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G.W.R Heavy Freight at Market Bosworth Station

Next to the brick goods shed at Market Bosworth. Ex G.W.R Class 2884 2-8-0 No.3803 is standing in the station. No.3803 is given the right away and answers with a whistle, The train barking away in true G.W.R fashion and marching past the shed. The fireman, his face covered with coal dust, gives a friendly wave. The Locomotive will change ends at Shackerstone for the return journey.


At Market Bosworth Station on the Battlefield Line

Rooks are heard in the nearby trees as ex G.W.R Class 2884 2-8-0 No.3803 returns from Shackerstone with a train for Shenstone. The train comes smoothly to a stand with a squeak of brakes. Doors are slammed shut and with a whistle from the Guard the train departs, beating strongly away under the road bridge and out of sight.


Tranquil scene at Market Bosworth Station

It is a tranquil scene at Market Bosworth Station. The sun shines and spring birdsong fills the air as ex G.W.R Class 2884 2-8-0 Heavy freight locomotive No.3803 whistles in the far distance. After a lengthy pause, punctuated with birdsong, the train arrives, shattering the peace at the country station. The huge locomotive, on loan from the South Devon Railway, is in immaculate condition. Burning coals spill out from underneath the engine and smoulder on the sleepers as the powerful engine gets the train underway, and heads towards the end of the line at Shackerstone. The Station Master steps off the platform onto the track, dousing the smoking coals with a bucket of water as the train is heard accelerating away into the distance.


The Great Central Railway on a breezy spring afternoon.

It is a changeable day weather wise with hot spring sunshine intermingled with cloud that brings a cold chill on the stiff breeze that blows strongly across the railway.

At Rushey Lane in a field adjacent to the overbridge near Swithland Reservoir. The spring sun is very strong and a stiff breeze has got up. Former L.M.S Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.5305 (British Railways No.45305) heads past light engine under the bridge and away towards Rothley. Someone gets busy with a chainsaw in the nearby wood.

The sounds of a hard working engine are heard approaching on the breeze. L.M.S 8F Class 2-8-0 No.48624 bursts out from under the bridge and away round the curve towards Quorn and Woodhouse with a train for Loughborough.

Class 31 No.D5830 painted in an early experimental livery of ‘Golden Ochre’ sounds a warning, heads past under the bridge towards Rothley with a service for Leicester North.

Former L.M.S Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 heads back light engine towards Quorn and Woodhouse.

Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 returns light engine once again heading past and scampering away towards Rothley before whistling a warning.

Moving now to Quorn and Woodhouse Station..
At Quorn and Woodhouse Station, the breeze is really strong now as Class 31 No.D5830 resplendant in it’s ‘Golden Ochre’ livery arrives at Quorn and Woodhouse from Leicester North and squeaks to a stop.

L.M.S 8F Class 2-8-0 No.48624 announces its approach to Quorn and Woodhouse followed by the Station Master’s warning. The coupling rods clank as the train squeals to a stand. After platform duties are completed the train gets the right away and purposefully heads away towards Rothley and Leicester North.

Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 runs straight through Quorn and Woodhouse station with a Dining Train for Loughborough.


A breezy May afternoon at the Great Central Railway

L.M.S 8F Class 2-8-0 No.48624 brings a service from Leicester North into Quorn and Woodhouse, halting with a screech from the brakes. Passengers alight. Moments later on the adjacent platform L.M.S Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 rolls in with a service for Leicester North. Doors slam and children run around exitedly. The fireman can be heard shovelling coal onto the fire.
No.48624 is heard departing for Loughborough then the right away is given for No.45305 and it beats strongly away towards Rothley and Leicester North.


At Cheddleton Station on the Churnet Valley Railway

A May afternoon at the Churnet Valley Railway.

Class 33 No.33102 ‘Sophie’ can be heard idling quietly in Cheddleton Station amid the spring birdsong. The peace is suddenly shattered as TKh49 no.2944 ‘Hotspur’ whistles impatiently to get away. They depart sedately in the direction of Consall.

Class 33 No.33102 ‘Sophie’ sounds it’s horn as it approaches Cheddleton. Church bells are faintly heard amid the birdsong. The crossing gates are closed. TKh49 no.2944 ‘Hotspur’ can now be heard as the train pulls into the platform. The air brake pump pants rhythmically. A pheasant is heard in the nearby woods. Station duties over ‘Hotspur’ whistles enthusiastically and ‘Sophie’ replies. ‘Hotspur’ heads the train away towards Leek Brook junction with ‘Sophie’ providing sterling rear end assistance.

Beside the River Churnet with the Caldon Canal behind us looking across to Cheddleton Station. Class 33 No.33102 ‘Sophie’ sounds it’s horn and pulls the train forward to the Water Column to allow TKh49 no.2944 ‘Hotspur’ to fill it’s tanks. Once the water stop is completed ‘Sophie’ and ‘Hotspur’ exchange whistles and horns and depart for Consall on this wonderful sunny May afternoon. A barge passes on the adjacent canal as ‘Sophie’s’ horn is heard faintly on the breeze.


Sulzer Type 2 Diesel No.D5401 at Rothley on the Great Central Railway

Sulzer Type 2 Diesel No.D5401 waits for the road at Rothwell, it’s six-cylinder 1,250 bhp Sulzer engine idling rythmically, the Green liveried locomotive heads past and away towards Leicester North.

No.D5401 returns to Rothley from Leicester North.

No.D5401 arrives at Rothley with a service to Leicester North. the Station master calls the station name in time honoured style. Thumping rythmically the Diesel heads away over the foot crossing.

No.D5401 returns from Leicester North as L.M.S Class 8F 2-8-0 No.48624 sits simmering in the adjacent platform waiting for the token for the single track section ahead.


Easter event at the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

At the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, a 2½ mile branch line that links the historic riverside town of Wallingford with the Great Western mainline at Cholsey.

Beside an occupational crossing on the Wallingford Branch. Peckett 0-4-0 ST ‘Ivor The Engine’ is heard approaching over the bypass crossing and whistling past with two chocolate and cream coaches for Cholsey.

Returning from Cholsey ‘Ivor The Engine’ passes noisily and hurries away over the road crossing towards Wallingford. A car shows it’s appreciation as the warning sirens sound.

At Wallingford Station Ex British Railways class 08 Diesel Shunter No.D3030 ‘Lion’ is heard idling in the siding as Peckett 0-4-0 ST ‘Ivor The Engine’ returns from Cholsey and slows to a stop at the platform to the accompaniment of some fine spring birdsong. ‘Lion’
then approaches from the sidings to withdraw the two coaches further down the line.

Coupled up to the coaches ‘Lion’ removes the coaches to allow the run round manoeuvre.

‘Ivor The Engine’ then extracts itself from the platform and heads away to wait in the siding.

‘Lion’ returns the coaches to the platform and uncouples for the penultimate run round manoeuvre.

‘Ivor The Engine’ returns from the siding to couple back up to it’s train and the manouvre is complete. There is some hilarity with the crew as someone gets a faceful of water from the water hose.

Finally the train is assembled and the Water Tank cover closed with a clang. A whistle from ‘Ivor The Engine’ and the train is away for another journey down the 2½ mile branch to Cholsey Station.



Easter event at Chinnor

The sun has come out on this Easter Sunday morning in the Chilterns. At Chinnor Station ex Great Western Railway No.1369 an ex GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank steam locomotive is running the service. No.1369 is a survivor of the six engines of this type built at Swindon Works in 1934. She belongs to the South Devon Railway.

It is an idylic scene at Chinnor, faintly heard above the spring birdsong ex GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.1369 approaches from Princes Risborough. The sounds of the approaching engine are masked by the adjacent road bridge. No.1369 bursts into view and squeals to a stop.

No.1369 is uncoupled from the train and the signalman locks the foot crossing gates and walks past to his box climbing the short flight of stairs and shutting the door. He sets the road for the sidings where No.1369 will take on water and run round her train. After the engine has passed he then unlocks the foot crossing gates once again and then returns to his box.

Signal levers are heard and then a toot from the Diesel Shunter ex BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Diesel Loco No.D3018. The shunter passes by and buffers up to the waiting coaches with a hiss of the brakes, its English Electric 6 cylinder 6KT engine throbbing rythmically.

0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.1369 fed and watered returns from the sidings with it’s train. The platforms are busy with expectant passengers.

The Guard blows his whistle and No.1369 answers before heading past and away under the road bridge towards Princes Risborough. A rather watery whistle echoes over the Chiltern Hills.



L.M.S Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 at Rothley Station on the Great Central Railway

L.M.S Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 returns from Leicester North and coasts into the Station. The Station Master calls out the Station name. The injector is turned on and the fireman tends to the fire. Some interested passengers gaze at the firebox as the driver and fireman wait for the Guards Flag. ‘Right Away’ says the fireman, but she won’t move, ‘It’s got stuck on top dead centre’. The driver winds the reverser to back up a bit then into forward gear, punching the engine away under the road bridge towards Quorn & Woodhouse.


An afternoon at Rothley Station on the Great Central Railway

The weather has turned as L.M.S Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No.45305 arrives at Rothley from Leicester North. The rain pours down and a cold wind has sprung up. Station duties over, the Guard waves the flag and blows his whistle, the engine acknowledges, then blasts powerfully away towards Quorn & Woodhouse and Loughborough.


A windy evening at Whittlesea station

A strong gusting wind whistles through the station. Some wind chimes are faintly heard as a Class 170 Turbostar arrives with an evening passenger service bound for Norwich. A couple of passengers alight and trudge wearily homewards as the train accelerates away into the fens.


Ex G.W.R 0-6-2 Tank No.6695 departs from Swanage Station

At Swanage Station 13th August 2014.
Ex S.R 4-6-2 ‘West Country Class’ No.34028 ‘Eddystone’ departs from Swanage Station with a train for Norden. Then, after filling it’s water tanks Ex G.W.R 0-6-2 Tank No.6695 departs with the last train of the day for Norden, raising echoes over the seaside town. Water can be heard dripping from the column as the train climbs away into the far distance.


Sunday afternoon at Whittlesford Station

The steady tick of the Station clock is heard as five North American P-51D Mustangs thrill the crowds at the nearby Duxford Imperial War Museum’s Flying Legends Air Show. Also in attendance is a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’. An Abellio Greater Anglia Class 317 No.317502 pulls into the station with a London Liverpool Street to Cambridge service. A lady passenger is heard bumping her case up the footbridge steps.


A Weekend on the Continent Event at the Nene Valley Railway

USA S160 No 6046 approaches then slows for the speed restriction over the River Nene bridge at Lynch wood. After crossing the River the train accelerates away towards Wansford with a train from Peterborough NVR.


At Maiden Newton on the Castle Cary to Weymouth line on a wonderful golden summer evening

The evening birdsong is interupted by the faint drumming of an evening passenger service approaching from Weymouth . A sheep bleats in a nearby field and chickens are heard nearby. A warm breeze gently disturbs the trees. A FGW liveried Class 150 squeals to a stop with it’s engine idling rythmically. A couple of passengers alight at the deserted Station. The signal turns to green and the DMU accelerates away towards it’s next stop at Chetnole. Peace returns to the sleepy station.


G.W.R 0-6-0PT 5786 (L.92) at Buckfastleigh Station

At Buckfastleigh Station on a showery summer afternoon in August. Former G.W.R 0-6-0 Pannier tank No.5786 uncouples and runs round it’s train stopping at a signal by the bridge over Addislade water, a tributary of the River Dart. Sixteen 57xx class locomotives saw service with London Transport and 5786 is in the maroon livery of it’s former guise, No.L.92.
The locomotive heads back towards the station as the signal clears. Coupled up to it’s train No.L.92 makes a steady start and heads away towards Staverton with a train for Totnes Littlehempston.


Near the crossing adjacent to Corfe Viaduct

Ex G.W.R 0-6-2 Tank 5600 Class No.6695 whistles as it leaves Corfe Station with a train for Norden. It coasts over the viaduct and brakes for Norden Station where it will run round it’s train. No.6695 whistles as it pulls forward before reversing back onto it’s coaches. Finally No.6695 gets the right away and heads energetically away towards Corfe with a Swanage service.


Summer evening at Powderham Church Crossing

A gaggle of Canada Geese can be heard on the Exe estuary near to Powderham Church. A FGW Class 153 passes with a train from Starcross to Exmouth. A Virgin Voyager passes with a train for Plymouth. A FGW HST passes with a train for London Paddington followed by another HST heading west with a Paddington to Penzance service. As the sounds of the HST fade a cyclist shows off his prowess at the foot crossing. Finally another HST speeds westward with a Plymouth service as the evening light fades.


Black 5 No 45337 tailed by BR Class 14 No 9520 at Lynch Wood on the Nene Valley Railway

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Black 5 No 45337 now leading the return train to Wansford slows over the River Nene Bridge at Lynch Wood. BR Class 14 No 9520 rumbles past at the rear sounding it’s horn as the Black 5 opens up to get the heavy train on the move.


At Cheddleton on the Churnet Valley Railway

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A cockerel can be faintly heard crowing as Class 33 33102 ‘Sophie’ sounds its horn and approaches with a train from Cheddleton. The train is quite busy and there is a party being held on board the train. This has caused some delay to the scheduled departure. Some discussion takes place about the train being late away. Eventually after a protracted station stop Sophie gets the right away and heads off towards Kingsley and Froghall with LNER Class N7 0-6-2T No.69621 coasting past at the rear. Suddenly the N7 bursts into life and then peace returns to the sleepy station. A woodpecker can be faintly heard drumming in the woods.


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Black Five No 45337 at Ferry Meadows Station on the Nene Valley Railway

No 45337 returns from a trip to Peterborough Nene Valley and pulls into Ferry Meadows station. There a quite a few passengers waiting on the platform on this chilly December afternoon. The fireman operates the crossing warning lights and No 45337 gives a lusty whistle before blasting away towards Wansford.


USA S160 No 6046 at Wansford on the Nene Valley Railway 08th June 2014

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No 6046 was built as works no.70280 by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and the locomotive was exported straight to France in 1945 to help with the war effort. Once her use with the French SNCF came to an end many S160s were scrapped though 6046 found her way to Hungary.

USA S160 No 6046 departs from Wansford with the last train of the day to Peterborough NVR


USA S160 No 6046 at Yarwell Junction on the Nene Valley Railway 08th June 2014

No 6046 was built as works no.70280 by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and the locomotive was exported straight to France in 1945 to help with the war effort. Once her use with the French SNCF came to an end many S160s were scrapped though 6046 found her way to Hungary.

USA S160 No 6046 with steam shooting high into the sky from it’s safety valves waits ready to depart from Yarwell Junction Station. The locomotive gets the ‘right away and beats powerfully away, whistling as it enters Wansford tunnel with a train for Peterborough NVR.


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Stapleford Park Minature Railway Steam Fair. New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara class express passenger locomotive No.6019 hurries past towards the station 14th June 2014

The fairground is heard in the background as New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara class express
passenger locomotive No.6019 hurries past towards the station sounding it’s chime whistle
as it enters the Primrose portal of the 80 metre long tunnel.


New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara class express passenger locomotive No.6019 sounds it’s whistle as it races past 14th June 2014

Near to the site of the Avengers plaque New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara class express passenger
locomotive No.6019 sounds it’s whistle as it races past by the lakeside under a darkening sky.


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A flavour of the Stapleford Park Steam Fair 14th June 2014

Mechanical fairground organs, single cylinder stationary engines and Traction engines can be heard.


USA S160 No.6046 at the Nene Valley Railway 29th July 2014

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At Hallett’s Halt adjacent to the Mailbag apparatus and close to the entrance of the 616 yards long Wansford Tunnel. USA S160 No.6046 exits the tunnel with a train from Wansford and coasts into Yarwell Halt.


USA S160 No.6046 at the Nene Valley Railway 29th July 2014

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Having uncoupled from the coaches No.6046 runs round it’s train. The locomotive sits with it’s brake pump panting rythmically whilst the fireman trudges to the ground frame and inserts the key to unlock the points. As the S160 pulls back to cross over, the safety valves lift with a roar. The train then passes noisily to connect back up to it’s train.


USA S160 No.6046 at the Nene Valley Railway 29th July 2014
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Having coupled up, No.6046 quickly gets the train on the move as it heads back through the tunnel to Wansford and thence to Peterborough NVR.


USA S160 No.6046 at the Nene Valley Railway 29th July 2014

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USA S160 No.6046 heard at the Golf Club Crossing as it departs Ferry Meadows Station with a train for Peterborough NVR. The crews are making good use of the chime whistle.


All these recordings can found at https://www.freesound.org/people/konakaboom/


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