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Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:43 pm
Sunday 22 February
Dover Transport Museum
Std gauge ST THOMAS 0-6-0ST AE 1971 of 1927
2ft gauge 4WP FH 3116 of 1946
4WD MR 8730 of 1941
4WD RH 349061 of 1953
All locomotives outside in unrestored state with other ng rolling stock.
Railways not well represented, but an interesting museum with good food and helpful and friendly volunteers.
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:24 pm
On Monday 31st August Chiltern ran a special service from Aylesbury to Quainton Road with single unit 121020, which the three of us used.
At Quainton there was a service on the upside siding worked by 30585, and on the down (Brill Branch) side a brake van with
FRASER & CHALMERS ENGINEERING WORKS V75, 0-4-0ST WB 2469 of 1932
as motive power, in immaculate condition and driven by R. M. Scott, who has owned the locomotive for its 50 years in preservation.
Much of the collection of locos and other rolling was viewable, and good use is made of the large storage space, both for restored locomotives and other rolling stock and those waiting attention (although, as always, there is never enough room for everything).
It is disappointing to see that the Egyptian Sentinel railcar still under repair but there seems to be good progress with other items, including:
METROPOLITAN 1 which looks prepared for the forthcoming appearance on the Met.
9466 is stripped down
6989 WHIGHTWICK HALL is largely reassembled
The South African 4-8-4 maintains a prime display position but the New York Subway car body used as the caf? in the early days is hidden behind the well maintained tpo vehicles.
There were also the attractions of the miniature railway, the huge selection of second books and good refreshments..
All in all an excellent day out was produced by the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, despite the efforts of the weather to make it otherwise
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:00 pm
Great Central Railway Nottingham
Visited here on Saturday 19th September on the Hastings Diesel Tour which took us into Ruddington Fields Station.
Stock seen included:
Prototype HST 41001 was on display (it has got around a bit since overhaul at Neville Hill Depot aided by input from Brush Traction, making use of use of the main line connection).
LMS 8F 2-8-0 8274 looking good and in light steam.
The collection of English Electric locos with 20007, 20154, 37009 and 73110.
Motor Rail 4wDs 15097 and 15099 (but not the original LNER ones).
47765 under repaint by the owner.
(1631) 2-8-0 American S160 stripped to bare frame, excellent for the examination of a cast steel framed loco without rivets, except to fit drag components.
There were four trains working on the extensive miniature railway operated by Nottingham Model Engineers.
On the journey the large number of diesels returned from mainland Europe were noted at Leicester, and it was good to see a full yard at Brush Loughborough including two newly rebuilt class 73s.
Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:49 pm
Mid Hants Saturday 2nd January
On a very wet morning the first train from Alton, hauled by 34007 WADEBRIDGE was almost empty.
92212 was the other working locomotive, much praised by its driver.
Access was not being allowed to Ropley sheds or designated workshop viewing areas, but the following were outside:
850 LORD NELSON 30828 (stripped ) 30499 (stripped)
45379 0-6-0T I
50027 12049 D3358
At Arlesford was 08377.
Journeys behind 92212 had the advantage they were in one the very comfortable buffet cars.
Despite the weather, an enjoyable day out, helped by everyone we met.