Yoshi and the One Way Wizzo

April 14th 2024 to April 24th 2024 On Sunday 14th April 2024, preserved Class 52 “Western” diesel-hydraulic locomotive No. D1015 ‘Western Champion’ worked a loaded test run from London Paddington to Birmingham New Street, supported by GBRf Class 57 No. 57303 which was utilised as a passenger carrying one way rail tour. No. D1015 ran… Continue reading Yoshi and the One Way Wizzo

Yoshi’s Bincombe Visit

March 16th 2024 to March 22nd 2024 Maintenance work between Dorchester and Weymouth closed the railway line from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th March 2024 affecting both South Western Railway (SWR) and Great Western Railway (GWR) services along this route. In association with the work, an engineers train, in the hands of Freightliner, worked from… Continue reading Yoshi’s Bincombe Visit

Yoshi & the Rail Blue 455

March 1st 2024 to March 16th 2024 March 2024 kicked off with another visit to Dorset from the Snow & Ice Treatment Train (SITT) in the charge of GBRf Class 66 No.’s 66764 ‘Major John Poyntz Engineer & Railwayman’ and 66750 ‘Bristol Panel Signal Box’ working as 3Y89 2200 Totton Yard to Totton Yard. This… Continue reading Yoshi & the Rail Blue 455

Yoshi & the Stones

February 10th 2024 to February 21st 2024 Hello – as mentioned briefly last time around, we were planning on bringing you an archive feature on Bournemouth Depot Open days, but we need to find and scan some additional negatives as well as editing down and converting 8mm video tape, so that’ll take a little bit more… Continue reading Yoshi & the Stones

Yoshi’s Birthday Week

January 12th 2024 to January 19th 2024 Yoshi celebrated his 5th birthday on Friday January 12th 2024 – he posed for a few photographs so he could show off his new sweater (which would come in handy as temperatures plummeted  over the course of the following week), cap and bandana. He didn’t really take to wearing… Continue reading Yoshi’s Birthday Week

Home Again

October 6th 2023 to October 25th 2023 We had a fabulous couple of weeks away cruising on Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 arriving back in Southampton on 20th October where I was quietly pleased to be shown two class 66 locomotives waiting to have their photo taken alongside the Mayflower Cruise Terminal situated at Western… Continue reading Home Again

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

Yoshi and the T3

September 20th 2023 to September 27th 2023 The big local news this week was centred on the Swanage Railway as Victorian era Adams T3 Class 4-4-0 locomotive No. 563 was reunited with her tender after remedial tasks were carried out at Herston Works and steamed while complete for the first time in around 75 years.… Continue reading Yoshi and the T3

Yoshi Barks Again

July 26th 2023 to August 1st 2023 Steam returned on the Bournemouth to Weymouth line this week, when The Railway Touring Company ran one of their summer day trips from London to Weymouth. The steam traction was in the form of LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No. 45596 ‘Bahamas’ with support at the rear of the… Continue reading Yoshi Barks Again

Yoshi and the Hastings Unit

July 5th 2023 to July 11th 2023 This time around we were lucky enough to see two separate railtours grace our patch. But before that on Wednesday 5th July, the Ultrasonic Test Unit (UTU) reached Weymouth via  Bournemouth working as 3Q02 2140 Eastleigh East Yard to Eastleigh East Yard via Weymouth Signal DR194. As the name… Continue reading Yoshi and the Hastings Unit