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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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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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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.



More of Neil Clarkes Photos – The Caledonian Railway

More of Neil Clarkes Photos

The Caledonian Railway

Neil’s photos were taken about the year 2000

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The Caledonian Railway is an entirely volunteer run non-profit organisation, with funds being reinvested into the restoration and preservation of the railway. The Brechin Railway Preservation Society was formed in 1979 with the operating arm, Caledonian Railway Brechin Limited, being incorporated on the 16 December 1982. Caledonian Railway Brechin Limited has won several awards and built up a reputation as one of the most visited tourist attractions in Angus, all thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 1990s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 1990s

July 9th 1993

More photos from an old publication

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More of Neil Clarke’s photos – Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

More of Neil Clarke’s photos 

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

These first few photos were taken round about 2000

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The Railway in 2017



NCB No.7 (WD 75254)

Built by W. G. Bagnall Ltd in 1945 (Works No.2777).
Acquired from NCB Comrie Colliery Fife. This locomotive may have been built/assembled for Bagnall by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock. It returned to traffic after a major overhaul in the livery applied when originally supplied to the MOD.
This locomotive is currently in traffic and performing very well, it is one of the locomotives most likely to haul your train when you visit.


NCB No. 19

Built by Hunslet Engine Co Leeds in 1954 (Works No.3818).

Acquired from NCB Comrie Colliery Fife, this locomotive has currently just completed a major overhaul.

Currently in traffic and performing very well, the locomotive has now been fitted with a lempor type exhaust which has dramatically improved its steaming ability.

NCB No.1 “Lord Roberts”

No.1 was built by Neilson Reid of Glasgow in 1899 with works number NR 5710. It then became Coltness no.1 and worked internal works traffic as well as the Coltness Iron Company’s traffic. Then no.1 was transferred to the National Coal Board Scottish Division (NCB) as part of the Scottish coal industry nationalisation settlement. It was based at Twechar, near Kilsyth, and worked at Bedlay Colliery. It was withdrawn in 1968 and in September 1968 the locomotive was presented by the NCB to the SRPS.  The locomotive is registered as a “Thomas” and is a powerful locomotive well able to deal with most of the loads required on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and is presently under restoration but will return to traffic in 2017.


LNER – D49, No.246 “Morayshire”

Built by the LNER at Darlington Works in 1928 and designed by Nigel Gresley. Now in the ownership of National Museums Scotland who in 1974 agreed to loan it to the SRPS with the aim of returning it to steam. Morayshire has been in and out of service since then due to restoration undertaken by our volunteers and is presently at Llangollen Railway for a full overhaul.



Caledonian Railway No. 419 (55189)

Built by the Caledonian Railway at St Rollox Works, Glasgow, in 1907 No 419 was designed by J.F. Mcintosh for branch line work, fast suburban and banking duties.

Caledonian Railway 419 is the flagship of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.  It appears on the society’s letter heading and has represented the SRPS at numerous events on both sides of the border and is presently undergoing a full overhaul.

It is planned to have the locomotive back in traffic in the third quarter of 2017.


Further details, photographs and news of the steam locomotive fleet as well as those in restoration can be found on the SRPS Steam Locomotive Group Website.



Booking Office

The traditional Booking Office is located in the former Wormit station building. This building, which was relocated from the south end of the Tay Bridge, also contains ladies and gents toilets. The adjacent modern building houses the Station Buffet, gift shop, VisitScotland Information Centre, and toilets suitable for disabled visitors.

Station Buffet

Station-Buffet-for-websiteWhatever the time of day you will find homemade, locally-sourced produce in our Station Buffet at Bo’ness Station. From traditional Scottish dishes, made using our chef’s special recipes, to a pot of Fairtrade tea and a cake, there is something for every appetite.

Please note our Station Buffet is only open when trains are running, that is yellow, orange and green timetables and on special events.


Gift Shop

Gift-Shop-for-webThe gift shop is always a popular part of any visit. It stocks books, DVDs and memorabilia for the enthusiast, as well as Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise and other toys.

Please note our Gift Shop is only open when trains are running, that is yellow, orange and green timetables and on special events.

VisitScotland Information Centre

Bo’ness VisitScotland Information Centre is located in the station and provides information about accommodation and attractions locally and throughout Scotland.





Gauge ‘O’ Model Railway

The Gauge ‘O’ Model Railway is housed in two Norwegian carriages next to the station and picnic area. Glenauchter, based on Gleneagles station, has been built and is operated by the Gauge ‘O’ Guild. It is open on weekends and bank holidays only.




Museum of Scottish Railways

Be sure to visit our Museum of Scottish Railways. Three large halls of historic locomotives, carriages and wagons as well as a railway themed activity area for children.



More from Neil Clarke’s Collection – A few pics from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cornwall.

More from Neil Clarke’s Collection

A few pics from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cornwall.

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway. Double Header Steaming Through Cardinham. 6435 doubleheaded with 4247 – Barry Bateman.

Steam hauled passenger services ended on the line in 1963. Rationalisation started in June 1964 when a shuttle service was introduced between Bodmin North and Boscarne Junction, where new exchange facilities were established. Withdrawal of all passenger services between Padstow and Bodmin Road took place on 30 January 1967.

Bodmin Railway Bodmin Railway

Freight trains continued to run between Bodmin Road and Wadebridge until September 1978. The line to Wenfordbridge remained open for china clay traffic until 03 October 1983, when complete closure of the route took place.

Efforts to preserve the branch line, with a view to reopening it as a heritage steam railway, began shortly after closure. The Bodmin Railway Preservation Society (BRPS) was thus formed in July 1984. In a bid to raise the £139,600 needed to purchase the line from Bodmin Parkway to Boscarne Junction, via Bodmin General, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway plc was formed by the Society. The Company successfully purchased the track, and North Cornwall District Council (now part of Cornwall Council) secured the land, from British Rail.

The first Open Day was held on Sunday 1 June 1986, when a small steam locomotive – former Devonport Dockyard 0-4-0ST No 19 – performed shunting demonstrations at Bodmin General Station. These were the first authorised train movements in the preservation era, and thus the Bodmin & Wenford Railway is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011.

The necessary Light Railway Order was obtained on 31 August 1989. Regular services between Bodmin Parkway and Bodmin General were restored on 17 June 1990, and the line was extended back to Boscarne Junction six years later, on 15 August 1996.

Bodmin Railway

Since then the Bodmin & Wenford Railway has operated trains – principally steam, but with some heritage diesel services – over the 6½ miles between Bodmin Parkway and Boscarne Junction via Bodmin General.

The railway has now firmly established itself as one of the country’s finest steam railways, Cornwall’s only full size (standard gauge) railway still regularly operated by steam locomotives………and a great family attracktion!

These photos were taken around 2000



More photos from the old Railway Magazine

More photos from the old

Railway Magazine



Old Publication Comes to Light

Old Publication Comes to Light

1959 Railway Magazine


An old magazine has come into our possession, found by David Bathurst, it cost two shillings and sixpence in the ‘old days’, 12.5p in modern parlance!


Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 90s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 90s

More photos from 1993


Christmas has come early for the Avon Valley Railway at Bitton – with the news that Drummond Class M7 0-4-4T No.30053 will be their seasonal cracker of an attraction this holiday (1993).

The ex-LSWR Tank, a Victorian gentleman who has spent two decades in the USA, will be the first ex-main line loco to run on the former Mangotsfield to Bath branch since the line closed in 1972.

Built at Christmas 1905, the loco spent its working life in the Bournemouth area but fortunately, when scrapped in 1964, was purchased as a static American exhibit in Vermont.

It boarded a freighter back to Britain six years ago where it was restored at the ex-GWR workshops at Swindon.

Based at the Swanage Railway, it will be moved by road to Bitton during mid-November for a two month stay.


4920 ‘Dumbleton Hall’ climbing away from Goodrington Station with an afternoon working from Paignton to Kingswear Sunday 19 September, 1993.  All trains were very well filled, and the Luncheon service fully booked.  (Photo: John Gosling.


Freight action at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – Ivatt No.46521 delights the paparazzi shunting at Toddington at the photographers’ special.  (Photo: Steve Standbridge.


A timeless study as ex GWR Manor Class 4-6-0 ‘Foxcote Manor’ climbs away from Berwyn on the Llangollen Railway, completely dwarfed by the forests of conifers that surround it.  ( Photo: John Fairclough


Unusual coupling of newly restored Standard Class5 No.73096 to Bulleid Light Pacific West Country Class 34105 ‘Swanage’ at Ropley on October 1st 1993.  This is probably the first incident of the pairing of two locomotives of these classes in railway preservation history.  (Photo: Mervyn Turvey.


Guaranteed to return to all of its glory but maybe not in this livery, the T9 stands at Swanage in 1992.  Work will commence as soon as it is possible to move the locomotive to the new engineering workshops in a nearby industrial estate.  (Photo: Martin Turvey.


Tanfield Triumphant.  Masquerading as scrapped sister No.20 on Hobson Bank, Austerity 0-6-0ST ‘Gamma’ (ex Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham) hammers up the 1 in 40 incline into Andrewshouse Station and upwards to Sunnyside with a lengthy rake of coal hoppers and waggons in tow and Museum Engineer Ian Cowen at the regulator on Saturday 23 October 1993.

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – More LNER

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies


The Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway


Bowling Station:

The Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway (C&DJR) was a Scottish railway opened in 1850 between Bowling and Balloch via Dumbarton. The company had intended to build to Glasgow but it could not raise the money.

Other railways later reached Dumbarton, and the C&DJR was taken over by the larger Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway in 1862. It later became simply a branch of the larger North British Railway network.

When the rival Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway proposed a line to Balloch running close nearby, agreement was reached to make part of the former C&DJR line jointly owned, and this was done in 1896, forming the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway.

Most of the original C&DJR line continues in use at the present day.

Important note: the spelling Dumbartonshire was consistently used in official documentation in the nineteenth century, notwithstanding the later use of Dunbartonshire for the county.

London Midland & Scottish and London & North Eastern Railway poster promoting Scotland for holidays. Showing a couple enjoying the view of the lough with a boat in the background. c 1940s. Artwork by Patrick James MacIntosh.

London Midland & Scottish and London & North Eastern Railway poster promoting Scotland for holidays. Showing a couple enjoying the view of the lough with a boat in the background. c 1940s. Artwork by Patrick James MacIntosh.

Locally promoted, and authorised on 26 June 1846, capital was hard to find until a lease was taken by a steamer company.  The line ran between Glasgow and Bowling, opening from Dumbarton on 15 june1850 and being the means by which many saw Loch Lomond for the first time.  Both Caledonian Railway and Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway had routes to Dumbarton – this was the E&GR one, but before that it had combined with the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to form the Dumbartonshire Railways.

Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury & Halstead Railway.


A locomotive leaves Marks Tey station at the end of August, 1956. Picture: Amberley Publishing

Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury & Halstead Railway.

This 34¾ mile line linked Colchester and Cambridge, though authority (26 June 1846) was given only to the Marks Tey – Sudbury section at first, including the 335 yard Chappel viaduct.


Chappel Viaduct  (

Extension to Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare, with a branch from Lavenham to Bury St. Edmunds, was sanctioned on 8 June 1847 – the Act also authorised the Ipswich and Bury St. Edmunds railway to lease it. When the Eastern Union Railway amalgamated with the Ipswich & Bury St. Edmunds Railway, it repudiated the lease, but, later, reluctantly, honoured it after all.  Formal opening of the line to Sudbury was on 2 July 1849, and on to Haverhill in August 1865, where it joined the Cambridge – Haverhill section, open on 1 June.  The Company amalgamated with the Great Eastern Railway by an Act of 1 July 1898.  The East Anglian Railway Museum is established in the goods yards at Chappel & Wakes Colne.


Chappel Station, once belonging to the Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury & Halstead Railway, is now the headquarters of the East Anglian Railway Museum.  Near the doors of the GER goods shed stands a newly restored GE four-wheeled carriage.  (C.Awdrey


Deerness Valley Railway


 Ushaw Moor Station

The Deerness Valley Railway was an 8-mile long single track branch railway line that ran along the valley of the River Deerness in County Durham, England. Built by the North Eastern Railway, it ran from Deerness Valley Junction, on the Durham to Bishop Auckland line, to the coal mines along the valley via two intermediate stations, Waterhouses, and Ushaw Moor


The Deerness Valley Railway’s tortuous link with the Stockton & Darlington Railway at Crook included this timber viaduct at Ushaw Moor.  (K.L.Taylor


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