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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… 181 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.  1,289 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!

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The Times They Are a-Changin part 1

Last Sunday during a trip to Alton, I saw for what is probably the last time in Hampshire (for me at least), U class 31806.  This weekend is likely to be this locomotive’s last on the Watercress Line, so if you want to see it, this might be your last chance!  115 more words

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"Back to Black" The 'Didn't quite make its'

The next locomotive in the series from Simon’s 35005 ‘Canadian Pacific’ is 35006 ‘Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.’ (usually called P&O!) and is a rebuilt Merchant Navy Class. 547 more words

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Not quite "Back to Black" 4575 class 5542

5542 is a very popular engine full of character, known to many as the “Sweet sixteen” (sum of its digits) or the PFP (Planet’s favourite prairie)  it is a regular runner to the GWSR, as well as many other lines including the South Devon Railway and the West Somerset Railway. 256 more words

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