An unexpected purchase last week included volumes 3 & 4 of ‘Modern Railway Working’ dated 1913. The in depth and diverse articles included civil engineering subjucts such as tunnelling, bridges etc and station lighting, along with motive power, workshop practice etc. Here’s the article on Rail Motor cars. At the time they were a new… Read More Rail Motor Cars
On Saturday 1st August the Severn Valley Railway, one of the UK’s premier heritage railways, reopened, after over 4 months closed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Another extract from “The Railway Engineer”, this is from the 1925 edition. The 4 page article gives an in depth report on the reconstruction of the City and South London Railway – known today as The Northern Line of London Underground.
The Severn Valley Railway is one of the premier heritage railways in the UK, and one of the best known. Many people don’t realise that the original railway ran much further, from the heritage lines current terminus in Bridgnorth, under the town to Ironbridge and ultimately Shrewsbury. Opened in 1862, and already scheduled for closure… Read More Severn Valley Railway – the disused section
Recent arrivals at the Chasewater Railway are two Simplex Rail Motors. These unusual looking rail vehicles were built by the Bedford based Motor Rail Ltd. Although painted in BR livery to resemble LNER Class Y11 shunters, these ones were industrial locomotives, built in 1919 and 1920, and spent their lives in foundries and industrial sidings.… Read More Simplex rail motors
As well as being a designer and manufacturer of rather splendid cars, Ettore Bugatti also made railcars. The Bugatti railcars, known as autorails, were first built in 1933 as single, double or triple car units with two or four linked 12.7 ltr petrol engines. Each car had two 8 wheel bogies. The engines were surplus… Read More Bugatti Railcars
It’s English Tourism Week, here’s Network Rail’s pick of the country’s most striking railway heritage:
The Eichenberger Waldbahn (Forest Railway) was founded in 1986, when 18 narrow gauge enthusiasts bought 2 Henschel diesel locomotives from a local factory. Three years later they rented a former rail maintenance yard adjacent to Eichenberg main line station, in central Germany. The main focus of the centre is preservation and operation of 600mm gauge railway stock… Read More Eichenberg Forest Railway
One thing the railway companies were never short of was paperwork. Seemingly endless amounts of forms, labels and booklets. Plenty of this is still in existence, and if you have an interest in the running of the railways, they are easily affordable and can make an interesting collection. Railway companies also produced their own publicity… Read More Railway Paperwork
Dropped in to Avoncroft Museum of Buildings the other day. Haven’t been there since the obligatory school trip xxx years ago… Opened in 1963, Avoncroft is a collection of historic buildings saved from demolition and relocated to the parkland site, just outside Bromsgrove. The diverse collection includes everything from a medieval town house to a… Read More Avoncroft – not just buildings