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.
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 Based on a on a one-ton Model T Ford truck chassis, they never proved popular and were withdrawn in 1931.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?
More from the Spring Gala. It’s all made possible by a small army of volunteers doing all manner of jobs from prepping locos to checking the permanent way, and clearing it all up at the end. I first worked on preserved locos at age 13, and It’s always great to see how many of the… Read More Severn Valley Spring Gala part 2
Here’s a few images from the Severn Valley Railway’s spring Gala. Lots of tank engines, a busy service, even a goods train rattling through the stations. Plus loads of stalls, real ale bars and more. On all weekend. More at the SVR website
Part of my day job is dealing in books, which includes maps, ephemera and so on, so of course that includes some railway items. An unexpected find last year was an early drivers log book from the Severn Valley Railway, dated 1971. Here’s a couple of pages for your perusal. The original, after viewing by… Read More Early preservation preserved
Coming shortly – a mostly rail-centred blog, with some transport issues thrown in. No doubt my early memories of the numerous oil trains running past my garden to the Thame depot had an influence, until we moved away just before my 5th birthday. I watched the tracks being lifted through Winchcombe some years later, and… Read More The Journey Begins