January 2024 Wraps Up

January 20th 2024 to January 31st 2024 Sunday 21st – Yoshi and I took a drive to Weymouth to catch up with old friends. We took a walk around the Weymouth Peninsula to see the continuing work at the site of the former Weymouth Harbour railway station which is part of the Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project.… Continue reading January 2024 Wraps Up

Yoshi’s New Year

January 1st 2024 to January 11th 2024 We kicked off 2024 with a visit to the “New Years Steam Up” being held at the London Museum of Water & Steam in Brentford. The Steam Up weekend of celebrations was the first opportunity in two years for people to marvel at the monstrous working steam engines… Continue reading Yoshi’s New Year

Yoshi Meets D345

November 24th 2023 to November 30th 2023 The morning of Friday November 24th produced an early Christmas present when Direct Rail Services (DRS) ran what is believed to be a driver training / route learner light engine move to Winfrith as 0Z67 0917 Southampton Central to Winfrith Sidings and its associated return 0Z68 1140 Winfrith Sidings… Continue reading Yoshi Meets D345

Yoshi’s Peak Rail Adventure

September 28th 2023 to October 5th 2023 Thursday September 28th 2023 saw another Direct Rail Services (DRS) run from Crewe to Winfrith for the collection of low level nuclear waste. If estimates are correct there may only be three of these trains left to run. When we took the public footpath alongside the sidings at Winfrith… Continue reading Yoshi’s Peak Rail Adventure

Winfrith Cats… again

August 9th 2023 to August 15th 2023 Yoshi is supporting the campaign to keep railway ticket offices open following the train companies proposals to begin closing 974 booking halls across England. The passenger watchdogs Transport Focus and London Travelwatch are overseeing a public consultation which closes on 1st September 2023. Have your say by completing… Continue reading Winfrith Cats… again

Severn Valley Diesel Gala 2023

Last week we were enjoying the sun in Cornwall, so our report on our visit to the 2023 Severn Valley Diesel Gala ( which took place 18th – 21st May) is slightly delayed until now. We hope you found our mini blog about Promenade Plantée in Paris interesting and a bit different last week, but… Continue reading Severn Valley Diesel Gala 2023

Winfrith Cats Return

The Weymouth line was visited by a rail tour on Wednesday 19th April 2023 when Statesman Rail’s Dorset Coast Statesman, hauled by double-headed Brush Type 4 Class 47 diesel-electric locomotives No.’s 47593 ‘Galloway Princess’ and 47828 ran from Crewe to the Dorset seaside town for an afternoon layover. We saw the train on its outward leg… Continue reading Winfrith Cats Return

SWR Living Walls

Thursday 13th April was greeted by South Western Railway (SWR) announcing a major fault at @0300 in the cabling that powers the signalling systems at London Waterloo. This knocked out 14 of the platforms. Consequently passengers were advised not to travel on routes into the busiest railway station in Britain with 41.4 million customers travelling… Continue reading SWR Living Walls

Best Way to West Bay

Wednesday 22nd February 2023 to Tuesday 28th February 2023 We start off this week with another ‘no-show’ as the New Measurement Train running as 1Z22 0748 Derby RTC Serco to Bristol Kingsland Road Freightliner Heavy Haul scheduled to visit Weymouth via Yeovil Pen Mill on Wednesday 22nd February 2023 was truncated at Cheltenham Spa. The train… Continue reading Best Way to West Bay


Wednesday January 25th to Tuesday January 31st 2023 Dorset railway station Pokesdown (or to quote current station signage; “Pokesdown for Boscombe”) has been in the news recently and on Wednesday January 11th 2023 was subject to an Adjournment debate at the House of Commons as Tobias Ellwood,  Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, raised the question of… Continue reading Pokesdown