Category Archives: Some Early Lines

From STEAM Railway Forum Spring 1974 – On The Lakeside Scene

From STEAM Railway Forum Spring 1974

On The Lakeside Scene

I’ve come across another couple of Railway Forums on my bookshelves.

Four photos taken earlier than Neil Clarke’s,  posted last month.

A Fairburn 2-6-4T no.2073 (the LNW one) makes an energetic start from Haverthwaite with a train to Lakeside to connect with the Windermere steamer.  Photo: Grenville R.Hounsell

What the passengers didn’t see! The signalling department loading equipment on a works train headed by 0-4-0ST ‘Caliban’.  Photo:  Bill Ballard

  Fairburn 2-6-4T No.2085 in bogus Caledonian livery poses alongside ’Black Five’ (painted green) No. 44806 ‘Magpie’ at the Haverthwaite headquarters of the L&HR.  Photo:  Frank Kilroy.

Unfortunately, the Lakeside Railway Society didn’t send a picture of their latest arrival, but in case you’ve forgotten what an ‘Austerity’ looks like, this one’s at Parkend on the Dean Forest line.  Photo:  Paul Cotterell

https://www.lakesiderailway.co.uk/

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From STEAM Railway Forum Summer 1974 – Severn Valley Railway, 1973

From STEAM Railway Forum Summer 1974

Severn Valley Railway, 1973

I’ve come across another couple of Railway Forums on my bookshelves.

 

On a damp summer day at Bridgnorth, former Longmoor Military Railway locomotive ‘Gordon’ prepares to leave for Hampton Loade as No.8233 rolls into the station. Photo: Paul Cotterell.

Signals at Green for Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway has finally been given the signal to run its steam trains through Bewdley and the 12¾ miles of line from Bridgnorth was opened to passengers from the beginning of May.

Members of Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Ltd were told this at their second annual meeting at the end of March after Mr. Anthony Crosland, the Environment Secretary, had signed the Light Railway Order.

This was necessary for the company to complete the purchase of the line and land.

Mr. Richard Dunn, deputy chairman of the holding company, said before the meeting that the line between Bridgnorth and Highley would be open to passengers for Easter weekend.

Last year there was a £24,000 loss incurred on running trains for passengers between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade and it is hoped that with the new section of line, passenger journeys should increase by between 30 and 50 per cent.  Mr. Dunn said this should help towards wiping out that loss.

Fare this year, single and return, between Bridgnorth and Bewdley will be 55p and £1 for adults and 45p and 75p for children.  Mr. Dunn said the agreement for the purchase of the section of line to Bewdley augured well for the plans to run into Kidderminster. Discussions with British Rail are in progress about joint use of the freight line to Kidderminster from Bewdley.

Membership of the railway company now exceeds 4,500.  In common with several other railways, the SVR ran a number of Christmas services on 22nd and 23rd and from 26th to 30th December.  In connection with the proposed Bridgnorth bypass bridge the railway has launched an appeal for £100,000 to help finance its construction, which is the responsibility of the railway company.  Initial response has been encouraging.

The figure of £100,000 was arrived at basing estimates on the total cost of construction in 1975, assuming 2% inflation per month for labour and materials.

New stock and locomotives continue to arrive and it is pleasant to record that Stanier Class 5 2-6-0 No.42968 has at last been successfully purchased and is to find its home on the railway.

‘The Great Marquess’ undergoing steaming trials at Bridgnorth on August Bank Holiday 1973. Alongside are pannier tank No.5764 and ‘The Lady Armaghdale’.  Photo: Paul Cotter

8233 ambles down towards Bridgnorth with an afternoon train. Photo: Paul Cotterell

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Another railway visited and photographed by Neil Clarke.

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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Welcome

HAVERTHWAITE TEA ROOM AND GIFT SHOP -OPENS WEEKDAYS FROM MONDAY 15TH JANUARY

NO TRAINS RUNNING UNTIL…

Spring 1/2 Term- Saturday 10th February- Sunday18th February 2018

2018 Steam Season- Saturday 24th March- Sunday 28th October

At Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway travel back in time when you climb aboard our train. A distant memory of bygone years for some and new experience for others, it’s a unique day out for all.

Jump aboard our train at Haverthwaite Station. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside; the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Then if you fancy, combine the trip with a visit to The Lakes Aquarium or continue your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. The Station welcomes dogs and friendly owners.

We hope you come along and spend a day out to remember with us.

https://www.lakesiderailway.co.uk/

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s – February 19th, 1993

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s  February 19th, 1993

Still more photos from this old publication.

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s June 11th, 1993

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s  June 11th, 1993

Still more photos from this old publication.

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Taken from Railway Forum, Autumn 1972

Taken from Railway Forum

Autumn 1972

There are several photos taken at Chasewater Railway in this selection

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Taken from Railway Forum – Autumn/Winter 1970

Taken from Railway Forum 

Autumn/Winter 1970

Including a Chasewater Railway pic and a pic of the Railway Tavern, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, and an old friend of Chasewater Railway, No.813.

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More Photos taken from the magazine dated May 1972

More Photos taken from the magazine dated May 1972

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More of Neil Clarke’s Pictures – The Great Central Railway

More of Neil Clarke’s Pictures

The Great Central Railway

Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s

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http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/

The Great Central Railway is the UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails.

Trains run every weekend of the year, bank holidays and selected week days through the summer. In addition, First Class Restaurant Car Services provide five course meals whilst travelling between Loughborough and Leicester. Childhood dreams can come true with a Drive a Locomotive Experience when you can take the regulator on a mighty steam locomotive or notch up on a powerful diesel. We also run many special events, including Steam Galas, Peppa Pig, Bonfire Night, 1940s Wartime Weekend and Santa Specials.

The railway is supported by The David Clarke Railway Trust, click here to find out more. The Railway’s membership organisation is Friends of the Great Central Main Line (FoGCML). Members are entitled to a range of benefits and details can be viewed here.

More of Neil Clarke’s Photos – The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway

More of Neil Clarke’s Photos

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway

The photos in this collection were mainly taken in the 1990s

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2017: https://www.gwsr.com/

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire offering a round trip of over 26 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway’s main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon.

It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Buckland through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond. The railway is in the process of being extended to Broadway in Worcestershire.