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 car boot find is this home cine film of the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Date unknown, but looking at the clothes and cars I think it is early 1970’s
This 1963 silent film shows various steam and diesel locomotives climbing to Shap summit, on the West Coast Main Line. The tank engines running backwards are bankers, used to push trains up the 1 in 75 gradient, they then run back down the slope and wait for the next train that needs assistance.There’s a few… Read More Car boot sale film, Over Shap, 1963
Browsing at a car boot sale last year (a type of flea market for non-English readers) I found several old cine films, including this one. It’s a Walton Films documentary of a trip during the last days of the LMS before nationalisation, in 1948. It follows the journey of LMS Jubilee class No. 5614 Leeward… Read More Day in the life of an engine driver, on Super 8
Last year I picked up an old box of slides at auction. I noticed a few railway images amongst the general views of life in what turned out to be Edinburgh in the early 1960’s. In fact, as far as I can deduce from the collection and the slide captions it was the work of… Read More Auction Finds
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.
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
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
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