly written and well-illustrated account of the last eight months of steam on BR. Bolton, naturally, figures strongly in the narrative but other places are not neglected either….The book was launched at a pre-gala event at the Brooklyn Hotel, Bolton on June 29th. Several retired rivers from Boltobn came along and a good number of books were sold.

Steve with his book

Noel Coates of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway gacve us a wonderful presentation on ‘Bolton in its Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway heyday’. A good time was had by all and thanks to the Farnworth Suffragette Fund for helping make the event such a success. The book is available from bookshops or ring Steve on 01204 526165 if you want an auther’s signed copy.

Harry Jack writes: In the summer of 1943 (I was 9) a new craze hit Plodder Lane School in Farnworth: collecting engine numbers. Ian Allan had just brought out his LMS ‘ABC’ and some lads in my class had a copy. So after school a crowd of us would wander down to Green Lane bridge, a mile away and just north of Moses Gate, to take down the numbers on passing engines (and names on Jubs, Pats and Scots – never any Pacifics of course). I’d been in hospital when all this started, so for a while a lot of learned chatter about “tractive efforts”, “Stanier”, and “Unnamed Patriots” – whatever they were – went right over my head. But I soon caught up. Yes, great days!

Editor’s Selectioon 2:Stunning Snowdon and the Mountain Railway.(Cambrian News on YouTube)

Drone footage above the summit of Snowdon shows the views in every direction on a clear day and the path the 120-year-old Snowdon Mountain Railway takes.

Editor’s Selection 3: The T1 Trail Blazer

The T1 Trail Blazer

This year just keeps heating up, and the The T1 Trust’s Summer Newsletter is no exception. The T1 Trail Blazer is intended to keep T1 Trust supporters in the know, and up to speed. Inside you’ll find exciting descriptions of the T1 Trust’s recent activities and remarkable achievements.
As the parts keep getting bigger, donations need to keep pace. Whether you are a Founders Club member, a regular monthly donor, or someone who has never made a donation before, the T1 Trust is moving forward, and time is right for you to give. Please take a moment to visit the T1 Trust’s fundraising center at www.prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org/station and contribute however you can. The 5550 Boiler Club https://prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org/station/index.php?route=boiler/boiler is an extremely pertinent way to donate right now.
Thank you in advance for your vital support of PRR T1 #5550. Please enjoy the newsletter, and thank you for backing America’s Premier Steam Locomotive.
Bradford Ross Noble, DO
Chairman, The T1 Trust


The 163 Pacifics Club raises over £200,000

On the day marking the 50th anniversary of the end of scheduled steam-hauled services on British Railways, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity which built, owns and operates world-famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, is delighted to announce that it has purchased the locomotive’s tender from William Cook Cast Products Ltd following the success of The 163 Pacifics Club fundraising campaign.

Just a week ago on Saturday 28th July, over 100 supporters of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust gathered at Darlington Locomotive Works to celebrate the tenth birthday of No. 60163 Tornado. The locomotive made its first moves in front of the world’s press on 1st August 2008 and has subsequently become a household name.

Tornado’s tender was leased to the Trust under a 15-year loan agreement which was due to come to an end in 2021. The tender was 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 building 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.

Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the rescuing of stranded commuters in Kent; the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway; the first steam locomotive in the UK to achieve 100mph for 50 years; featuring in two BBC documentaries, ‘Absolutely Chuffed – the Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and ‘Tornado the 100mph Steam Engine’, and starring in PADDINGTON 2 the movie.

No. 60163 Tornado was named in honour of the crews who flew RAF Tornado fast jets during the first Gulf War in 1990/91 when the project to build the new Peppercorn class A1 steam locomotive was launched. The locomotive originally carried crests from the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) and RAF Cottesmore on its nameplates but following the closure of the former and the transfer of the latter to other uses, Tornado now carries the crests of RAF Leeming (former Tornado base close to Darlington) and RAF Marham (current home of the Tornado Force).

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 of Tornado’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 needed 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 available for sponsorship
  • Due to popular demand, an additional 46 ‘Pacifics’ were released for sponsorship 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. 4469Gadwall); in addition, the un-named Gresley class W1 4-6-4 No. 10000/60700 has been sponsored
  • 163 people made a one-off donation of £960 (or alternatively donated £240 per month for four months), with the addition of Gift Aid (£240) this raised £195,600; the club was subsequently extended to 210 places to include the newly released names.
  • As with the previous fundraising schemes, this initiative came 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 grew steadily from its launch in September 2013. In July 2017 the additional Pacifics were added to those available for sponsorship and by September 2017 The 163 Pacifics Club had passed its initial 163 members target.

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

“On 1st August No. 60163 Tornado celebrated her tenth birthday and remains the only new main line steam locomotive to be completed in Britain since 1960, despite over 20 standard gauge new build projects being launched. Tornado’s first 100,000 miles have seen the locomotive criss-cross Great Britain, a testimony to those supporters who stuck with the project over the 18 years that it took to fundraise and build – ‘This locomotive was built and paid for by people who shared a vision and were determined to turn it into reality’.

“We are delighted that thanks to the generosity of our dedicated supporters we have raised more than £200,000 plus gift aid through our The 163 Pacifics Club fundraising campaign. This means that we are now in a position to purchase Tornado’s tender from William Cook Cast Products Ltd three years before the end of its 15 year lease in 2021.

“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 well as assisting with the funding of Tornado’s boiler. Any additional funds raised have been ring-fenced and will be 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. There could be no better way to celebrate Tornado’s first ten years in steam than the purchase of her tender from William Cook Cast Products Ltd, thus completing the project to build a new Peppercorn class A1 ‘Pacific’ launched in 1990.”

Sir Andrew Cook CBE, Chairman, William Cook Cast Products Ltd, added:

“William Cook Cast Products Ltd has been delighted to be associated with The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for almost 25 years, supplying all of the steel castings for both No. 60163 Tornadoand No. 2007 Prince of Wales and assisting with the funding of Tornado’s boiler, as well as purchasing and leasing back to the Trust Tornado’s tender, which enabled funds raised to focus on the construction of the engine. As the Trust’s Principal Sponsor, I believe that the building of Tornado is a great example of ‘The Cook Guiding Principles’ – Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence… persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Tornado is currently undergoing repairs at the Nene Valley Railway following her failure on ‘The Ebor Flyer’ on 14th April 2018 and is expected to return to traffic shortly.

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

100 Trains….the journey so far….

One epic, and collaborative, voyage. 40 individual train trips.

(Iain McGeachin  ..https://kiltedwalker.com/rtwbytrain/)

Steam Tube Photographic File

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GWR’s Finest..an Earl, A Castle..and a King.(C) Robin Coombes

Steam Tube Video

Foxfield Railway, Summer Steam Gala 2018.(Dave Wadley)

Coal Fired Express: Steam on the Stourbridge 2018.(Big Jim Video Productions)
In the summer of 2018, 0-4-0 Viscose Company #6 returned once again for a weekend of steam action on the normally diesel-only Stourbridge Line, out of Honesdale, PA. As part of the town’s second-annual Steampunk Weekend, this diminutive-yet-powerful locomotive was brought in to pull trips out of the town – this year, with a smaller consist, took the train the entire way to Hawley, PA – where a run-around was performed – so that the engine could lead the train back to Honesdale, a 20-mile round trip. We catch all three trains on Friday, July 20. Enjoy this look at the Coal Fired Express: Steam on the Stourbridge 2018!

Threlkeld Quarry Museum 2018 Steam Gala.(Clive Town)
Up in the Lake District on the last weekend of July Threlkeld holds a Steam Gala. Four steam engines were brought in to support resident Sir Tom. Two engines from the Statfold Barn Railway. The other two from the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.

British Rail Eastern Region Rover(railwayblogger)

I have travelled on the railways of East Anglia many times over the years. In the early 1970s, British Rail Eastern Region marketed the East Anglian Ranger Ticket. This gave seven days unlimited travel throughout Norfolk and Suffolk although on weekdays it wasn’t valid until after 8:45am.

See this blog..and more HERE

Tornado…The Story so far…

  • Wednesday 1st August – ‘The Mad Hatter’ – 10th anniversary train – Darlington, York and Wakefield to Chester  – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 11th August – ‘The Settle & Carlisle Golden Tour I’ – Bristol to Appleby via Carlisle – Pathfinder Tours
  • Wednesday 15th August – ‘The Settle & Carlisle Golden Tour II’ – Didcot to Appleby, return via Carlisle – Pathfinder Tours
  • Saturday 18th August – ‘The Bard of Avon’ – Manchester Piccadilly to Stratford-upon-Avon – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Monday 27th August – Peterborough to Canterbury and the Dover Coast
  • Saturday 8th September – Birmingham to Plymouth
  • Saturday 15th September – An East Coast Railtour to Durham and Newcastle
  • Saturday 29th September – East Midland and North Staffs to Holyhead and return
  • Sunday 7th October – Yorkshire to Edinburgh
  • Saturday 13th October – A1/P2 Convention – Darlington

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

New & ReBuild News.

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B & O Railroad Museum TV

Each month the B&O TV Network, starring actor Michael Gross, spotlights a moment in B&O Railroad history. Take a journey into the past and view one or all of these episodes posted on YouTube.

Mainline Steam Schedule

This listing is offered in good faith, so there is no guarantee offered or implied.Please confirm running with the relevant tour operator.

And adhere, please, to Network Rail’s photographic guidelines…..HERE

The tour schedule for August 2018…and beyond…can be found  at Railway Herald

5043 at Honeybourne 4th October 2014

On This Day in History.

Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado was unveiled to the world’s press at Darlington.

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

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.

04/08/1883 Volk’s Electric Railway, the first of its kind in Britain, opens at Brighton.

04/08/1914 British Government takes control of railways as a wartime measure

08/08/1968 Steam locomotive power was withdrawn from British Rail

10/08/1840 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.

11/08/1880 The Wennington Junction rail crash in England kills 8 people

14/08/1927 Royal Scot class of locomotives introduced

14/08/1915 A rail crash in Weedon kills 10 people

17/08/1857 West Somerset Railway Company incorporated by Act of Parliament

18/08/1837 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

24/08/1816 Birth of Daniel Gooch at Bedlington, Northumberland

24/08/1927 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

Christian Wolmar… Railway Historian.

Christian Wolmar is a regular speaker at conferences, meetings and seminars both in the UK and abroad on transport and, specifically, rail matters. He often speaks at conferences on the latest development in the rail and transport industries and gives lectures on all his rail history books

Christian gives around 30 talks per year and has spoken all around the country, as well as in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, France, the United States and Australia where he has twice been invited to provide his expertise. He has given two lectures at the Royal Geographic Society.

Booking Christian for speaking engagements or to chair meetings:

If you are interested in inviting Christian to speak, please use the form on the Contact page. His fee varies according to the type of organisation and event, though of course he will speak free at charity events.

Railways and The Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India (2017)

Around the UK’s Heritage Railways A – Z “M”  “O” Here


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