Crompton Week

Wednesday 3rd August to Tuesday 9th August 2022 Ultrasonic Test Train & DBSO’s Wednesday 3rd August saw a scheduled visit of COLAS Class 37 No. 37099 with an Ultrasonic Test Train visiting the Bournemouth to Weymouth line. Due to pass through Poole around 2315, a late departure from Eastleigh meant the train actually passed at… Continue reading Crompton Week

Deltic!

Wednesday 27th July to Tuesday 2nd August 2022 The Royal Wessex Swanage Railway recently launched a re-creation of the 1950’s era “Royal Wessex” train including the option to reserve seats in a heritage carriage designed by Richard Maunsell, the chief mechanical engineer of the Southern Railway in the 1930’s, after it was painstakingly restored by… Continue reading Deltic!

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

Class 47 Heaven

Wednesday 6th July to Monday 11th July Lynton & Lynmouth We took Wednesday off to visit friends who were holidaying in North Devon near the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth. Lynton was built on flat land 500 feet vertically above the beautiful fishing village of Lynmouth. I can never remember which is which, but… Continue reading Class 47 Heaven

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

175 And Not Out…

Swanage Railway Friday evening was gloriously sunny, so Yoshi and I made the most of the light and took a drive to Swanage to see resident Class 33 No. 33111 in charge of the dining train which made two return trips between Swanage and Norden enabling diners ample time to enjoy dinner while taking in… Continue reading 175 And Not Out…

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

Winfrith Cats 2

Just taking a break from binge watching ‘Mare of Easttown’ to put together this weeks update. I’m well behind the times in catching up on the Kate Winslet TV drama, but convinced <redacted> is the guilty party. I’ll let you know if I’m correct next time. Anyway, on with the trains where this week we… Continue reading Winfrith Cats 2