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779 Bala 31 May 2012

Bala Lake Railway Hunslet 0-4-0ST 779 Holy War waits at Bala station on 31 May 2012. It will shortly be working the 15:00 service to Llanuwchllyn. The original Great Western Railway footbridge looks slightly out of place, now the track has downsized somewhat! The original station opened in 1934 as Bala (Llyn Tegid).

780 Pentrepiod 30 May 2016

With Bala Lake looking especially blue under a sparkling clear sky, 0-4-0ST 780 Alice approaches Pentrepiod Halt on 30 May 2016 with the 11:00 Llanuwchllyn to Bala service. The Bala Lake Railway was staging their 'Festival of Transport', with various vintage vehicles on display at Llanuwchllyn, along with an enhanced train service. The crossing in the foreground gives access to a lakeside campsite.

780 Llangower 30 May 2016

Hunslet 0-4-0ST 780 Alice approaches the unusual bracket signal at Llangower on 30 May 2016, as it works the 11:40 Bala to Llanuwchllyn service, during the Bala Lake Railway's 'Festival of Transport'. This loco, along with the several others on the line, spent its working life at the Dinorwic slate quarry.

822 Llanuwchllyn 31 May 2012

Surrounded by all the general clutter of a railway workshop, including, surprisingly a small model of itself, 1903 built Hunslet 0-4-0ST 822 Maid Marian reposes in Llanuwchllyn shed at the Bala Lake Railway on 31 May 2012. The loco spent its working life at the nearby Dinorwic slate mine.

22 Llanuwchllyn 31 May 2012

The Bala Lake Railway's interpretation of a Class 52 'Western'! The 1973 built Severn Lamb No.22 Merionnydd is pictured at Llanuwchllyn on 31 May 2012. The loco has previously appeared in liveries that would have been carried by the 'Westerns': maroon with small yellow panel, and BR blue with full yellow ends. However, this all over blue with red buffer beams is certainly different.

780 Dolfawr 30 May 2016

Baguley Drewery 0-4-0 780 Bob Davies passes Dolfawr on 30 May 2016 with the 10:15 Llanuwchllyn to Bala service. The southern section of the Bala Lake Railway has some superb photographic vantage points. This particular spot with the rustic barn, complete with rusty corrugated iron roof repairs is especially attractive. the whole scene is enhanced by some unexpected Bank Holiday Monday sunshine.

780 Pentrepiod 30 May 2016

Baguley Drewery 0-4-0 780 Bob Davies passes the diminutive Pentrepiod Halt on 30 May 2016 with the 10:50 Bala to Llanuwchllyn service. The loco was built in 1983 for the Royal Navy, and was used at Fishguard, before being purchased by Pete Briddon's Yorkshire Engine Company, and then moving to the Bala Lake Railway.

3 Lea Line 2 March 2003

Eighteen inch gauge Hunslet articulated 0-4-4-0DM No.3 Carnegie stands in Alan Keef Ltd's yard at Lea Line (near Ross-on-Wye) on 2 March 2003. It is wearing the livery of the Bicton Woodland Railway, from where it had just been removed. The loco was built in 1954 for the Royal Arsenal Railway at Woolwich.

4473 Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5 September 1999

The Blackpool Pleasure Beach Express Railway's 4-6-4T steam outline diesel loco 4473 Carol Jean starts out on another circuit of the line on 5 September 1999. This and 4-6-2 4472 Mary Louise were the railway's original locomotives, both built in 1933. In the background is the line's other steam outline locomotive, 4-6-2 6200 Princess Royal. Leaning out of the cab is the line's regular driver (since retired), Teddy Askey MBE, whose diminutive stature was ideally suited to the confined space within the 21 inch gauge loco's cabs. The floral display on the left looks conventional, but I'm not sure about the cabbages and onions on the right! I don't normally take pictures of locos with faces on the front, but bearing in mind this line's location, it does seem appropriate!

994 Bressingham 24 September 2000

The driver of Hunslet 0-4-0ST 994 George Sholto does some last minute oiling, prior to working another trip on the 2 ft gauge Nursery Railway at Bressingham on 24 September 2000. The loco was built in 1909 for the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. Bressingham Gardens was established by the late Alan Bloom in 1946, and in addition to standard gauge railway locomotives, includes this 2ft gauge line, two other miniature lines, and numerous other exhibits, including traction engines (one can be seen in the background here).

4 Aylsham 30 May 2014

The Bure Valley Railway's 0-4-0 diesel loco No.4 stands in front of the shed at Aylsham on 30 May 2014, while steam loco No.7 Spitfire simmers away behind. No.4 was built by Hudson Hunslet in 1954, as a two foot gauge locomotive. It is employed on the Bure Valley as the Aylsham pilot and general shunter.

6 Brampton 1 June 1997

Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 No.6 Blickling Hall passes Brampton on 1 June 1997 with the 15:30 Aylsham to Wroxham service. This loco was built in 1994, and is a half size replica of the 2' 6" gauge Indian ZB class. The initial design was not a success, and the loco has been rebuilt since this picture was taken, with various modifications improving its performance enormously.

6 Coltishall 1 June 1997

Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 Winson Engineering built 6 Blickling Hall passes Coltishall on 1 June 1997 with the final train of the day, the 16:35 Wroxham to Aylsham service. This 15" gauge line is laid on the trackbed of the Midland and Great Northern Railway line which closed in the 1950s. This explains the standard gauge overbridge seen in this view. A popular cycle track parallels the line for much of its length, which does tend to limit the number of photographic vantage points.

6 Belaugh Green 12 May 2008

Plenty of signs of spring on the Bure Valley Railway on 12 May 2008, as 2-6-2 Winson Engineering built 6 Blickling Hall approaches Belaugh Green Crossing with the 16:35 Wroxham to Aylsham service. It is obviously a little early in the season for walkers or cyclists to be using the adjacent footpath, as not one person passed while I was waiting for this train.

7 Aylsham 30 May 2014

Complete with inelegant chimney extension, Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 No.7 Spitfire has steam up, as it stands in front of the shed at Aylsham on 30 May 2014 in the company of 0-4-0 diesel No.4. Spitfire was built by Winson Engineering in 1994.

9 Wroxham 30 May 2014

Bure Valley Railway 2-6-4T No.9 Mark Timothy slowly moves onto the turntable at Wroxham on 30 May 2014, after arriving with the 15:30 service from Aylsham. Just visible on the right is the Norwich to Sheringham standard gauge line, now branded as the 'Bittern Line'.

Siân Cleethorpes 27 July 1997

1963 Guest Engineering built 2-4-2 Siân is pictured next to the dunes on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway on 27 July 1997. Siân spent the first twenty years of her life on the Fairbourne Railway, moving to pastures new when that line took the dramatic step of regauging from 15" to 12¼". The loco has also spent time on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

24 Fairbourne 27 July 1997

Fairbourne Railway built 2-6-2 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes No.24 waits next to the dunes on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway on 27 July 1997. The Spurn Head lighthouse can just be seen in the distance on the horizon above the loco's chimney, on the other side of the mouth of the River Humber.

Mountaineer Cleethorpes Lakeside 19 April 2014

The driver of Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway 0-4-0 Mountaineer seems happy enough, as the 13:35 Kingsway to Humberston North Sea Lane service leaves Cleethorpes Lakeside station on 19 April 2014. The loco was built by Wilhelm Van den Heiden in 1972.

4 Cleethorpes Lakeside 19 April 2014

Former Sutton Miniature Railway railcar No.4 is pictured in the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway museum at Cleethorpes Lakeside station on 19 April 2014. While a lot of miniature railway diesel locos and railcars only have a passing resemblance to their main line equivalents, this is a fairly passable representation of a streamlined GWR diesel railcar.

6284 Cleethorpes Lakeside 19 April 2014

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway 2-8-0 6284 arrives at Cleethorpes Lakeside station on 19 April 2014 with the 15:15 Kingsway to Humberston North Sea Lane service. The loco is based on the Robinson designed heavy freight loco, originally introduced by the Great Central Railway in 1911. This particular loco is slightly more modern, having been built in 2009!

3 Maespoeth 3 June 2012

0-4-2ST 3 Sir Haydn back home on the Corris Railway on 3 June 2012. Although unable to run as its boiler certificate has expired, the former Corris Railway locomotive is a star attraction on the line, which it left in 1951 for a second life on the Talyllyn Railway. Although in need of much work, the Talyllyn obviously got a bargain, as it only cost them £25! That was cheap even in the 1950s. It is pictured standing beside the reconstructed Maespoeth Junction signal box.

6 Corris 3 June 2012

Corris Railway Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 No.6 propels its train into Corris station on 3 June 2012. Holy Trinity church can be seen in the background, the railway following the eastern edge of the graveyard as it enters the station from the Maespoeth direction. This 1966 built locomotive was originally 2' 6" gauge, and was regauged on arrival at Corris to 2' 3".

6 Maespoeth 29 May 2016

Conversation piece at Maespoeth on 29 May 2016, during the Corris Railway's Gala Day. The crew of Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 No.6 discuss some operational point with the signalman, before working the late running 14:08 Maespoeth to Corris, conveying the two wagons that had previously worked down on the gravity train, plus a brake van.

7 & 3 Maespoeth 3 June 2012

Corris Railway 0-4-2ST No.7 waits in the rain at Maespoeth to form the next train back to Corris on 3 June 2012. Directly behind it is one of the line's original locomotives - No. 3 Sir Haydn, which is on loan from the Talyllyn Railway, its adopted home since the 1950s.

7 Corris 29 May 2016

Winson Engineering built 0-4-2ST No.7 arrives at Corris on 29 May 2016 with the 13:40 Maespoeth to Corris service, during the Corris Railway's Gala Day. As can be seen, much use is made of the local slate for lineside walls.

25721 Corris 29 May 2016

In 2015 the Corris Railway acquired this Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic locomotive from Mauterndorf in Austria. 25721 was built in 1957 for a construction company in Vienna. A slight change of gauge (from 760 mm to 687 mm) was required before it could be used in Wales. It is pictured here at Corris on 29 May 2016.

9 Maespoeth 29 May 2016

The Corris Railway's diminutive Clayton 0-4-0 battery electric locomotive No.9 Aberllefenni is pictured inside the carriage shed at Maespoeth on 29 May 2016. The loco was built by Clayton in 1974 for the Aberllefenni Slate Quarry.

Corris Gravity Train 29 May 2016

One of the highlights of the Corris Railway's Gala on 29 May 2016 was the working of the gravity train. Here, the first of the two departures (13:25) is pushed out of Corris station. In the background is the line's recently acquired Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic locomotive 25721.

Corris Gravity Train 29 May 2016

The Corris Railway's 13:25 gravity train finally begins to roll after being pushed out of Corris station on 29 May 2016, during the line's Gala Day.  At present the line runs for approximately one mile down the Afon Dulas Valley from Corris to Maespoeth.

Maespoeth Gravity Train 29 May 2016

The 15:50 Corris to Maespoeth gravity train approaches its destination on 29 May 2016, during the Corris Railway's Gala Day. Note the brakesman controlling the descent. The very photogenic location and some unexpected, and very untypical, warm sunny bank holiday weather makes for an interesting picture.

3 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

The Evesham Vale Light Railway's 1970 built Severn Lamb 0-6-2 3 Dougal runs through the orchard (note the fallen apples on the grass and ballast), just after starting out from the line's headquarters (Twyford station) with the first train of the day, the 10:30 departure, on 2 October 2016. In the background, one of the line's diesel locos, 452280 Cromwell can be seen.

3 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

Severn Lamb 0-6-2 3 Dougal rounds the balloon loop at the southern end of the Evesham Vale Light Railway on 2 October 2016, with the 11:00 departure from Twyford station. This was the second train of the day. After a sunny start, there were now some large clouds building up, as can be seen in the background.

300 Evesham Vale 1 April 2017

The Evesham Vale Light Railway's 0-4-2T 300 Monty heads back towards Twyford station with the 14:00 service on 1 April 2017. Just behind the train is the point where the balloon loop starts. This view is looking south east, with the Vale of Evesham in the background, and the Cotswold Hills in the far distance.

300 Evesham Vale 1 April 2017

The Evesham Vale Light Railway's 0-4-2T 300 Monty gets under way with the 14:30 departure on 1 April 2017, unfortunately just as the sun started to disappear. However, as can be seen from the clouds in the background, it would later get an awful lot darker! Monty was built by the Exmoor Steam Railway in 1996.

JGF4 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

It seems to be something of a tradition that the smallest diesel locos on many narrow gauge and miniature railways have less than flattering names. The Evesham Vale Light Railway's contribution to this genre is 1955 built Lister 4wDM JGF4 Sludge. It is seen here basking in the autumnal sunshine on 2 October 2016.

452280 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

1984 built Ruston & Hornsby 4wDH 452280 Cromwell stands in the sunshine at the Evesham Vale Light Railway on 2 October 2016. The railway's two road engine shed can be seen in the background. The loco had previously been resident at Littlecote House, and Markeaton Park. It was regauged and converted to hydraulic transmission by Alan Keef.

10 The Cob 2 June 2012

In typically gloomy Welsh weather, Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-4-0T 10 Merddin Emrys crosses the Cob with the 13:35 Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog service on 2 June 2012. This mile long embankment predates the railway, being built in 1811 for land reclamation purposes.

12 Blaenau Ffestiniog 4 June 2005

Ffestiniog Railway Fairlie 12 David Lloyd George leaves Blaenau Ffestiniog with the 11:45 train to Porthmadog on 4 June 2005. It had just about stopped raining, but the clouds are still enveloping the mountains in the background. Note the standard gauge line to Llandudno Junction in the foreground. David Lloyd George was built at the railway's Boston Lodge works in 1992, and is the most powerful double Fairlie locomotive in the world.

12 Porthmadog 20 October 2014

Ffestiniog Railway Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 12 David Lloyd George stands in the pouring rain at Porthmadog station on 20 October 2014, prior to working the 10:10 service to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Despite getting the camera soaked during the brief time that it took to take this picture, the result is worth it, as it just typifies Welsh weather!

12 Blaenau Ffestiniog 20 October 2014

Ffestiniog Railway Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 12 David Lloyd George stands at Blaenau Ffestiniog station on 20 October 2014, after having just arrived with the 10:10 service from Porthmadog. Even if the location wasn't already easily identifiable, the sign leaves little doubt!

12 Porthmadog 21 October 2014

Ffestiniog Railway Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 12 David Lloyd George arrives at Porthmadog station on 12 October 2014, after having just crossed the Cob from Boston Lodge. It would shortly be working the 10:10 service to Blaenau Ffestiniog. I particularly like the way the exhaust stands out against the dark clouds, and the backlighting of the red semaphore signal spectacles.

Criccieth Castle The Cob 2 June 2012

Two modes of transport travel along the Cob at Porthmadog on 2 June 2012. The Ffestiniog Railway's 0-6-0 diesel locomotive Criccieth Castle draws the 12:55 train from Caernarfon into Porthmadog station, whilst motorists travel at roughly the same sedate speed as they arrive at the town. The Welsh Highland Railway's Garratt locomotive No. 87 is on the rear of the train, which must perform this reversal in order to enter the station. The single Valerian plant growing from the wall in the foreground adds some colour to the scene.

Harlech Castle Minffordd 19 October 2014

Ffestiniog Railway 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic loco Harlech Castle pulls away from a brief stop at Minffordd station on 19 October 2014, with an engineering train heading for the nearby Minffordd Yard. Harlech Castle was built by Baguley-Drewry Ltd in 1983. It had originally been destined for use in Mozambique. As delivered it fouled the Ffestiniog loading gauge, and was only able to be used in Minffordd Yard. After being fitted with a reduced height cab, it was able to be used all along the line, as a civil engineer's loco.

Vale of Ffestiniog Blaenau Ffestiog 7 August 2002

Under a typically grey North Wales sky, Funkey B-B diesel hydraulic Vale of Ffestiniog stands at Blaenau Ffestiniog on 7 August 2002 waiting to depart for Porthmadog, although there is a distinct lack of passengers! Although since repainted green, it is seen here in the National Power livery, as worn by the standard gauge Class 59/2s. This also explains the Vale of Ffestiniog name, which ties in with the names of its larger cousins.

Vale of Ffestiniog Porthmadog 21 October 2014

Ffestiniog Railway diesel hydraulic Vale of Ffestiniog stands at Porthmadog station on 21 October 2014, after having just propelled a rake of coaching stock into the new Welsh Highland Railway platform, in readiness for the 10:45 departure to Caernarfon. It was a generally cloudy morning, but a small hole appeared in the blanket of dark clouds after the loco and stock had left the sidings visible on the left of the picture. I hoped that the sun would stay out long enough for a decent picture once the train had backed into the platform. Luckily the train backed in without delay, and I had a few seconds worth of stunning light before the clouds blotted out the sun again.

6 Port Erin Museum 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.6 Peveril, pictured inside the Port Erin Museum on 9 May 2017. She was built in 1875 by Beyer Peacock & Co, and worked on the line until 1960. There is still a possibility that one day it will be restored to working order, despite being out of use for over half a century.

8 Port Soderick 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.8 Fenella arrives at Port Soderick station on 12 May 2017 with the 11:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. The train stopped briefly, but no passengers either joined or alighted. In fact apart from us two photographers, there seemed to be nobody in the vicinity at all. Fenella is now the only working loco of the original smaller engines.

12 Douglas 8 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson, pictured at Douglas station on 8 May 2017, after arriving with the 14:00 service from Port Erin. The loco was built by Beyer, Peacock & Co, and was delivered to the island in 1908.

12 Santon 8 May 2017

Late spring on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, and the fresh green foliage contrasts nicely with the loco's 'Indian Red' livery, as well as the red and cream of the coaches. 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson whistles as it approaches Santon on 8 May 2017 with the 15:50 Douglas to Port Erin service.

12 Ballabeg 8 May 2017

Ballabeg is one of the Isle of Man Steam Railway's smaller stations, and is little used. Being a request stop, trains often pass straight through, as is the case here, as Beyer, Peacock & Co. 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson steams through on 8 May 2017 with the 15:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. This station building is not the original, but was formerly a permanent way hut, with a canopy added in 1982. The station is in open countryside, some distance from the village of Ballabeg, on the A28 towards Castletown.

12 Castletown 9 May 2017

A pair of Isle of Man Steam Railway trains cross at Castletown on 9 May 2017. 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson arrives with the 11:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. The picture is taken from the 12:00 Port Erin to Douglas service, led by No.13 Kissack.

12 Hutchinson 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson waits at Castletown station on 12 May 2017 with the 10:00 Port Erin to Douglas. Already 15 minutes late, it would have to wait for a further seven minutes, as the 09:50 train from Douglas, hauled by No.13 Kissack, with which it was due to cross, was now running 22 minutes behind time.

13 Port Erin 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack stands next to the water tank at Port Erin, after arriving with the 09:50 service from Douglas on 9 May 2017. Kissack was the island's penultimate steam loco, arriving in 1910.

13 Douglas 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack stands at Douglas station on 9 May 2017, having just backed onto the stock that will form the 13:50 service to Port Erin. The dark Brunswick green livery is non-standard on the island.

13 Douglas 11 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack stands at Douglas station on 11 May 2017, prior to working the unadvertised additional 19:00 'Pie and Mash' dining special to Port Erin. The weak low evening sunshine certainly highlights the red brickwork of the station building in the background.

13 Ballaquiggin 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack passes Ballaquiggin (between Port Soderick and Santon) with the 09:50 Douglas to Port Erin service on 12 May 2017. Presumably it would have taken less time to raise steam on this occasion, as the loco was used the previous evening for a 'Pie and Mash' special, arriving back at Douglas after 22:40.

13 Castletown 12 May 2017

Running over 20 minutes late, the Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack arrives at Castletown station on 12 May 2017 with the 09:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. The track in the foreground formerly served the station's goods shed.

16 Port Erin Museum 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's newest steam locomotive, 2-4-0T No.16 Mannin, pictured inside the Port Erin Museum on 9 May 2017. The loco was built in 1926, and was a more powerful version of the line's other 2-4-0s. She was withdrawn in 1964.

18 Douglas 9 May 2017

Isle of Man Steam Railway 0-4-0 diesel locomotive No.18 Ailsa stands at the head of a rake of coaching stock in Douglas station on the morning of 9 May 2017. Ailsa was built by the Hunslet Engine Co. in 1994 for use during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. However, it wasn't used, and instead was regauged, and used on the Jubilee Line extension of the London Underground. It then reverted to its original gauge and moved to the Isle of Man. The original intended use of the loco is reflected in its reduced height, which slightly restricts the driver's view. This explains the addition of cameras on arms attached to the corners of the loco.

Badger Skelmanthorpe 21 September 1997

The fifteen inch gauge Kirklees Light Railway runs along the course of the Clayton West Branch, which was closed by British Rail in 1983. On 21 September 1997, 0-6-4ST Badger departs from Skelmanthorpe station with the 15:00 Clayton West to Shelley service. Badger was built especially for the line in 1991.

1 Gilfach Ddu 6 August 2002

Hunslet 0-4-0ST 1 Elidir gets a drink at Gilfach Ddu station on the Llanberis Lake Railway prior to working its next train to Penllyn on 6 August 2002. Built in 1899 for the Dinorwic Quarry line, this little locomotive was originally named Red Damsel. When this picture was taken all passenger services started from Gilfach Ddu, however the following year an extension was opened to Llanberis with a new station not far from the Snowdon Mountain Railway's terminus.

2 Gilfach Ddu 6 August 2002

On 6 August 2002, Hunslet 0-4-0ST 2 Thomas Bach simmers gently in front of the 1870 built former quarry workshops at Gilfach Ddu station, on the Llanberis Lake Railway. This large range of buildings are now used to house the National Slate Museum. Thomas Bach was originally named Wild Aster when delivered to the Dinorwic Quarries in 1904.

Lydia Perrygrove 16 July 2017

A cheery wave from the driver of Alan Keef 2-6-2T Lydia, as it emerges from the trees, and passes underneath the footbridge on the Perrygrove Railway on 16 July 2017. It is working the 13:50 Perrygrove to Oakiron service, on the line's ¾ mile route, which includes several sharp curves, and gradients as steep as 1 in 29. Although this picture looks like it was taken with flash, that is purely the effect of the train coming into the relatively bright surroundings, from the really dark wood on the other side of the bridge.

Lydia Perrygrove 16 July 2017

Plenty of well tended hanging baskets, but not a single passenger in sight! Alan Keef 2-6-2T Lydia enters Rookwood station on 16 July 2017 with the 15:10 Perrygrove to Oakiron service. The Perrygrove Railway opened in 1996, running through farmland and woods in a delightful setting on the edge of the Forest of Dean, near Coleford. The fifteen inch gauge line runs from Perrygrove Farm, through Rookwood and Heywood stations, to Oakiron station, so named as it is the site of a former iron ore mine shaft. Lydia was built specifically for the railway in 2008.

5 Dungeness 25 July 1998

1927 built Davey Paxman & Co 4-8-2 No.5 Hercules stands at the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway's Dungeness station on 25 July 1998, with the distinctive 1961 built lighthouse in the background. Designed by Henry Greenly, Hercules was one of two locomotives with this unusual (for Britain) wheel arrangement ordered for the line, the other being No.6 Samson. Hercules was heavily modified during the Second World War for use on the line's armoured train, but luckily did not get attacked by the Luftwaffe! Incidentally, despite appearances I don't think the man on the right is the former pop impresario Jonathan King!

7 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.7 Typhoon prepares to leave New Romney station on 3 June 2013 with the first train of the day, the 09:35 to Hythe. Unfortunately this locomotive was to suffer a failure later in the day, causing it to be removed from service.

7 New Romney 3 June 2013

Running at little more than walking speed, an ailing No.7 Typhoon limps into New Romney station, on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, on 3 June 2013 with the late running 14:30 Hythe to Dungeness service. It would be removed from the train and replaced by 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill, which itself had been removed from the 14:30 Dungeness to Hythe train, which can be seen waiting to depart on the left. One of the line's diesel locomotives, No.12 John Southland had been commandeered from the weedkilling train to work this train. It's smiling driver has just acquired the token from the driver of Typhoon. Various members of the loco depot staff could be seen staring at Typhoon's motion as it pulled slowly into the station.

9 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill brings the empty stock of the 10:00 departure for Dungeness into New Romney station on 3 June 2013, passing one of the line's diesel locos, No.12 John Southland, which is parked in the siding with the weedkilling train.

9 Hythe 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill is turned on the turntable at Hythe on 3 June 2013, after arriving with the 11:00 train from Dungeness. After taking water, it would return with the 12:30 service to Dungeness.

9 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill takes water at New Romney on 3 June 2013, whilst working the 12:30 Hythe to Dungeness service. Note the very unusual lagging on the water column!

9 Dungeness 3 June 2013

Yorkshire Engine Company 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill waits at Dungeness station on 3 June 2013, at the southern extremity of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway. It had just arrived with the 12:30 train from Hythe, and would soon be leaving with the 14:30 return service.

12 New Romney 3 June 2013

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has two mainline diesel locomotives, in addition to a number of small shunters. The 1983 TMA Engineering built Bo-Bo No.12 John Southland is pictured at New Romney on 3 June 2013, with the open cab door giving a good view of the interior. The loco is powered by a six cylinder Perkins diesel engine, developing 112hp.

12 Hythe 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Bo-Bo diesel locomotive No.12 John Southland stands in Hythe station on 3 June 2013, having just brought the weedkilling train (spray equipment and tank on an adapted open wagon!) in from New Romney.

12 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Bo-Bo diesel loco No.12 John Southland leaves New Romney station on 3 June 2013 with the late running 16:00 Hythe to Romney Sands service. The delay was caused by the earlier partial failure of No.7 Typhoon. However, some spirited running had seen the northbound train's 20 minutes late departure, reduced to just 7 minutes on the return.

PW1 New Romney 3 June 2013

1938 Simplex diesel mechanical 0-4-0 PW1 is the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway's oldest non steam locomotive. It is used for shunting at New Romney, and is pictured there during a break in its morning's work on 3 June 2013. In addition to this vintage loco, the RH&DR also has two other petrol shunters.

1932 Scalby Mills 28 June 2008

On 28 June 2008, Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton is turned on the turntable at Scalby Mills, on Scarborough's North Bay Railway. It had just arrived with the 13:00 train from Peasholm Park (with me on it!), and would soon be leaving with the returning 13:15 departure. Apart from the lack of exhaust and escaping steam, this loco hides its diesel engine very well, the most obvious clue being the filler on the smokebox, just behind the chimney.

1932 Beach 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton leaves the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 13:45 Scalby Mills to Peasholm Park service on 28 June 2008. It has just crossed sister loco 1933 Poseidon working the 13:45 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills train. Beach station has a strange history, having been built in 1931 along with the rest of the line, it was not used by passengers until the 1980s, when during the construction of the Sea Life Centre (the white buildings in the background) it became a temporary terminus. However, it has now been closed again, and is used purely as a passing point when the fifteen minute interval service is in operation.

1932 Northstead Manor Lake 28 June 2008

Steam outline, Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 diesel 1932 Triton runs through the trees alongside Northstead Manor Lake on the Scarborough North Bay Railway with the 15:00 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008.

1932 Beach 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton emerges from the trees and approaches the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 15:30 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008. The loop here extends a considerable distance towards Peasholm Park, Beach station being a little way around the corner. Note the dog leg trackwork!

1932 Beach 28 June 2008

In a brief burst of sunshine before the dark clouds blotted out the sun once again, Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton leaves the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 16:30 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008. It has just crossed sister loco 1933 Poseidon working the 16:30 Scalby Mills to Peasholm Park train, which can be seen departing under the footbridge. Beach station has only been used by passengers for a short period during the 1980s when it became the line's temporary northern terminus during construction of the Sea Life Centre. Note the chair lift striding over the hill.

1933 Beach 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1933 Poseidon arrives at the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 13:30 Scalby Mills to Peasholm Park service on 28 June 2008. Scalby Mills signal box can be seen behind the train in the background, while the modern white buildings in the background belongs to the popular Sea Life Centre. The train is just entering the passing loop, where trains cross if traffic levels dictate that the fifteen minute two train service is in operation.

1933 Northstead Manor Lake 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1933 Poseidon is reflected in Northstead Manor Lake at Scarborough on the North Bay Miniature Railway, whilst working the 15:15 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008. Northstead Manor Gardens are a shadow of their former self, with the derelict open air theatre not having been used since 1987. Even this section of the lake has been fenced off and the few remaining hire boats now only operate on the southern section.

Bonnie Dundee Dalegarth 8 February 1997

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 0-4-2 Bonnie Dundee on the turntable at Dalegarth on 8 February 1997. Bonnie Dundee has an interesting history, being built as a 0-4-0WT by Kerr, Stuart & Co in 1901, rebuilt as a 0-4-2T and re-gauged in 1981, and then finally converted into a 0-4-2 tender loco in 1996. A fleeting patch of winter sunshine came just at the right moment for this picture.

River Mite Dalegarth 8 February 1997

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 2-8-2 River Mite stands on the turntable at Dalegarth on 8 February 1997, with the houses of Boot and the cloud shrouded Fells in the background. River Mite was built Clarkson's of York in 1966, and gained some notoriety when it was hauled from York to the railway by traction engine! The red livery is based on that of the Furness Railway.

Lady Wakefield Dalegarth 8 February 1997

A brief patch of winter sunshine shows off the red livery of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's diesel loco Lady Wakefield at Dalegarth on 8 February 1997. The loco was built by the railway in 1980 and named after the wife of the then chairman of the railway. It is powered by a Perkins diesel engine. The loco has subsequently be painted DRS blue to match the mainline diesel locos it almost meets at Ravenglass!

12 Snowdon 6 August 2002

Snowdon Mountain Railway 0-4-0 diesel locomotive 12 George pushes its single coach up the mountain on 6 August 2002. Built by the Hunslet Engine Co, Leeds in 1992, this is the last of a batch of four similar locos that were added to the resident steam fleet from 1986 onwards. It is powered by a 12 litre 320 Horsepower (238 kW) six cylinder turbocharged Rolls Royce engine.

Princess Anne Lea Line 20 September 2003

A different kind of 'Western'! The Southport Lakeside Miniature Railway's fifteen inch gauge diesel hydraulic Princess Anne stands amid the general clutter of Alan Keef Ltd's yard at Lea Line (near Ross-on-Wye) on 20 September 2003. This strikingly liveried, and reasonably convincing replica of the Western Region's Class 52 was built by Severn Lamb in 1971.

5129 Swinefleet 1 September 2002

Schöma 0-4-0 86hp 5129 and its slave unit stand amid the weeds near Red House Farm, Swinefleet on 1 September 2002, shortly after the 3 ft gauge peat railway ceased operations. This view is looking towards Goole, and Drax Power Station can clearly be seen on the horizon. This loco was one of a pair that were used on the line its later years, and they were considerably more powerful than anything used previously. The lines stretched for miles onto Goole and Swinefleet Moors, with both permanent and semi-permanent sections of track laid to reach the various peat cutting areas. The site, which had been operated by Fisons, Levingtons, and finally Scotts, has now been taken over by English Nature.

5129 Swinefleet 1 September 2002

Schöma 0-4-0 5129 is pictured in its final resting place on the Swinefleet Peat Railway, next to the access road to Red House Farm on 1 September 2002. Judging by the encroaching vegetation, it clearly hadn't moved for a while.

5129 Swinefleet 1 September 2002

When the 3ft gauge Swinefleet Peat Railway ceased operations in July 2000, the line's Schöma 0-4-0 diesel locomotive 5129, and a line wagons were left abandoned either side of the concrete access road to Red House Farm. This slightly unusual viewpoint taken on 1 September 2002 shows the wagons, with 5129 visible at the far end of the rake. The road to the farm crosses the stubble fields on the right, and accesses the farm via a bridge over the Swinefleet Warping Drain, a ditch which can be seen paralleling the line on the left.

5129 Hardingham 29 May 2014

Schöma 0-4-0 5129 stands forlornly amidst other assorted narrow gauge equipment in the privately owned station yard at Hardingham, next to the Mid Norfolk Railway. This 1990 built locomotive was formerly used at the Swinefleet and Hatfield Moors peat railways, which closed in 2000 and 2006 respectively. A nice reuse of a Thomas the Tank Engine banner! The picture was taken from the 13:45 Wymondham Abbey to Dereham DMU on 29 May 2014.

5220 Hardingham 29 May 2014

Formerly of the Swinefleet and Hatfield Moors peat railways, Schöma 0-4-0 5220 stands amongst the weeds in the yard of Hardingham station next to the Mid Norfolk Railway on 29 May 2014. Photo taken from the passing 13:45 Wymondham Abbey to Dereham DMU. Whilst in use at Hatfield the loco was named The Thomas Buck. The mark left by the removal of the nameplate can just be seen above the radiator. The name seems to have been transferred to sister loco 5130, which has been preserved as a static exhibit at the Hatfield Moors works.

40s302 Bank Top 1 September 2002

Motor Rail 0-4-0 40hp 40s302 stands abandoned in the grass at Bank Top, on the Swinefleet Peat Railway on 1 September 2002. Surrounded by more discarded equipment, and on the opposite of the rough track to the surviving railway line, this loco has obviously seen better days! The 3 ft gauge line had just recently closed, although this particular loco had been out of use since 1996. Like most of the locos used on the line it had been modified throughout its life, the cab in particular been altered.

1 Abergynolwyn 3 June 2012

Fletcher Jennings & Co 0-4-2ST 1 Talyllyn arrives at a rain soaked Abergynolwyn station on 3 June 2012 with the 10:30 service from Tywyn Wharf to Nant Gwernol. This was the Talyllyn Railway's first locomotive, which was originally constructed as a 0-4-0ST. Poor stability soon led to the addition of trailing wheels. A cab was also added (very necessary in weather like this!).

4 Quarry Siding 20 May 2006

Talyllyn reflection. Former Corris Railway 1921 built Kerr Stuart & Co. 0-4-2ST No.4 Edward Thomas is reflected in the windows of my train (hauled by No. 2 Dolgoch), as the two trains cross at Quarry Sidings on 20 May 2006. Edward Thomas is working the 15:00 Tywyn Wharf to Nant Gwernol, whilst I am on board the 15:00 Nant Gwernol to Tywyn Wharf service.

2 Tywyn Wharf 20 May 2006

Token exchange at Tywyn Wharf, on the Talylln Railway. Fletcher Jennings & Co 0-4-0WT 2 Dolgoch arrives with the 11:35 service from Nant Gwernol on 20 May 2006. This is one of the line's two original locomotives, and the only one that was operational when the preservation society took over in 1951.

2 Nant Gwernol 20 May 2006

After having arrived at Nant Gwernol with the 13:55 train from Tywyn Wharf, 0-4-0WT 2 Dolgoch runs round its train on 20 May 2006, before heading back down the valley with the 15:00 departure. This is the eastern extremity of the Talyllyn Railway. It opened to passengers in 1976, having only been served by slate trains in pre-preservation days.

5 Abergynolwyn 3 June 2012

Talyllyn Railway Ruston 0-4-0 diesel No.5 (formerly named Midlander) waits in the rain at Abergynolwyn station on 3 June 2012. It had just brought a party of young volunteers up from Tywyn, and is now waiting to return to Pendre. Built in 1941, this locomotive was acquired by the railway in 1957 and proved itself to be extremely useful in the early preservation era.

Justine Toddington 25 April 2011

0-4-0WT Justine rests inside the shed of the two foot gauge Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway on 25 April 2011. She was built by Arnold Jung of Germany in 1906 and used in a wide range of industrial applications on the continent, before coming to England in 1975. Behind her is 1953 built Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel mechanical shunter 354028, with the partially dismantled 1936 built 181820 (also by Ruston & Hornsby) at the rear of the shed.

2 Wells-on-Sea 31 May 2014

If you think a Class 66 is a 'Shed', then what about this! The Wells and Walsingham Railway's diesel loco No.2 Weasel waits at Wells-on-Sea station on 31 May 2014, prior to working the 12:00 service to Walsingham. Weasel is a 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic built by Alan Keef in 1985. It is powered by a 2 litre Perkins engine.

6 Wells-on-Sea 31 May 2014

The Wells and Walsingham Railway's 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 Garratt locomotive No.6 Norfolk Heroine is pictured inside the shed at Wells-on-Sea on 31 May 2014, while outside one of the line's diesel locos, No.2 Weasel can be seen preparing to work the 10:30 service to Walsingham. Norfolk Heroine is named after the First World War nurse Edith Cavell, who was shot by the Germans in 1915. Built as recently as 2010, the loco is one of two of these unusual and powerful articulated locomotives at work on this 10¼in gauge line.

Howard Wells Harbour 31 May 2014

With a background of typical Norfolk pantiled cottages, 0-6-0 steam outline diesel loco Howard waits at Wells Harbour station on 31 May 2014, prior to taking another load of holidaymakers along the mile long Wells Harbour Railway to Pinewoods. Howard was built in 2005 by Alan Keef.

Howard Wells Harbour 31 May 2014

The 10¼in gauge Wells Harbour Railway runs for approximately a mile alongside Beach Road, from Wells-on-Sea to the holiday camp and lifeboat station on the North Sea coast, which due to centuries of silting up, is now a considerable distance from the town. The line's 0-6-0 steam outline diesel loco Howard is pictured setting off from Wells Harbour station on 31 May 2014 with another trip to Pinewoods.

2 Caernarfon 7 August 2002

The world's oldest regularly worked steam locomotive, the Ffestiniog Railway's 1864 built 0-4-0ST 2 Prince waits to leave Caernarfon station on the Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) with the 17:00 service to Waunfawr on 7 August 2002. The thirteenth century Caernarfon Castle can be seen in the background.

87 Porthmadog 2 June 2012

Welsh Highland Railway ex South African Garratt No. 87 weaves across Porthmadog High Street, as it arrives at the Ffestiniog Railway's station with the 12:55 service from Caernarfon on 2 June 2012. As well as the impressive scenery further up the line, this long level crossing with the track actually running along the road for a short distance is one of the highlights of the line.

87 Beddgelert 21 October 2014

Welsh Highland Railway Garratt 87 pulls into Beddgelert station on 21 October 2014 with the 10:00 Caernarfon to Porthmadog service. Viewed from the 10:45 Porthmadog to Caernarfon train. Despite the fact that the station would presumably increase tourism, there was much local opposition to the reopening of Beddgelert station.

133 Dinas 7 August 2002

The rusting hulk of former South African Narrow Gauge Railways NG15 Class 2-8-2 133 awaits restoration at Dinas on 7 August 2002. The Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) acquired this 1953 Belgium built loco in 1998. Note the fully loaded ballast wagons in the background for use on the extension to Rhyd Ddu.

143 Caernarfon 7 August 2002

If you want to see Beyer-Garratts in the UK go to North Wales. The Welsh Highland Railway has a selection of these impressive beasts. On 7 August 2002 Beyer Peacock's final steam locomotive - the 1968 built NGG16 Class 2-6-2+2-6-2 143 takes water at Caernarfon.

143 Rhyd Ddu 1 June 2012

A pair of ex South African Railways Garratts crossing on the Welsh Highland Railway on 1 June 2012. Beyer Peacock 143 arrives at Rhyd Ddu with the 11:15 Caernarfon to Porthmadog service. The picture is taken from onboard the 11:00 Porthmadog to Caernarfon, headed by Cockerill built No. 87, which can just be seen taking water.

143 Caernarfon 21 October 2014

Welsh Highland Railway NGG16 Class 2-6-2+2-6-2 143 takes water at Caernarfon during a torrential downpour on 21 October 2014. This unusual viewpoint, looking down from a footpath that runs above the line, is in marked contrast to the same loco (in a different livery), at the same spot twelve years earlier.

143 & 12 Porthmadog 21 October 2014

A narrow gauge motive power contrast at Porthmadog on 21 October 2014. On the right, Beyer Garrett NGG16 Class 2-6-2+2-6-2 143 has just arrived with the 14:15 Welsh Highland Railway service from Caernarfon, while on the left Ffestiniog Railway Fairlie 0-4-4-0T 12 David Lloyd George has just moved forward in readiness to shunt the empty stock off the 15:05 train from Blaenau Ffestiniog. This picture gives a good view of the new £1m platform, which allows both Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland trains to occupy the station at the same time.

Upnor Castle Dinas 7 August 2002

1954 built Hibberd 0-4-0 diesel loco Upnor Castle is pictured at Dinas on the Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) on 7 August 2002. The loco had previously spent nearly two decades on the nearby Ffestiniog Railway. This side view clearly shows the chain drive and the large sand boxes.

Castell Caernarfon Caernarfon 7 August 2002

1967 built Funkey (the manufacturer not my adjective!) B-B diesel locomotive Castell Caernarfon ambles past the water tower at Caernarfon station on the Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) on 7 August 2002. The loco, which originally worked on the Port Elizabeth line in South Africa, is one of the most powerful narrow gauge diesels in the UK by virtue of its 335hp turbocharged Cummins engine. The yellow stripes had only just been added when this picture was taken.

1 Llanfair Caereinion 4 August 2002

The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway's 1946 built Andrew Barclay 0-4-0T 1 Dougal is certainly an unusual locomotive. Especially built to negotiate the restricted height tunnels in the Glasgow City Gas Department's Provan Gas Works, this diminutive locomotive is dwarfed even by other narrow gauge stock. Note also the short wheelbase (to traverse tight radius curves) and consequent lengthy front and rear overhang. It is pictured here at Llanfair Caereinion on 4 August 2002.

822 Welshpool 4 August 2002

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway 0-6-0T 822 The Earl has its water tanks topped up at Welshpool on 4 August 2002. Built by Beyer Peacock in 1903, 822 is one of the line's original two locomotives, the other being 823 Countess. Note the large cast number plate, dating from its days as part of the Great Western Railway fleet.

2 Dolarddyn 2 August 1987

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway 0-6-0T 2 The Countess passes Dolarddyn with the final Welshpool to Llanfair train of the day on 2 August 1987. She is one of the original locomotives built for the line in 1903 by Beyer Peacock. The other loco built at the same time is 1 The Earl. Unlike many Welsh narrow gauge railways built to exploit the slate industry, this line was built to serve a purely agricultural area, and not surprisingly never made a profit.

823 Welshpool 4 June 2012

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway 0-6-0T 823 Countess waits beneath the water tower at Welshpool on 4 June 2012. prior to working the 12:45 train to Llanfair Caereinion. Ironically I had photographed the line's other original locomotive, 822 The Earl at the same location almost a decade previously.