Wednesday, 14 December 2016

'Black 5s' Nos. 44871 & 45407 5212 - 14 December 2016

Some late winter afternoon sun for 'Black 5s' Nos. 44871 & 45407 heading down grade at Micheldever with a 'Cathedrals Express' trip from Ashford International to Winchester.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

LMS Princess Class No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth - 22 October 2016

A diesel free trip for 6201 Princess Elizabeth made the late night trip to Reading worthwhile in this audio recording on Soundcloud.  Just click the link below:

6201 Reading 

LMS Princess Class No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth - 15 October 2016

A long journey behind a diesel for passengers on this 'The Spirit Of The Lakes' trip from Doncaster to Salisbury.  6201 Princess Elizabeth joined for the last part of the tour from Hanwell to Salisbury and is seen here at Worting Junction near Basingstoke on a fine day in Hampshire.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

LMS Royal Scot Class No. 46115 Scots Guardsman - 19 July 2016

Another visit to Winchfield on a hot and humid summer evening.  Given the conditions there was little to expect from 46115 but a 'Royal Scot' is an incredibly rare visitor to the south.  46115 is depicted during a brief stop and was returning to London from Weymouth:

Sunday, 10 July 2016

LMS Jubilee Class 6P No. 45699 'Galatea' - 9 July 2016

On a humid evening at Winchfield, 45699 hammers through the station with the returning 'End of Southern Steam' tour from Weymouth.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

LMS Jubilee Class 6P No. 45699 Galatea - 5 June 2016

A sunny weather forecast did not materialise for 'The Cambrian Coast Express' and Galatea.  45699 hauled the first day of this four day tour as far as Shrewsbury having departed from Paddington.  45699 is seen here on good form though at Saunderton.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

LNER A3 Class No. 60103 Flying Scotsman - 29 May 2016

A dreary morning in west London sees another trip for Flying Scotsman, again heading for Salisbury and seen here at Iver.  60103 is just cruising here due to concern about the locomotive fitting some of platforms on this route.  No problem here though although a member of the crew is checking the road ahead.  Note also the poles to carry the catenary for electrification of the line in the future:

Monday, 23 May 2016

LNER A3 Class No. 60103 Flying Scotsman - 21 May 2016

An truly dreadful evening in Basingstoke with driving rain and strong winds.  Despite the conditions a large crowd has gathered to see recently overhauled Flying Scotsman.  Running around 15 minutes late, 60103 is seen here getting away from Basingstoke following a water stop.  However, we learned later that the locomotives injectors had failed and for much of the remaining trip the Class 47 Diesel at the rear was required.  60103 was returning to London Paddington following a trip to Salisbury.

Some sound too on Soundcloud here.  

By way of a contrast, here is the same locomotive in January 2004 at Fleet Station, the last time we saw Flying Scotsman before its lengthy and complicated (and expensive) overhaul:


Monday, 15 February 2016

A1 No. 60163 Tornado - 14 February 2016

A fine morning in Slough for ‘The Red Rose’ Valentine’s day trip for 60163 Tornado from London Paddington to Worcester and return.  60163 makes a fine sight getting away from a short stop at the station having had a delayed departure from Paddington:

Some sound to listen to over on Soundcloud here.