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Archive for January, 2012

What extinct GWR locos should we recreate?

Soon (ish) we will have a new Grange, a County, a Saint and then we have a set!  There will be an example of every design of GWR 4-6-0 design in existence. I, for one, never saw a Saint on the network, although I do have memories of the odd Grange and County but if […]

South Devon workshop in full swing

A casual visit to the workshops of the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh this week shows what a success story their engineering facility is. Specialising in wheel tyre turning and fitting for locomotives, 10 people are employed full time, and the floor area has wheelsets from a wide variety of locomotives from all over the […]

PFP 5542 to Winchcombe not Minehead for 2012?

The ‘Planet’s Favourite Prairie’, 5542, is not going back to the West Somerset Railway after its bottom end refurbishments this winter. It seems that this is due to there being insufficient work for it at the Somerset line. This will be disappointing for those of its supporters that are based around the WSR but good […]

Phew! The GWSR looks north again

It has been a hellish 2 years for the GWSR.  The Gloucestershire Warwickshire, marketed as ‘The Honeybourne Line’ to draw attention to its long term intention of restoring the link with the Network Rail Cotswold Line at Honeybourne Junction, has been pulled sharply back in its expansionist inclinations with the 2 horrendous land slips at […]

David Shepherd and his beloved ‘giants’ at 80.

It was a real pleasure to meet David Shepherd again at a talk at the Royal West of England Academy. Entitled ‘My Crazy Life with Steam and Elephants’ he told many great stories about his life as an artist.  Clearly a very emotionally connected and passionate guy who, at 80 this year, still ‘loves giants’, […]

Things looking up at GWSR

Folk at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) are starting to smile a bit when you talk about the future.  It’s been a bad couple of years and morale has dipped now and again but all the backs-to-the-wall efforts seem to be paying off. First, the mild Xmas period has meant a much better Santa […]

The Economics of HS? – Just get on with it!!!

All the media are going crazy today with the news that the government has approved HS2.  Pete Waterman seems to be having fun with it all, judging by Twitter. Follow him and Christian Wolmar for the sane comments by people who know about railways and have an understanding of history. Pete is right to say […]

Brunel Train Shed to be electrified?

I was amazed and delighted to read a short little item in The Railway Magazine that the original Brunel GWR station at Bristol Temple Meads might again see trains when the Great Western main line is electrified in 2016/17. I know time moves on and buildings inevitably change their use. In some cases the change […]


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