The Swanage Railway are once again running their special Steam and Lights trains for Christmas departing from Swanage station. This year the services will be top and tailed by steam locomotives which, along with the carriages, will be covered in brightly coloured lights for the one hour round trip past Corfe Castle and return. On… Continue reading Swanage Steam & Lights
In 1972, the good folk of Okehampton turned out to wave farewell to the Devon moorland town’s regular passenger train service. This weekend, unswayed by the efforts of Storm Arwen, Yoshi and I took a trip from Exeter St Davids to Oakhampton because after nearly 50 years daily passenger services have resumed along The Dartmoor… Continue reading Okehampton
At the moment there is a fair bit of work being carried out to provide major improvements to the railway line between Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil. Scheduled to take 16 days, the line between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth closed to Great Western Railway services on November 18th. Additionally, on Monday November 22nd South Western… Continue reading Weymouth Line Closures
The weekend just passed ( 20th and 21st November 2021 ) Yoshi and I ventured out to see the Saturday morning ‘The Lickey Banker’ railtour run by Vintage Trains and hauled by GWR 4073 Class No. 7029 Clun Castle. Running from Tyseley Steam Trust to Worcester and return the trains were organised to take in… Continue reading Steam Days
Recently I’ve been looking through and digitising old photographs, slides and negatives of my train spotting days dating back to the late 1970’s and also video footage from the late 80’s/ 90’s. Although they are universally terrible in framing and execution and with an inability to hold a camera straight and a penchant for over… Continue reading All Aboard!