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The Granite Way

Dartmoor in Devon is a fantastic National Park.  Much of it has a very wild feel, although I recall my grandfather telling me that in all the years when he used to walk the moors, he always met at least one other person every time!  412 more words

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100% Steam... No More!

The Bluebell Railway for many years (until 2006) took much pride in being the only 100% steam standard gauge railway in the UK.  However, as the picture of Sentinel Rolls-RoyceThomas Hill 4-w Diesel-Hydraulic loco 10241 at Horsted Keynes (complete with fluffy dice in the cab) goes to show, this is no longer the case! 169 more words

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A Red Prairie

As part of the London Underground’s 150th celebration’s last year, prairie tank 5521 was painted in (albeit historical incorrect) Metropolitan lined red colours and numbered L.150.  138 more words

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56xx 5643

56xx 5643 was one of three locomotives in steam on the day I visited the Bluebell Line (click here to read more).  The others being SECR H class 263 and… 186 more words


The Beautiful Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway has always been one of my favourite places.  As a child, planned visits to the Bluebell Line were anticipated with much excitement that would build up as the date approached, all the while devouring books, leaflets, magazines and brochures containing pictures an articles of it’s incredible fleet of stock.  1,316 more words

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The return of the Dorset Coast Express

Yesterday marked the return of the Dorset Coast Express which is a weekly steam special from London Victoria to Weymouth. The train was hauled by Black 5 44932 who I recently saw hauling the Royal Wessex ( 166 more words

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Driving The Duchess

Retired Engine Driver John Anthony has submitted another guest blog post, sharing a harrowing experience driving the magnificent 46229 Duchess of Hamilton.  Without further ado, here is John’s third piece on his driving experiences! 190 more words

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