December ’23 Catch Up

December 11th 2023 to December 31st 2023 The second part of our December blog is finally here! After our trip to the North, we didn’t have to wait long for some local railway themed action as another Class 458 EMU drag from Widnes Transport Tech to Bournemouth depot took place on Wednesday 13th running as… Continue reading December ’23 Catch Up

Class 458

November 3rd 2023 to November 10th 2023 Engineering work over the weekend in Hampshire meant that a replacement bus service operated between Southampton and Bournemouth with a shuttle train service between Bournemouth and Weymouth. The early hours of Saturday morning saw an engineers train originating from Eastleigh East Yard scheduled to reverse at Bournemouth before… Continue reading Class 458

Poppy Fields

October 26th 2023 to November 2nd 2023 It was very quiet around these parts this last week. Nothing much of note to report on the rails of Dorset as far as I’m aware. Storm Ciarán hit the South West in the early hours of Thursday 2nd November with the BBC reporting train lines ground to a… Continue reading Poppy Fields

Yoshi Goes To Fawley Hill

We eased into a busy few days by popping over to Hamworthy on Friday 23rd June 2023 to see a Freightliner Class 66 locomotive on a route learner from Southampton Maritime to Weymouth and back.  No idea if this means there may be some engineering trains heading our way in the future or just a… Continue reading Yoshi Goes To Fawley Hill

Yoshi Climbs Gold Hill

14th June 2023 to 20th June 2023 Wednesday 14th June 2023 saw Colas test train 1Q18 Derby RTC to Bristol Kingsland Road visit Dorset in the capable charge of top and tailed Class 37 locomotives No.’s 37612 and 37254. I was in the east of the county hoping to capture a Class 701 drag from… Continue reading Yoshi Climbs Gold Hill

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

Crewe Heritage Centre

On Saturday April 1st, Yoshi’s mama had a weekend away planned with friends in Oxford. Organised before the announcement of rail strikes, I had a cunning plan for an adventure of my own when Mick Lynch of the RMT declared “everyone out!” By the time the April strike day was suspended, I’d already committed myself… Continue reading Crewe Heritage Centre

Sprat & Winkle Week

Wednesday 8th March 2023 to Tuesday 14th March 2023 The Network Rail Snow & Ice Treatment Train (SITT) graced us with its presence twice this week – firstly on Wednesday and then again on Friday. Both visits were top and tailed by the same pair of GBRf Class 66 locomotives which have also made it… Continue reading Sprat & Winkle Week

Titfield @70

Wednesday 1st March 2023 to Tuesday 7th March 2023 I love an Ealing Studios film, and this week, “The Titfield Thunderbolt” celebrated its 70th Anniversary having been released to the public for the first time on 5th March 1953 with a Gala Premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre in London as part of the British Film Academy’s award ceremony, before going on… Continue reading Titfield @70