Flying Scotsman has been hauling excursions over the East Lancashire Railway over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and in early September, she is seen below at Ramsbottom on 7th September 2018. A weekend earlier I paid a visit to the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway for their Steam Gala with visiting locomotive 'Superb'. Click here for video and pictures from the gala.
50 Years Ago Today... 11th August 1968... The End of British Railways Steam. While timetabled steam ended a week earlier, 11th August 1968 saw British Railways operate a final railtour to commemorate the end of steam.
Running from Liverpool to Carlisle both ways over the Settle and Carlisle line, the train was hauled by Black Fives 45110 (Liverpool - Manchester), 44871 and 44781 (Carlisle - Manchester) and 70013 Oliver Cromwell (Manchester - Carlisle).
50 years on and steam is going strong once again, main line commemoration events have been affected by the recent hot weather meaning three trains going over the S&C today all are requiring a diesel behind the steam locomotive for assistance. Oliver Cromwell's main line ticket expired earlier in the year but is spending the day operating on the Great Central Railway.
Click on the following links for video and picture galleries from travels during July 2018...
Celebrating 50 Years since Reopening to passengers on the 29th June 1968, the Keighley &Worth Valley Railway held a week long gala. I attended four days of the gala taking in the sight and sound of Royal Scot, Ivatt 41241 on the re-opening recreation, SVR Pannier 7714 (running on Thursday and Friday as Keighley's 5775), amongst a large variety of locomotives and vintage carriages in action.
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The previous weekend I spent a couple of days enjoying 20 Hunslets (including Russell on the WHHR) running around Porthmadog, at Hunslet 125, celebrating Blanche and Linda's 125th Birthday. Click here for my picture and video gallery.
Latest updates come from the Severn Valley Railway's Goods Gala featuring GWR 2857 on the lines GWR goods train and a visiting GBRf Class 66 on a modern freight. Click here for pictures and video from the weekend.
During the same weekend I took a visit to some of the museums in Ironbridge where a range of locomotives can be found on display. Click here for pictures.
Last month, I paid a visit to the Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival at Astley Green Colliery, a selection of traction engines and former mining locomotives where on display and in action during the day, click here for a selection of images and video from the day.
An enjoyable day enjoying the Northern Fells chasing Jubilee Galatea on the Fellsman. Pictures and video can be found here...
The May Bank Holiday Weekend saw the official launch into steam of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's new locomotive Krauss 4-6-2 Whillan Beck. A special weekend of trains ran with my visit on Monday happily co-inciding with two vintage Atlantic locomotives in action. Click here for pictures and video from the day.
Following her debut S&C run during the Great Britain, Merchant Navy 35018 British India Line took on Shap at the head of the Cumbrian Mountain Express on 12th May 2018. Click here for my footage from Shap Wells and Armathwaite.
Goods trains were the order of the day at the Great Central on 13th May, having freshly renewed my lineside pass after a year without, a day at Quorn and Swithland was in action with 7 goods/mixed sets in use with 6 steam locos and a class 25 diesel with a brake tender. Click here for video and picture gala.
A couple of updates this evenings, A Spring updated has been made to the Whats On Guide and also some pictures from the East Lancs Class 40s @ 60 Gala.
British India Line made here debut run over the S&C on day two of the Great Britain. I captured the train at Lunds on a sunny afternoon. Video and pictures here...
A busy few weeks have led to quite a bit of footage and photos to sort through, click below to visit the galleries from including from the Isle of Man Railways Rush Hour On the Railways:
Footage and gallery from The Steam Fayre at Beamish should be uploaded in the coming days.
Click here for my video and picture gallery for the Worth Valley Steam Gala featuring S&D 7F 53808 and Britannia class 70013 Oliver Cromwell
The final week of 2017 saw a trip down South. During this trip I took in the Epping Ongar Railway where N2 1744 was operating services. I was hoping to take a trip to the Kent & East Sussex Railway but car trouble put an end to this. On the way back up a visit to STEAM, The Great Western Museum in Swindon and Severn Valley Railway where 7812 Erlestoke Manor was seen making her final runs before overhaul.
Click here for Severn Valley Railway video and pictures...
The last weekend of November saw Santa's start on a fair number of railways, including the East Lancs, where above we see Class 33109 Captain Bill Smith departing Rawtenstall with some snow on the ground and surrounding hills.
On Sunday I visited the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC, an excellent day with two standard gauge visitors in the form of the Bluebell's H class and GWR 1450. A selection of pictures from the day can be found here.
A large number of new video and stills galleries from visits this year:
Preserved Railway from Lee Andrew Davies
A website with two purposes, to deliver annual listings of events on Preserved Railways throughout the UK, and to display my collection of photos and videos from preserved railways and main line.