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A cold and drizzly New Year Steam Event on The Battlefield Line
3205 was built by the G.W.R in Swindon in 1946 and is the sole surviving member of the 120-strong 2251 class of locomotives designed by C. B. Collett. They had a fine turn of speed and G.W.R enginemen nicknamed them ‘Baby Castles’
At a cold and drizzly Shackerstone Station on the Battlefield Line G.W.R Collett 2251 Class 0-6-0 No.3205 arrives with a train from Shenstone and screeches to a stop. This is No.3205’s last weekend on the line before it’s return to the South Devon Railway. After being uncoupled we hear No.3205 running round it’s train in preparation for another trip up the line. The other locomotive, The Furness Railway Trust’s Austerity 0-6-0ST ‘Cumbria’ was due to be sharing todays duties, but is having a bit of bother, and is still stuck in the shed receiving some attention. After coupling up, the fine looking locomotive makes a strangely lacklustre departure and the fading sounds are interspersed with the passing by of impatient photographers.
‘Black Five’ and ‘9F’ on the Great Central Railway
It is a mild and sunny day at Quorn and Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway. Two Locomotives are in service today running Christmas trains, namely L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 and BR Standard Class ‘9F’ 2-10-0 No.92214.
BR Standard Class ‘9F’ 2-10-0 No.92214 complete with blue ‘The Asbergers Flyer’ headboard gets a rapid start from Quorn and Woodhouse station and hurries away towards Leicester North, the sounds echoing off the surrounding buildings.
BR Standard Class ‘9F’ 2-10-0 No.92214 returns from Leicester North. A member of the Station staff is heard calling out destinations. L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 arrives from Rothley and squeals to a stand, followed by more announcements. No.92214 gets the right away first and answers with a toot on the whistle, it’s sounds are muffled as it passes under the road bridge. A whistle is then heard from No.45305 and it beats strongly away past the signal box. A squeak of signal wires is heard as the signal returns to danger.
Recorded from a very soggy field on the opposite side of the line, the water can be heard soaking into the sodden grass. L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 arrives from Leicester North and clatters over the points past the signal box. A motorcycle passes over the road bridge as BR Standard Class ‘9F’ 2-10-0 No.92214 arrives from Loughborough and stands waiting for platform duties to be completed. No.45305 heads away its sounds muffled by the road bridge. No.92214 acknowledges the whistle and accelerates away towards Leicester North.
L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 stands at Quorn and Woodhouse station. The safety valves lift and Steam shoots high into the blue sky. The ‘right away’ whistle is heard and the black liveried locomotive makes a spirited start and powers away past the signal box and away to Leicester North.
Chilly ‘Last Hurrah’ at Quorn and Woodhouse
It is a freezing cold day at the Great Central Railways final special event of 2015. The wind chill was numbing and I sought shelter from the gusting wind in the lee of a large railway crane in the station yard.
L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 gets the right away and heads purposefully away towards Leicester North. Dried leaves are heard blowing along the yard.
Great Northern Railway ‘N2’ Class 0-6-2T No.1744 gives a watery whistle and heads rather wheezily away towards Leicester North.
L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 whistles, then heads powerfully away towards Leicester North.
L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 is heard once more, this time departing energetically and whistling gaily on its way to Rothley.
S.R ‘King Arthur’ Class 4-6-0 No.30777 ‘Sir Lamiel’ gives a long mournful whistle before making a rousing departure for Leicester North. Bells are heard in the signal box.
Class 31 No.D5830, a Brush Type 2 in experimental Golden Ochre livery gives a good old fashioned BR Horn and heads past towards Leicester North with Great Northern Railway ‘N2’ Class 0-6-2T No.1744 unhappily bringing up the rear.
G.W.R Modified ‘Hall’ Class 4-6-0 No.6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’ pulls into Quorn and Woodhouse with a groan. After a brief station stop the magnificent engine beats strongly away towards Leicester North. Bells are heard in the signal box once more.
L.M.S Class 5 ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.45305 with a late afternoon service for Leicester North.
Last train of the day for me, I was frozen, BR Standard Class ‘9F’ 2-10-0 No.92214 shows its muscle and heads briskly away towards Leicester North as the light fades.
‘Black Five’ on the Great Central Railway at Quorn and Woodhouse
L.M.S Class 5 (Black Five) 4-6-0 No.45305 is heard approaching Quorn and Woodhouse along with the sound of bells in the signal box and a motorcycle in the station yard. The locomotive hauling ‘The Elizabethan’ Dining train, slows, then opens up, before powerfully accelerating away towards Leicester North.
No.45305 returns with ‘The Elizabethan’ Dining train and with coupling rods ringing slows through the station before whistling and heading purposefully away towards Rothley. The Signal wires are heard as the semaphore returns to danger.
No.45305 arrives at Quorn and Woodhouse with the last train of the day. The fireman is heard shovelling coal into the firebox. The guard whistles the right away and the imposing black liveried locomotive slips slightly before hurrying away into the fading light towards its next stop at Rothley.
‘Witherslack Hall’ at the GCR Autumn Steam Gala
L.M.S Class ‘3F’ ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0T No.47406 heads a freight past towards Rothley as G.W.R ‘Hall’ Class 4-6-0 No.6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’ whistles, then sure-footedly takes her train away in true G.W.R fashion towards Leicester North.
British Railways 4MT 2-6-0 No.76084 at the North Norfolk Railway At Weybourne
British Railways 4MT 2-6-0 No.76084 gives a wonderful whistle then makes a rousing, surefooted departure towards Holt. The signal arm returns to danger with a clatter.
Black Prince on the North Norfolk Railway at Weybourne
The signal is heard clearing and ‘Black Prince’ whistles an acknowledgement before beating powerfully away towards Holt. The signal drops back to danger. A Brush type two class 31 locomotive, No.D5631 is heard idling in the background.
LMS Stanier Class ‘5’ at Quorn and Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway
L.M.S Stanier Class ‘5’ 4-6-0 No.45305 heads away towards Leicester North. a motorcycle is heard on the nearby road along with bells in the signal box.
Bells are heard once again followed by the signalman setting the road and No.45305 punches away over the foot crossing, past the box and heads for Leicester North.
On the Dartmouth Steam Railway at Hookhills Viaduct and Goodrington Sands
On the Dartmouth Steam Railway in Devon.
It is a glorious summers day near Broadsands. The sea is sparkling in the distance and seagulls wheel overhead. The sounds of a hard working engine are carried on the breeze mingling with the sounds of crickets in the dry grass. Rounding the curve G.W.R 7800 Class No.7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ heads powerfully past, climbing up the gradient and over Hookhills Viaduct towards Churston with a train for Kingswear.
In a field overlooking Hookhills Viaduct another engine is faintly heard approaching up the steep gradient from Goodrington Sands. G.W.R 7800 Class No.7827 ‘Lydham Manor’ appears from the trees and heads past towards Churston with a Kingswear train.
G.W.R 7800 Class No.7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ coasts down the gradient towards Goodrington Sands whistling as it passes, it’s coupling rods ringing as it slows prior to the station stop.
Nearer to Goodrington by the lineside a train is faintly heard calling at Goodrington Sands. The train gets the right away after picking up some passengers and G.W.R 7800 Class No.7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ punches past up the gradient towards its next call at Churston, the sounds echoing off the surroundings. Children can be heard having fun at the nearby Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest.
LNER B12 No.8572 on the Poppy Line at Weybourne Station
BR Standard Class 9F No.92203 ‘Black Prince’ returns from Holt as L.N.E.R B12 4-6-0 No.8572 waits to depart after arriving from Sheringham. The signals clear and No.8572 whistles, then makes a spirited departure, the sounds of its exhaust echoing off the surroundings as the signal arm drops.
Black Prince on the Poppy Line at Weybourne
It is a lovely summers day at Weybourne on the North Norfolk Railway’s Poppy Line. Situated just outside the station by the road bridge we hear BR Standard Class 9F No.92203 ‘Black Prince’ arrive at the station with a train for Holt where it will await the service for Sheringham to arrive. L.N.E.R B12 4-6-0 No.8572 approaches round the bend, passes, and squeaks to a halt. The signal clears and ‘Black Prince’ gets the right away before making a rousing departure, drowning No.8572 as it also heads away, towards Sheringham. The sounds of ‘Black Prince’ echo over the countryside as the signal clatters back to danger. The sounds eventually fade and peace returns to the picturesque country station.
Sounds of the Great Central Railway
L.M.S Stanier 8F Class 2-8-0 No.48624 clears the single line section at Rothley and accelerates away under the road bridge towards Quorn and Woodhouse. L.M.S Class 2 2-6-0 No.46521 has been waiting patiently for the road and once given the right away gets smartly away towards Leicester North.
Rain is dripping from the trees as the shower has eased off to a fine drizzle. An approaching train is heard heading from Quorn and Woodhouse. L.M.S Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 No.43106 passes heading towards Rothley.
L.M.S 0-6-0T Class 3F ‘Jinty’ No.47406 (disguised as No.47203) gives a long whistle and races past under Kinchley Lane over bridge towards Rothley as the rain spatters down.
At Quorn and Woodhouse we hear L.M.S Class 2 2-6-0 No.46521 arriving with a train for Leicester North and L.M.S Stanier 8F Class 2-8-0 No.48624 with a train for Loughborough Central. A vintage car passes by on it’s way out of the Car Park as a motorbike passes over the road bridge. No.48624 gets the right away first and blasts powerfully away under the bridge drowning out the departure of No.46521.
L.M.S Class 2 2-6-0 No 46521 races through Quorn Station with the TPO. Dropping and picking up two mailbags by the signalbox.
Cricket and Trains at Bledlow
After the previous days rain it is a warm overcast day at Chinnor. Ex G.W.R 0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.1369 is on duty today on the 7 mile round trip between Chinnor and Thame Junction.
There is a Cricket match in progress by the lineside at Bledlow Village Cricket Club. There is the sound of leather on willow as ex G.W.R 0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.1369 sounds a warning for one of the many foot crossings along this stretch. The engine slows over West Lane bridge then, with passengers waving merrily for the cricketers, opens up for the ascent of the bank leading up towards Wainhill Crossing and Chinnor.
Two trains at Quorn and Woodhouse
A station announcement is heard for two services approaching the station from opposite directions. No.92220 ‘Evening Star’ arrives at platform 1 with a train for Leicester North, simultaneously, 8F Class 2-8-0 No.48624 arrives at platform 2 with a train for Loughborough. ‘Evening Star’ gets the right away and beats strongly past the signal box. No.48624 is then heard departing and both engines are heard intermittently as they get into their stride.
Northern Gas Board No.1 at Cholsey on a Sunday afternoon
It is a warm spring afternoon at Cholsey Station in the Thames Valley. Amongst the spring birdsong the sounds of an approaching Steam Engine are carried on the light breeze. Appearing round the bend leading to the Wallingford Branch is a 1953 Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank steam locomotive ‘Northern Gas Board No.1’ its wheels squealing as it coasts into the bay Platform. A Cross Country Voyager speeds past towards London Paddington with a train from Birmingham. Station staff chat as No.1 is uncoupled from it’s coaches. A horn is heard and a First Great Western Class 165 Turbo rushes through towards Didcot Parkway. The gates are heard being unlocked to enable access to the points. The Engine is heard reversing. A warning is given from the Station Master of another approaching Turbo. As it runs in to the platform No.1 is buffered up to its coaches and coupled up. The Turbo departs and the fire is attended to and carriage doors closed. The Guard gives the right away and No.1 heads back down the ‘Bunk’ towards Wallingford.
HST races through Cholsey Station
An HST races through Cholsey Station towards London Paddington at line speed.
Wallingford Bunk Line at Cholsey Station
A Steam Lorry passes through the village behind the station. Soon after the sounds of ‘Northern Gas Board No.1’ are faintly heard as it returns to Cholsey with the last train of the day. As it rounds the curve a Class 165 Turbo races through the station disturbing some leaves on the platform. Wheels squeak on rail as it slows and sighs to a stop in the Bay platform. Cholsey Station staff chat to the train crew about the Bank Holiday arrangements as ‘Northern Gas Board No.1’ is uncoupled and pulls forward to the buffers. Points are changed, and the loco then reverses to run round it’s train. Another Class 165 Turbo disturbs the scene as it races past towards London with a service from Oxford. The loco safety valves lift with a roar as the engine backs up the line. Points are changed once more and the engine returns to buffer up and couple up to the carriages. Another Class 165 Turbo heads for Oxford. Once the coaches are hooked up, carriage doors are closed, and the crew await the arrival of a connecting service approaching from Didcot. Once this has departed the Guard gives the right away. The crew are busy on the engine and don’t respond so he whistles impatiently twice more. The Driver raises his hand and the tiny locomotive, dwarfed by it’s two coaches, wheezes unhappily before getting the train on the move and onto the Wallingford Branch. An excited boy advises his Dad of an approaching engine, one of the newly introduced Class 70 Freightliner locomotives No.70807, hauling a short freight towards Didcot.