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

Northward Bound

Tuesday 12th July to Tuesday 19th July Fleetwood Yoshi and I spent much of last week in the North West of England as we made The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood our base. The hotel was commissioned by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood, designed in the Greek classical style by architect Decimus Burton and built between… Continue reading Northward Bound

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

Swanage Diesel Gala

This week we take a look at the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala which was held over the weekend of 6th – 8th May 2022. This was the first event of its type held at Swanage since 2019. A “Thirty-Seven Thursday” preview day with Class 37 No. 37703 in service alongside Bulleid West Country Pacific Class… Continue reading Swanage Diesel Gala

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

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

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