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Archive for July, 2012

A Tale of Two 28xx’s

On our Facebook page, I have just uploaded some photos that show very graphically the arbitrariness of fate when you are a GWR heavy freight locomotive. If you are 2807, you were built in October 1905, which most likely makes you a Libran, and you are famous for pulling the longest goods train ever recorded. […]

Footplate Blowbacks

Yesterday I experienced my first, albeit very minor, blowback as a trainee fireman.  I was on 2807, steaming well and nearly blowing off on the long downhill section from Gotherington to Cheltenham so I had opened the firehole doors anticipating that the driver was about to shut off.   He did and applied the brake at […]

Fund our Heritage Railway Projects with government cash!

Railway enthusiasts are so used to being starved of good news stories from central government that we tend to just welcome everything that happens on the basis that it is a ‘good thing’ because it takes investment from the roads. My question is: do we always want these big, sexy high profile investments if they […]

Barry – getting to the end?

I paid a visit to Barry at the weekend as part of the group that has almost closed the deal that will bring the last Black 5 there to the GWSR at Toddington for what we hope will be a fairly fast restoration.  Yes, I know it’s not a GWR engine but I can, at […]


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