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

Belles & Whistles

Wednesday 29th June – Tuesday 5th July 2022 Saturday Sightings Three rail tours were scheduled to pass through Dorset territory on Saturday July 2nd 2022. One had seemingly been cancelled a few days prior to its intended departure before reappearing on the schedules, much to Yoshi’s relief. Originally advertised as being steam hauled and later… Continue reading Belles & Whistles

20/20 Vision

This week saw the second and third days of the RMT national rail strike and with them further disruption across the network. I hope that both sides can see their way to finding a solution. Locally we saw the cancellation of a steam hauled rail tour to Bournemouth and Weymouth on Thursday 23rd June 2022.… Continue reading 20/20 Vision

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

Birmingham Moor Street & More

This week I needed to go to Birmingham, so took the opportunity of sampling the Chiltern Railways Class 68 hauled service to and from London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street. We visited Marylebone as part of a previous post a few weeks ago, but I didn’t see any loco hauled services on that day. Six… Continue reading Birmingham Moor Street & More

Heaton Lodge Junction

Something a little different this week. On Sunday, Yoshi stayed home with his mum while I went off to Shepton Mallet and the Bath & West Showground who were hosting Britain’s Biggest Model Railway – Heaton Lodge Junction. With over three miles of track, the ‘O’ Gauge layout took eight years to build and can… Continue reading Heaton Lodge Junction

Yeovil Yarns

Every now and then, even in this internet age, a test train or light locomotive working manages to pass me by. Recently it was a top and tailed Class 73 test train which visited our local area when I was tucking into Sunday lunch. Last year I was thwarted in seeing a Class 56 in… Continue reading Yeovil Yarns

Somerset & Dorset ( in Hampshire )

A Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway themed feel about this weeks blog. It’s like we plan these things instead of throwing everything together at the last minute. Which of course we’d never do. Our week in review kicked off last Wednesday, March 2nd 2022, when I noted that the daily booked turn for Class 455… Continue reading Somerset & Dorset ( in Hampshire )

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