Blackpool Redux

Wednesday 20th July to Tuesday 26th July 2022 Blackpool As we mentioned in our last blog entry, Yoshi and I spent a few days in the North West a couple of weeks ago when we took the opportunity to take a trip on a heritage Blackpool Tram. The Blackpool Tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood, originally opening… Continue reading Blackpool Redux

Platinum Jubilee Weekend

66734 ‘Platinum Jubilee’ We kicked off our four day Platinum Jubilee Weekend when we popped into Eastleigh to see newly outshopped GBRf EU Class 66 conversion No. 66734. The locomotive, previously No. PB04 when in use in Europe, has taken the identity of Class 66/7 No. 66734, which was written off in a landslide adjacent… Continue reading Platinum Jubilee Weekend

Severn Valley Steam Adventure

With heritage railway gala season now in full swing, last Saturday we were able to spend the day visiting The Severn Valley Railway as the 2022 Spring Steam Gala was taking place. Big draw for me was Gresley A4 4-6-2 No. 4498 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ in austerity black livery, as well as the chance of… Continue reading Severn Valley Steam Adventure

Easter 2022

Last week I mentioned the failure of the monthly Class 73 top and tailed COLAS track recording train to make it to Weymouth on Monday 11th April. Well, the same thing happened the next day when the service was rescheduled. This time the train actually set out from Derby, but soon went off route and… Continue reading Easter 2022

Pendennis Castle

It was an early start on Saturday April 2nd, or possibly a late end to Friday 1st when I popped into Poole to catch sight of DB Class 66 No. 66105 arrive with an engineers train from Eastleigh East Yard at 0045 (6N03 2355 Eastleigh East Yard to Poole). The next day, Yoshi and I… Continue reading Pendennis Castle

Winfrith Waste

It has been an interesting week in review with the first of what should be semi-regular visits to Dorset of trains in connection with a project to dispose of of more than 1,000 stainless steel drums of waste at Nuclear Waste Services’ Low Level Waste Repository site from Winfrith Magnox site. Gresley A3 Pacific No.… Continue reading Winfrith Waste

Dog n’ Marylebone

A quiet week with out of the ordinary trains in the Bournemouth to Weymouth area this week. The New Measurement Train which was scheduled to have run on Wednesday 23rd February was cancelled. Maybe we’ll get visited by a COLAS HST in March instead. Sleeper and track replacement at Bournemouth over the weekend saw an… Continue reading Dog n’ Marylebone

Whistles In The Wind

So this week we’ve all had to contend with the triple onslaught of Storm’s Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. Remember when we had to wait months in-between storms? Now they come along like double decker buses. Hopefully everyone has come through unscathed. We were up late, or was it early….. to be honest, most likely both….… Continue reading Whistles In The Wind

Railway Ramblings

This week ( February 8th to 15th 2022 ) has seen the Bournemouth to Weymouth line welcome engineers trains and test trains which has provided an interesting variety and a change from the norm. Class 701 testing continues and this week it was the turn of unit No. 701032 to run down to Poole. On… Continue reading Railway Ramblings

Birthdays and Things

This week saw Yoshi celebrate his third birthday. That’s 28 in the human years equivalent. Although Yoshi has calmed down a great deal in the last twelve months, he’s still very much a puppy in his attitude and outlook, and with a few minor exceptions, we wouldn’t want it any other way. They say the… Continue reading Birthdays and Things