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  • Two Caleys - no. 419 & no. 828 (November 2018) - Duration: 2 minutes, 6 seconds.

    • 18 hours ago
    • 95 views
    There was considerable excitement in Scottish railway enthusiast circles at the beginning of November when the Caledonian Railway McIntosh 0-4-4 tank no. 419 was returned to service following a lon...
  • Jubilees - "Leander" at Greenholme on Shap (24th March 2018) - Duration: 89 seconds.

    • 1 day ago
    • 84 views
    As reported herein, the famous Stonier "Jubilee" no 45596 "Bahamas" will shortly be returning to the main lines. That will mean no less than three "Jubilees" will be active next year as Carnforth h...
  • The Return - No. 70000 'Britannia' at Bewdley (Severn Valley Railway) - Duration: 99 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 216 views
    The prototype BR Standard locomotive, no. 70000 'Britannia', returned to service during the Severn Valley's recent Autumn Gala and is seen at Bewdley. Now in the care of Locomotive Services the loc...
  • The Last Days of Steam 28 July 1968, part 3 - Duration: 63 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 84 views
    Continuing our coverage of the 28th July 1968 1L43 railtour organised jointly by the Severn Valley Railway Society and the Manchester Rail Travel Society we see the two Black 5s, 45156 (now nameles...
  • The Last Days of Steam 28 July 1968, part 2 - Duration: 86 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 164 views
    The 1L43 railtour of 28th July 1968 had been hauled from Manchester Victoria to Carnforth via Wigan North Western, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn and Hellifield by 70013. Organised jointly by the Severn ...
  • The Last Days of Steam 28 July 1968, part 4 - Duration: 73 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 99 views
    The last steam leg of the Severn Valley Railway and the Manchester Rail Travel Societies' jointly-promoted "Farewell to Steam" railtour of 28th July 1968 which ran from Manchester Victoria around t...
  • "It's Your Turn!" - S&D Class 7F No. 53808 on the turntable (WSR) - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 246 views
    Turning a locomotive on a manual turntable can be a back-breaking exercise but the gallant lads on the West Somerset Railway turned every one of them between services over the recent gala weekend. ...
  • The Little Engines - Lynton & Barnstaple Gala ( Sep/Oct 2018 ) - Duration: 76 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 141 views
    The success of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's gala at the end of September/beginning of October can be judged by the number of cars in the main and overflow car parks which can be seen in this...
  • The Squadron Returns - No. 34072 '257 Squadron' (October 2018) - Duration: 74 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 351 views
    The Swanage Railway's "Exchanges" gala in late October 2018 saw the return to work of one of its great stalwarts, Original "Battle of Britain" no. 34072 "257 Squadron". This engine was the second-b...
  • 9F freight - Mid-Hants Autumn Gala ( 21st October 2018) - Duration: 62 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 109 views
    During its "Western Region" themed Autumn Gala the Mid-Hants (or Watercress) Railway put its BR Standard Class 9F to work on both passenger and freight trains. Even the latter were actually passeng...
  • Double Headed Goods - No. 41312 on the Watercress Line (21/10/18) - Duration: 83 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 153 views
    On each of the three days of the Watercress Line/Mid-Hants Railway's Autumn Gala a single goods train working took place, running from Alresford to Alton behind the railway's 9F and then returning ...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 28 July 1968 : Part 1 - Duration: 73 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 125 views
    As June 1968 came to an end, enthusiasts suddenly realised that there was just one complete month and a few days left of "real, working steam" on BR. In those days most of them were young and at wo...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 27 April 1968 : Part 1 - Duration: 84 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 97 views
    As the end of steam dawned various enthusiast societies went into overdrive to organise and promote railtours over the remaining steam routes, most of which were centred on the Manchester area. In ...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 18 May 1968, part 3 - Duration: 77 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 83 views
    Positively the final sequence in our coverage of the 18th May 1968 Warwickshire Railway Society's "North Western Steam Tour" sees BR Standard class 7 Pacific no 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" at Bolton-le...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 18 May 1968, part 2 - Duration: 97 seconds.

    • 4 weeks ago
    • 221 views
    Our coverage of the 18th May 1968 Warwickshire Railway Society's "North Western Steam Tour" sees BR Standard class 7 Pacific no 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" running light into Preston station in order t...
  • GWR Over the Alps! - 21st October 2018 - Duration: 2 minutes, 12 seconds.

    • 4 weeks ago
    • 144 views
    In the rolling Hampshire countryside during the steam era the bark of GWR locomotives was to be heard over that "penetrating line" - the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway - which joined the old...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 18 May 1968, part 1 - Duration: 63 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 97 views
    We continue our reviews of the final days of BR steam in the North west of England in 1968 by returning to the 18th May 1968 Warwickshire Railway Society's "North Western Steam Tour" which was init...
  • The Mixed Traffic Classic - Black 5 No. 44871 (Swanage Railway) - Duration: 86 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 181 views
    The third visiting locomotive for the Swanage Railway's "The Exchanges" gala came to the line on the rails as it was the popular main-line registered Stanier "Black 5" no 44871 which has seen consi...
  • The Last Days of Steam : 20th April 1968 - part 2 - Duration: 70 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 109 views
    Continuing our series looking at the main line railtours in the last few months of "real" BR steam before its sad demise in August 1968, here we see the 20th April 1968 railtour, the 1Z77 "North We...
  • The Last Days of Steam : 20th April 1968 - part 1 - Duration: 69 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 97 views
    We return to April 1968 since there was - surprisingly - only one railtour in June that year which caught the attention of our cameramen. On 20th April, however, there was one which was filmed by t...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 9th June 1968, part 2 - Duration: 67 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 194 views
    Our second and last series of views of BR's "The Midland Line Centenary Railtour" of 9th June 1967 start at Derby Midland station where BR Standard class 7 Pacific no 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" is see...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 9th June 1968, part 1 - Duration: 77 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 137 views
    Our series featuring trains during the very last months of steam on British Railways in the summer of 1968 moves into June of that year, to 9th June to be precise, a Saturday as it is in 2018. On t...
  • Corfe Coupling - Swanage Autumn Gala (12-14th October 2018) - Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 238 views
    The Swanage Railway held a supremely successful Autumn Gala - named "The Exchanges" - over Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October 2018, the star of which was undoubtedly "Duchess of Sutherland", seen a...
  • Cornish Scotsman (11th - 15th October 2018) - Duration: 80 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 190 views
    On alternate days from Thursday 11th October until Monday 15th October 2018 Steam Dreams ran a series of six trains headed by "Flying Scotsman" from Theale to Penzance. Each day the trains were run...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 28th April 1968 : Part 1 - Duration: 83 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 121 views
    We move forward just one day in April 1968 - to Sunday 28th - as we recall the railtours that were promoted in the run-up to the end of BR steam which would take place in following August, just thr...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 28th April 1968 : part 2 - Duration: 76 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 92 views
    The second and final part of our coverage of the G.C. Enterprises railtour run on 28th April 1968 shows what was to be the last-ever British Pacific to haul a train during BR's "Steam Era" (BR Stan...
  • Somerset Freight - No. 6980 "Raveningham Hall" (30th Sep 2018) - Duration: 70 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 88 views
    At its recent Autumn Gala, over the last weekend in September, a steam-hauled freight was run each morning. On Sunday 30th September this was hauled by a "Hall", no 6980 "Raveningham Hall", which w...
  • Double Manors - September 2018 - Duration: 63 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 104 views
    The 20 Collett "Manors" were designed to provide a more powerful replacement for the myriad 4-4-0s and 2-6-0s in use on Great Western secondary lines in the late 1930s. Although not very successful...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 27 April 1968 : part 3 - Duration: 79 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 170 views
    This is the third and final part of our coverage of the second railtour in April 1968 run by the Manchester Rail Travel Society in association with the Severn Valley Railway Society. This is perhap...
  • The Last Days of Steam - 27 April 1968 : part 2 - Duration: 70 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 219 views
    This is the second clip of the second of two trains organised and run by the Manchester Rail Travel Society in association with the Severn Valley Railway Society. They were both titled the "North W...
  • L&B : Lyn and Lyd together! - 29/30th September 2018 - Duration: 86 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 295 views
    One of, if not the, outstanding events of 2018 was the completion of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway's reproduction of the Baldwin-designed 2-4-2 tank which ran on the original railway back at the ...
  • Severn Valley Autumn Gala : No. 6223 - Duration: 102 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 125 views
    The Severn Valley Railway's Autumn Gala is renowned as one of - if not the - outstanding enthusiast events of the year, with important visitors and continuous running over three days, including tra...
  • Swiss Snowdon - Brienz Rothorn No.2 ( September 2018) - Duration: 104 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 144 views
    As we recently reported on our Unseen Steam "Railway News" a Swiss rack-railway mountain-climbing steam locomotive has been running throughout September 2018 on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The lo...
  • The Last Days of Steam -18 May 1968 - Duration: 104 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 202 views
    In the last few months of steam working on British Rail in 1968 there were few everyday passenger services to be enjoyed but this was compensated for by the running of numerous enthusiast specials ...
  • Superpower! Part 1 : Lyn and Taliesin - Duration: 102 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 180 views
    The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's replica of the only Baldwin-built tank engine used on the "old" L&B "Lyn" made its first visit to another railway in mid-September 2018 when it was the star of t...
  • Superpower! Part 2 : Garratt and Taliesin - Duration: 98 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 178 views
    If there ever was an over-powered three-coach train, this was it. During the Welsh Highland Railway's 21st Anniversary "Superpower" weekend of 14th to 16th September 2018 a somewhat odd combination...
  • Swans and Swanage - 13th September 2018 - Duration: 109 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 67 views
    A trio of cygnets ride the waters of the River Test at Totton as a locomotive which has a "Wild Swan" as it sibling, no 60009 "Union of South Africa" ("Wild Swan" was no 60021) passes over the caus...
  • Taking the waters in the High Peak - part 4 - Duration: 78 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 113 views
    In the penultimate part of our April 1967 ride along the Cromford & High Peak Railway we travel in the brake van of a service train that performed the vital task of supplying the remote sidings and...
  • Taking the waters in the High Peak, part 3 - Duration: 98 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 175 views
    The journey across the High Peak on the Cromford & High Peak Railway in April 1967 continues as we round the famous Gotham Curve. Situated a short distance before we reach Friden, this curve was th...
  • Taking the waters in the High Peak - part 2 - Duration: 2 minutes, 8 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 203 views
    Whilst there is a great deal of footage of the Cromford & High Peak Railway in its final days taken from the lineside on special trains there is very little of it showing the line's service trains ...
  • Taking the waters in the High Peak - part 1 - Duration: 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 241 views
    The Cromford & High Peak Railway famously closed for good on 30th April 1967. Nevertheless, it was still in use earlier in the month and the famous water carriers in the form of ex-LNWR steam locom...
  • The Jacobite 1963 - part 6 - Duration: 84 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 102 views
    The final part of our coverage of the “Jacobite” railtour of 1st June 1963 commences as the train runs down to Arisaig station on the West Highland Extension Railway. The train was booked to call a...
  • The Jacobite 1963 - part 5 - Duration: 80 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 88 views
    This part of the 1st June 1963 "Jacobite" tour includes the Jacobite Monument at Glenfinnan. We see it from the train (headed by two North British class J37 goods engines) just after we pass across...
  • Yatton departure - Duration: 2 minutes, 17 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 161 views
  • Glenfinnan crossing - Duration: 95 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 252 views
    One of the highlights of any holiday in the West Highlands for most enthusiasts (and the general public!) is a trip on the West Highland Extension line on "The Jacobite" train. And the highlight of...
  • On Borthwick Bank - August 11th runs - No. 44871 ( 2018 ) - Duration: 92 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 152 views
    As August slips away into an autumnal September we have another look back to the commemorations of the events 50 years ago which have dominated the steam railway scene this year. Here we see the on...
  • The Jacobite 1963 - part 4 - Duration: 99 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 233 views
    The story of the 1963 "Jacobite" railtour continues as we pass along the famed Monessie Gorge and then approach Fort William past the loco sheds where another pair of North British locomotives - th...
  • The Jacobite 1963 - part 3 - Duration: 93 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 150 views
    The third part of our coverage of "The Jacobite" railtour of 1st June 1963 takes place at the top of the line - literally the 'top' as this is the crossing of Rannoch Moor, surely the best-known an...
  • The Forth Crossing - No. 44871 - 12th August 2018 - Duration: 77 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 147 views
    Two further views of 1968 survivor no 44871 in Scotland on 12th August 2018 see the locomotive making its third and fourth crossings over the Forth Bridge that day in increasingly murky weather. Th...
  • The Jacobite 1963 - part 2 - Duration: 97 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 229 views
    Continuing our coverage of "The Jacobite" railtour of 1st June 1963 we climb up from Bridge of Orchy to the loop at Gorton, then still boasting a signal box and full semaphore signalling. Here we p...
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