howard has written 117 posts for Everything GWR

The GWR at the NRM

I had a great day at the NRM, travelling up from Bristol, courtesy of Cross Country Trains. It was a bit of a mini adventure to venture into Midland territory and then up onto the Great Northern after so long in the South West. I must get out of my chocolate and cream comfort zone […]

The Pioneers of the new Railway Age

I bought a copy of ‘Beating Beeching’ at W.H. Smith’s the other day.  If you haven’t see it, it showcases a number of schemes where reinstatement of railway lines closed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s has already been effective either by independent heritage railways or by local partnerships working with local authorities and Network […]

92214 ‘Thunderer’.

I notice that the President of the GCR, Mike Gregory, cannot decide what to call his recently purchased 9F, 92214, which until recently was based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, named ‘Cock of the North’ and lined out in BR black livery.  Not entirely authentic, perhaps, but it worked. However, Swindon minded you are, […]

In the Twinkling of an Eye

It was all over in 35 seconds. A motley group of folk shuffled together on Keynsham station on a dull grey Saturday afternoon. Some had cameras and others didn’t. You might have thought they were waiting for a train to Bristol. But a Sprinter growled past unnoticed and all eyes were on the far distance, […]

Save a GWR station canopy at Gloucester!

It is inevitable as time marches on that the number of traditional steam age GWR artefacts on the ‘big’ railway is going to decline.  There will come a time when there is precious little left out there for heritage railways to salvage and building that authentic heritage look will require everything to be built from […]

5028 Llantilio Castle – an ‘unsung’ Castle

We all know 5029 Nunney Castle, a celebrity engine that we are all looking forward to seeing on the mainline again this year. But how many of us know much about the engine that came before it in the sequence: 5028 Llantilio Castle? Relatively unknown and in the shadow of its surviving sister, 5028 became […]

The Other Way to Plymouth

The pictures of the demolition of the line at Dawlish in the storms is quite a shock, even though we know how vulnerable that line is to the weather. It also shows graphically that with more unpredictable weather likely to become the norm in the years to come as our climate changes, the South West […]

R.I.P. 5227

This blog is a bit of a requiem for a deceased GWR locomotive. The mortal remains of GWR 2-8-0T No 5227 are now at Didcot and it has, to all intents and purposes, gone to the great western workshop in the sky. Its contribution to preservation is, it appears, to make the ultimate sacrifice in […]

EverythingGWR films for 2014

What would you like us to make films of in 2014? Vote for your favourite topics below! We intend to make a minimum of 5 films this year and they will be to a higher standard than before, in full HD. We have put in a few ideas for subject matter – two of them are […]

New GWR Stars for 2014

12 GWR locos should be making an appearance in 2014, if you believe Steam Railway magazine – 3 panniers, 3 prairies, 2 Manors and 2 consecutively numbered Modified Halls in addition to popular saddle tank No 813 and Jeremy Hosking’s 2-8-0T No 4270. What is interesting is that, apart from 4270 and 6989, none of […]


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