I found an envelope of old GWR papers at a recent car boot. Accident reports & letters from/to the Great Western Railway regarding staff injuries. Mostly dated about 1927. I’ll scan and post more soon, however this one stuck out. “With regard to injury… in handling lard” . Thankfully it’s not a problem we encounter… Read More Beware of Lard
The project to build the 81st ‘Grange’ class GWR 4-6-0 is moving along rapidly, with a hydraulic test expected on the boiler in the next few weeks. The Great Western Railway built 80 Granges, none survived the end of steam. The locos were reported to be popular with crews and reliable performers. In 1998 the… Read More Betton Grange, almost in steam
The SVR Autumn Gala features goods trains and all night running of passenger trains. Due to a few operational issues the goods ended up waiting, as just like in steam days, passengers had priority over general goods. This one ended up sitting in Bewdley station as the light faded.
Probably the biggest annual heritage railway gala in the UK, with up to tweleve locos in steam, overnight running, goods trains, art exhibitions and lots more. Thousands of rail enthusiasts from all over Britain attend, many trains are standing room only. Here’s a few images from Friday evening and Saturday morning, before the crowds gather.
Girvan station, in SW Scotland, on the line to Stranraer is a nice example of The ‘Moderne’ style, & is cat B listed (Scottish equivilant of ENglish Grade II). Rebuilt in 1949-1951 after a fire in 1946, it’s part of the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership. It’s generally well kept, with tubs, flowers, clean… Read More Girvan needs tlc
Tucked away near the river in Hereford’s old pumping station is the waterworks museum. A large and impressive collection of steam and other early pumping engines and all manner of items connected with the history of water supply, this is a museum that deserves more attention. As well as housing the oldest working triple expansion… Read More Hereford Waterworks Museum
This has to be one of the most unusual railways in the world. Technically a monorail, but built on a triangular track, with two guide rails at the base, the Lartigue Monorail was the brainchild of a Frenchman, Charles Lartigue and ran between Listowel and the seaside resort of Ballybunion in County Kerry, in the… Read More Ireland’s Monorail system
The idea of building a railway between Tralee and Dingle was first approved by the Privy Council in 1884 and the company was incorporated in 1888. Originally planned to be standard Irish gauge (5ft3”) the severe gradients and curvature, led to the three foot gauge being adopted. The line took three years to build, at… Read More Tralee to Dingle Railway
The New Zealand heritage Railway at Pleasant Point has a very unusual Ford Model T railcar. Originally they were built for rural lines in the Southland area of South Island in 1925. Based on a on a one-ton Model T Ford truck chassis, they never proved popular and were withdrawn in 1931. In the 1980’s… Read More Quaintest Railcar ever?
The LMS / LNWR swingbridge in Oxford is one of only two scheduled monument swing bridges in England and is the last significant hand operated main-line rail swingbridge in existence in Britain. It sits astride the Sheepwash Channel, which links the River Thames into the Oxford Canal. Its location, adjacent to the current high-level railway… Read More Rewley Road Swing Bridge