“On Shed” June 2019 Edition


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

Now features at  Wonderful World of Trains & Planes, Birmingham 


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Welcome..and News

Editor’s Selection: New Book: The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway a pictorial survey by Stephen Thompson .(SMJ Society)

Editor’s Selection :Great Western Society ‘Saint’ Project

100 Trains….the journey so far….
Steam Tube Photographic File
Steam Tube Video Vault
Steam Tube Blogs
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 “R”
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Welcome..and News

Editor’s Selection 1. New Book: The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway a pictorial survey by Stephen Thompson .(SMJ Society)

New book released!

In 1961 Stephen Thompson, a commercial artist with a passion for railways, set out in his E-Type Jaguar and compiled a photographic survey of the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway. He set the photographs in notebooks with typewritten captions and after his death the notebooks passed to his nephew who in turn gifted them to the SMJ Society. Hence this book. The SMJ was a grouping of four basket case lines that huddled together for warmth and still never really made money, but it was not useless and gave good services during the Great War when the national interest saw it carrying heavy traffic in iron ore, iron and steel. 

With a Foreword by Christian Wolmar
The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway a pictorial survey by Stephen Thompson is per copy £20.00

Click HERE

Editor’s Selection 3.New book on Indian Railways-Rajendra B Aklekar

This is Rajendra B Aklekar’s 3rd book centring on Indian railways.
His first two acclaimed books were “Halt Station India” and “India’s Railway Man- A Biography of E.Sreedharan.”

This third volume-“A Short History of Indian Railways”(with a Foreword by Mark Tully)“is a collation of anecdotes from the 1830s to the Bullet Train and Train 18. History woven through anecdotes on how the railways came to be and flourished and the responses it generated in the society. An uncommon experiment of telling history only through anecdotes with a thin narrative!(Author’s own words!!)

Available Here

Editor’s Selection 3: Great Western Society ‘Saint’ Project

The Great Western Society in the UK has a significant collection of locomotives and memorabilia associated with the Great Western Railway (and subsequent British Railway’s Western Region). Based at the Didcot Railway Centre since 1967, GWS has created a museum and preservation centre based around a 1930’s locomotive-shed and its environs.

April 2019 was the culmination of one of the long-term projects – recreation of a ‘Saint’ locomotive. In the 1920’s more versatile locomotives were required and a class of 4-6-0 locomotives was developed using ‘Saint’ class as a basis. Thus the ‘Hall’ class was created, a few early examples using parts from previous locomotives, the class growing into one of the successes of the company.

Many years ago the Society acquired locomotive 4942 ‘Maindy Hall’ from the now famous Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry (S.Wales) as it had retained aspects of the old ‘Saint’ class.  Over the past few years, using frames and boiler from this locomotive, a recreation of the ‘Saint’ class has arrived. Named ‘Lady of Legend’, loco no.2999 has emerged from the depths of the workshops and was released into traffic hauling some late 19th / early 20th century coaches.

Coaches 3755 (brake 3rd, non-corridor City stock, b.1921), 1941 (3rd clerestory, b.1901), 416 (4-wheel brake 3rd, b.1891) and 933 (passenger full-brake, b. 1898) have been lovingly restored to former glory. Stripped down, repaired, new moquette and complete repaint, etc.  GWS has been able to show not only a fine locomotive but also examples of the tender loving care given to lesser used parts of the carriage and wagon collection. Congratulations to all concerned in these projects.

100 Trains….the journey so far….

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

The Wheelchair Tour of Scotland 2019.

I would prefer to make this journey in one go. However, the progression of my condition now means that I’m limited to about one week away at a time, at most.

Therefore, the tour will be made in two stages (possibly three depending on the future progression of my ataxia).

With each stage being centred around my participation in a specific Kiltwalk. First Glasgow. Followed by Dundee. And possibly Edinburgh too.

The tour will also be train-based. Highlighting the current partnership between MND Scotland and the Scotrail Alliance.

The tour will also showcase the natural beauty, and attractions, of Scotland. Attractions that are easily accessible by rail. Scotland really is very lucky to have some of the most beautiful railway lines, not just in Europe but, on the planet.

Stage 1. Glasgow Kiltwalk, West Highland Railway, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Edinburgh.

Stage 2. Stirling, Dundee Kiltwalk, Aberdeen, Inverness, Thurso/Wick.

Stage 3 (possible). Falkirk, Borders, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Edinburgh Kiltwalk.

A Wee Bit of Personal History:

I was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia in 2015.

Although I was told that I would eventually need to use a wheelchair (I now do), I could still walk quite well at that stage – although with the, increasing, need of a walking stick.

So I used my final walking days to raise funds and awareness of this rare condition (I raised £1,100 during previous “walking” events – the longest of which was a 500 mile walk in Spain).

Now though, the progression of my ataxia means that my wings have been clipped somewhat. So all future fundraising can only be in Scotland from now on (and even closer to home in Ayrshire in the future perhaps?).

I have chosen MND Scotland as the beneficiary this time. Ataxia is so rare that there is no Scotland-specific charity for the condition, but it has similarities to MND: a neurological condition affecting motor abilities – and similarly incurable at present.

And it is this “at present” which is so important.

If a cure can be found, it will be found. But only as a result of medical research. Which requires funding.

So, to do “my bit”….


“Steam Tube- The Home of Steam on the Net!”

Steam Tube is now found on Facebook….and whoever wishes may post their latest videos and photographs for all to see and share. The Facebook page has now had over 1,000 likes! And Rail Tube, a 24/7 rolling railway news blog has 1,500 plus likes! So, please feel free to add to the pages, and lets make Steam Tube live up to its ambitious tag line (which was what was added after the first video and photograph was uploaded!!)-“Steam Tube – The Home of Steam On The Net!

A selection of uploaded videos and images below…

Vlak na Dobříš v čele s parní lokomotivou “Papoušek” 477.043 (Stanoviště strojvedoucího)Dominik Schön

Steam Tube Blogs.

Over the past year we have been able to share some excellent blogs, notably “Steam Age Daydreams”..and there have been other contributors Chris Eden Green, Ronik24, Chris Spencer and Dick Bodily to name but a few ..

Please feel free to alert us to any other steam related blogs that will help build a significant historical resource for others to enjoy.

Tornado…The Story so far…

  • 2019
    • Saturday 15th June – ‘The Yorkshire Pullman’ –  London King’s Cross to York and Scarborough – bookings through UK Railtours
    • Sunday 23rd June – ‘The Summer Cornishman’ – Bristol to Par and return – Pathfinder Tours
    • Saturday 6th July –  ‘The Dart & Torbay Express’ – Birmingham to Kingswear and return – Pathfinder Tours
    • Sunday 14th July – ‘The Pembroke Coast Express’ – Bristol to Tenby and return – Pathfinder Tours
    • Saturday 20th July – ‘The North Briton’ – London and East Coast stations to Carlisle via the Settle and Carlisle Railway and return – bookings through UK Railtours
    • Thursday 1st August – ‘The Aberdonian’ – Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return – bookings through UK Railtours
    • Sunday 4th August – Linlithgow to Tweedbank and return – Scottish Railway Preservation Society
    • Thursday 8th August – ‘The Aberdonian’ – Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return – bookings through UK Railtours
    • Sunday 11th August – Linlithgow to Tweedbank and return – Scottish Railway Preservation Society
    • Saturday 17th August – ‘The North Briton’ – London and East Coast stations to Carlisle via the Settle and Carlisle Railway and return – POSTPONED UNTIL 28th SEPTEMBER
    • Saturday 31st August – ‘The Aberdonian’ – Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return – bookings through UK Railtours

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

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60163 Tornado passing through Stratford Parkway at 1650 on return leg to Manchester Piccadilly with “The Bard of Avon” Rail tour,Saturday 23rd March 2019.

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 June 2019..…and beyond…can be found  at Railway Herald

5043 at Honeybourne 4th October 2014

On This Day in History.

George Whale retires as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway; he is succeeded by Charles Bowen-Cooke.

The County Donegal Railways Joint Committee in Ireland (3 ft (914 mm) gauge) introduces the first diesel engined railcar to enter regular passenger service in the British Isles

Soham disaster..exploding munitions wagon http://britainfromtherails.bradtguides.com/category/rail-history/

British Rail abolishes Third Class coaches on trains

Francis Webb, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway (b. 1836).

The first Express d’Orient is operated between Paris and Wien.

“The “Cheltenham Flyer” with 5006 Treganna Castle (Driver Ruddock and Fireman Thorp) in charge, reaches record average speed of 81.6 mph over 77 miles between Swindon and Paddington.

London, Midland and Scottish Railway opens the luxury Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland

The German rail zeppelin (Schienenzeppelin), an experimental propeller driven railcar, sets up a new world railway speed record of 230 km/h on its way from Hamburg to Berlin which was not surpassed by any other train for 24 years.

The Carrbridge rail crash in Scotland kills 5 people

Devon Belle Pullman train with observation car introduced

Josiah Stamp, Chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1926- 1941

Opening of the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway in London, a deep tube railway which now forms part of the London Underground’s Northern line.

Central Railway(“Tuppenny Tube”)opens from Shepherds Bush in west London to the Bank The Official opening of the Central London Railway, core of the Central Line of the London Underground, means this is the third deep-level electrified “tube” railway in the city

First Stanier design LMS 4-6-2 (6200 Princess Royal) introduced.

Great Western Railway (England) takes delivery of its first ‘King’ Class 4-6-0 express passenger steam locomotive from its Swindon Works, No. 6000 King George V

British Rail announces a £16.5 million loss in 1956

6220 Coronation Scot reaches 114 mph between Whitmore and Crewe.

24 passengers and 4 railwaymen die as the result of the Salisbury rail crash on the London and South Western Railway of England when an express train passes through Salisbury railway station at excessive speed.

First Great Western Railway 4300 Class 2-6-0 locomotive is turned out of its Swindon Works, England. The class, designed by George Jackson Churchward, will comprise 342 members and see overseas service during World War I

Radstock to Frome Railway Project

Welcome to The Radstock to Frome Railway Trust and the Radstock to Frome Railway Project. We are a charitable organisation with the primary aim of assisting the reopening of the redundant railway line between Radstock and Great Elm (near Frome), with the aspiration at a later stage to extend the railway back to Frome junction and reconnect with the national rail network.

This is a community interest venture, and in order to succeed need your support. We are currently discussing the project with other interested parties to maximise the support and our capabilities to make a success of this project.

Radstock is a town has a fine industrial heritage and a bright future ahead. The Radstock to Frome Railway Trust is committed to assisting the opening of the railway as a valuable resource for the community. A designated section of the former railway land (inside Area 3) has been set aside for the possible reinstatement of a rail link there. Our organisation will maximise Radstock’s potential as a tourist destination, situated between and near the historic cities of Bath and Wells, and play an instrumental part in reviving the local economy.

However, we are unable to do all this without your help and kind generosity. On the 2 nd October 2014 The Somer-Rail Trust was registered by the Charity Commission as a charity in England and Wales (1158749). As a group we are steadily increasing in number and would appreciate your help and support moving forward with this project, if you can assist us please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our Facebook/Twitter group pages are an excellent way to share memories, and view photographs (old and new) of the line. The Trust’s quarterly newsletter ‘Along the Lines’ includes all the latest developments and a background history of the railway.

Thank you for your interest in the Radstock to Frome Railway Project.

Christian Wolmar… Railway Historian.

Book review: The English Railway Station

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.

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