Southern 0-6-0 30541 and 4-6-0 777 Sir Lamiel double head into Quorn & Woodhouse station on Sunday 29th January 2017. Click here for my gallery of pictures from the Sunday of the GC Winter Steam Gala. Video to follow tomorrow.
Steam returns to the main line this week with Leander hauling the Cumbrian Mountain Express today. Next month Tornado returns to the S&C operating three days of 'timetabled' services between Appleby and Skipton. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been operating timetabled steam main line steam, although as Open Access rather than under franchise, for ten years this year. Here in this look at my footage from the NYMR from 2015/16, we take a look at shots in location order from Whitby to Pickering.
Next weekend sees the first big gala event of the year with the Bluebell's Q class visit the Great Central Railway in a line up which could feature up to 10 locomotives in steam. I plan to be in attendance on the Sunday with footage and photos following in the following days.
This Saturday's compilation is a look back at former Industrial Steam locomotives operating in 2016. Next Saturday we can look forward to a look back at my footage from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway's during 2015 and 2016 in Whitby to Pickering 2015/16.
The Whats On Guide has had a further major update with 2017 events added for a number of lines including the Tanfield, Romney, Middleton and Pontypool. Keep an eye on the Locomotive Galleries as I am currently adding more pictures including too the following pages:
The 2017 special events page with most railways 2017 calendar now online. The steam gala page is being regularlly updated as locomotive line ups are being announced for the spring season. I've updating two locomotive profile pages today with videos and larger galleries:
With snow forcast for this week we have a throw back to a year ago when Black Five 45407 is seen approaching Townsend Fold level crossing.
It's been a year since Flying Scotsman made her first daylight moves on the East Lancs as part of her running in trails. In this special compilation video of my footage of her from 2016, we take a look back at her first year back in steam.
During January we will take a weekly look back at 2016, with compilations of footage, next Saturday its the turn of Industrial Steam.
Welcome to 2017, a year of commemorations looking back to 50 years since the end of Southern Steam. 2017 special events listings can be found on the Whats On Guide. 2016 was a busy year for myself with regular railway visits across England and Wales, including many first times visits, with visits from Tanfeild in the North East, to Bodmin & Wenford at the opposite end of the country in the South West.
My final trip during 2016 was to the Llangollen Railway for their Winter Warmer Gala. Click here for a full video and picture gallery from the event.
My video best bits from 2017 can be found here (part one can be found by clicking here):
I've got another week off work this week so expect a few new compilation videos this week; currently planned are 'Flying Scotsman 2016' and an 'Industrial Steam Locomotives 2016', plus possibly a couple of locomotive compilations for use in my Locomotive Gallieries. Also 2016 saw me move into our first house, and this has meant I've been able to start creating my model railway; expect a new model blog to start up in the coming weeks.
LMS Crab 2-6-0 13065 passes through Burrs Country Park Halt on Wednesday 21st December 2016.
Click here for video and pictures of ELR Santa Specials in 2016.
6880 Betton Grange was the star of the show at Warley National Model Railway show. The locomotive which is under construction at Llangollen was seen for the first time in public with a boiler in place., The boiler was from the groups other locomotive Cogan Hall, which had been fitted to work out where pipping should go. I finally took the opportunity to sign up, why don't you too visit www.6880.co.uk for full membership and sponsorship details. It was my first visit to Warley, which takes place in Hall 5 of the NEC, and what an enjoyable day. Patience is key to the day with a large crowd for both viewing of layouts and bargains (the Bachmann returned stock stand was particularly busy... where I managed to get myself an industrial Jinty and some Scenecraft buildings for knockdown prices). Click here for my gallery for images from the day.
The Preserved Railway Whats On Guide is currently being updated regularly with 2017 events listings as they can come in:
Click here to visit the 2017 Complete Listings
Click here to visit the 2017 Steam Galas Page
I'm also adding more pictures into the Locomotive Galleries, so why not check out these pages while your visiting.
The Severn Valley Railway, held a Season Finale Steam Gala, over the first weekend of November. I visited on the Sunday, which was a day of mixed weather. GWR (ex-Port Talbot Railway) 0-6-0ST 813 is seen above departing Hampton Loade in the beautiful morning sunlight, the fresh form overhaul locomotive was the star of the show for myself; alongside the East Lancs Crab 13065 which looked magnificent at the head of the rake of LMS coaches. Click here for a link to my stills and video gallery from the event.
Railways are starting to announce their 2017 special events, with events at Llangollen, Severn Valley, West Somerset, Spa Valley and Churnet Valley being amongst those already listed on the Whats On Guide... click here to visit the Whats On Guide and get planning your 2017 event visits... highlights of the 2017 season include the Mid Hants End of Southern Steam Commemorations...
I took a further Flying visit to the East Lancs last Sunday, catching Flying Scotsman and City of Wells heading north out of Ramsbottom (and also tender first with up trains). Click here for pictures and video...
Slowly I'm adding starting on more locomotive galleries. New and updated pages include Royal Scot's, Flying Scotsman, Flying Pig, Princess Royal and Great Northern Railway locomotives, but many other galleries have been added, click here to visit the index.
One of my favourites from the Welsh Highland Great & Small III event, is this one of Prince taking water from the heritage water crane at Beddgelert.
Flying Scotsman was back in action on the East Lancashire Railway, on Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th October 2016, hauling passenger and dinning services between Bury and Rawtenstall. Footage and pictures of the iconic engine from the Thursday and Friday of the events can be found here. Locations include Burrs, Summerseat and the steps of Townsend Fold Box. During the event I took my first trip behind the A3 on an enjoyable working members special on Thursday night, along with being Townsend crossing keeper for the Friday night dinner.
The previous weekend was the Ffestiniog's Vintage Weekend, pictures and video from my two days of travelling and walking around the line can be found here... The weekend saw a trip with my dad to an event for the first time in a few years, the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Gala was the location, with Britomart running through the original Grosmont tunnel being one of the highlights of the Welsh themed gala with 7822 Foxcote Manor topping the bill on the standard gauge services, click here for pictures and video.
This month has seen me busy moving house, but that hasn't stopped me catching a bit of steam action. On August Bank Holiday Monday, I visit the Bala Lake Railway for there Steam Gala. It was a feast of Quarry Hunslet's, although headliner was Kerr Staurt 'Diana'. Beautiful sunny weather lasted all day, which was finished by a cavalcade of the locomotives. A thoroughly enjoyable event, with pictures and video being found here...
Two weeks later and back to Wales, this time further West to the Welsh Highland Railway for this years Superpower event; 'Great and Small III'. An intensive timetable was in operation on the northern end of the line with four locomotives operating shuttles/footplate rides/shunt challenges at Dinas. I took the opportunity of the event to finally ride between Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert, the only section of the line I'd yet to travel behind, travelling for much of the day onboard Prince's vintage train. Video and pictures of the gala can be found here...
My next steam capture was something a little bit bigger, in the form of Standard 4MT 76084 on her main line test run. I captured the locomotive on her loaded test around Houghton Bottom. Video can be found here...
As mentioned in the last blog we visited Cornwall for a weeks holiday. Along with chasing the Duchess and visiting Dartmouth, we also took the opportunity to visit Bodmin, Lappa, Swanage and capture Tornado. The day before we went down I also spent much of the afternoon at the West Lancs' Steam Gala with two visiting engines, after seeing Leander on her way north from Preston.
I took the first few weeks of August off, during this time we took the oppourtunity to spend a week camping in Cornwall. On the way down to Cornwall we managed to capture the Duchess on the Royal Duchy at Whiteball, Dainton and Saltash. Click here for footage and stills of the Duchess.
We took a day trip out of Cornwall, back into Devon on the Friday of the week, for a trip to the Darmouth Steam Railway, where two GWR tanks were in action on a very sunny day. Click here for footage and stills.
Once we'd returned back up north a trip to the inlaws was in order, and from her we took a day out to Llanberis. The plan was for a brief walk up the start of the Llanberis path to get a shot of the steam working on the Mountain Railway, but before we new it we where at the halfway cafe up Snowdon, and having reached half way up we decided we may as well climb to the summit. A very rewarding walk, with plenty of footage and stills of the railway. Click here for video and photos from our climb up Snowdon.
This time last year I visited the Conwy Valley and waited at Roman Bridge for a black five that never made it up the steeply graded and bendy line. This year following 'gauging' issues with the 8F scheduled for the service, Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman, stepped in at the last minute and successfully made it all the way to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Click here for my pictures and videos of the Scot on the Conwy Valley and North Wales Coast Lines.
LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45690 Leander is seen above on the North Wales Coast Express on Sunday 24th July 2016. Click here for video and stills from a busy day chasing, where I caught her at Edge Hill, Pensarn, Llandudno/Maesdu, Conwy Castle, Valley, Llandudno Jct, Deganwy and Llanddulas.
Along with regular updates to the Whats On Guide, I'e been continuing to update the Locomotive Galleries with the following updates now live, all are just photo galleries for now, but video compilations of classes should be added to some of these pages in the coming weeks:-
There's not many better ways to spend a Sunday then standing on Foxfield bank listening and watching a range of industrial tanks tackling the steep incline. That was how I spent my Sunday, and the results can be found here by clicking here...
A video and photo gallery from my day at Middleton on Friday can be found here... This was my first visit to the Middleton Railway, and while only for a few hours was very enjoyable. They present out of ticket locomotives in a very good way in the 'Engine House' museum display, which also tells the story of engine building around Leeds, particularly with Hunslet.
The Whats On Guide has been updated to a new, easier to edit, format. Click here to visit the Preserved Railway Whats On Guide.
Last Sunday I paid my first visit the Dean Forest Railway, a wonderful line running through the Royal Forest of Dean. The event celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Flour Mill Workshops, with four engines restored at the site operating, including Beattie Well Tank 30587, T9 30120 and Met No. 1. Click here for my gallery and videos from the day.
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.