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.
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.
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