Tag: Trains

Author Guest Post: Tim Hillier-Graves

Arthur Peppercorn the LNER’s Last Chief Mechanical Engineer Remembered

By chance, during a family visit to Hadley Wood in the early 1960s I was delighted to find the house in which we stayed sat very close to the LNER’s old main line. It was a summer Saturday and express trains flew past at regular intervals. For some reason, one came to a halt within thirty or so yards of where I stood – a Peppercorn A1, No.60149, Amadis, by then a Doncaster engine. The fact that the driver and fireman called a greeting and both waved made me an instant fan of them and their locomotive. From that moment, I longed to travel behind one of these A1s but it wasn’t to be while BR operated steam locomotives. In fact, I had to wait until the reborn A1 Tornado was visiting the West Somerset Railway fifty years later for this particular wish to be granted. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Author Guest Post: Tim Hillier-Graves

Gresley and Thompson – A Controversy Analysed and Untangled

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Author Guest Post: Steve Bartlett

Worcester’s Great Western Diesel Railcars

Working on the Severn Valley

Steve Bartlett

Ex-GWR Diesel Railcars – Worcester

Allocation – April 1960







Many will be familiar with the role ex-GWR diesel railcars played on Severn Valley passenger services. They could be seen daily working from Hartlebury to Bewdley, Bewdley to Tenbury Wells & Woofferton and on the Kidderminster – Bewdley – Shrewsbury line. On the latter most GWR railcar worked services only went as far as Bridgnorth, although at least one went through to Shrewsbury daily; the balance was worked by engine and coaches.

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Author Guest Post: David Mather – The Final Years of London Midland Region Steam

The years leading up to the end of steam on BR in 1968 were a time for many railway enthusiasts to pull out all the stops in a last-ditch attempt to record on camera the ever dwindling stock of steam locos still working on our railways. I was amongst those, lucky in that the north west of England was their final stronghold. My home in Bolton was close to the busy Manchester to Preston line, the route of what became the last ‘named train’ to be steam hauled, ‘The Belfast Boat Express’ to Heysham Harbour. From Preston, travelling the West Coast Main Line between Wigan North Western and Lancaster Castle stations became a regular week-end activity, venturing over Shap to Carlisle when opportunity arose. Most of these journeys were steam hauled, usually by a ‘Black 5’ or one of the last ‘Pacifics’, the Britannias, while shutters were kept clicking as grimy 8Fs and 9Fs hauled their freight through smoke filled stations.

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Meet the author: Malcolm Clegg

Today on the blog we have an exclusive interview with Malcolm Clegg. Here Malcolm tells us more about his upcoming release British Steam Locomotives Before Preservation.

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Guest Post: Britain’s Railway Disasters by Michael Foley

The arrival of the Corona Virus in Britain has led to an unusual reaction to the countries railway system, especially the London Underground. What was once seen as the safest form of transport is now one that the Government is advising us to avoid if at all possible due to the danger that crowded carriages present to the public.

It is hard for the majority of rail users to ever imagine that the railway system was anything other than safe. This is far from being the case. Travelling on the early railway system was so dangerous that it was possible to buy insurance with your ticket. The early trains may have been slow but the drive to increase speed often led to less attention to safety.

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