Gordon – on the Severn Valley Railway 1982
The weekend of 11/12 September, 1982 was one of the celebrated ‘Enthusiast’s Weekends on the Severn Valley Railway and, with no less than 10 steam locomotives in action, a splendid scene was presented for every lover of railways. The highlight of the Saturday was the visit of the SLOA Pullman Car Train to the SVR, as part of a day-long rail tour from London Euston to Carlisle. The task of hauling this heavy special train over the return trip from Bewdley to Bridgnorth was entrusted to the mighty ex-WD 2-10-0 No.600 ‘Gordon’.
The superlative paintwork on Car No.355 crossing the Victoria Bridge, exemplifies the fine job SLOA are achieving in re-creating a uniform rake of Pullman-liveried coaches. Photograph: George Heiron.
Slowing for the point diversion approaching Hampton Loade, there are plenty of heads evident aboard the Pullman coaches. Photograph; Hugh D.Ramsey
A couple of Isle of Man Photos
No.11 Maitland makes a vigorous departure from Douglas on 29 May, 1979, with the 2.10pm for Port Erin. Photograph: John Turner.
No.11 Maitland, again, built in 1905, makes a fine sight as it bustles through Oakhill Cutting in bright sunshine with the 10.35am from Douglas to Port Erin on 2 July, 1973. Photograph: D.T.Cobbe.
Old Photograph – Manor Class
Manor Class 4-6-0 No.7805 Broome Manor skirts the Dawlish sea wall on 26 July, 1953, heading a westbound engineers’ train, which comprises a fine collection of rolling stock. Photograph: Geoff Rixon.
Old Steam Loco – McIntosh 0-4-4T
It is a long time since a McIntosh ‘standard passenger’ 0-4-4T shunted empty coaches at Inverness, but here is Caledonian Railway 2P No.55199 doing just that on September 4th 1960. The Aberdeen to Inverness DMUs were fairly new to this route in those days, and the front of one of these distinctively-liveried units can be glimpsed in the background, under a truly magnificent battery of signal arms! Photo: B.Perryman.
More from Neil Clarke’s Collection
Photos taken around the 1990s/2000s
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The Nene Valley Railway
Step back in time as you climb aboard a heritage steam or diesel train. Relax in our restored wooden panelled coaches or compartments and be taken back to the heyday of the golden age of steam.
Our line travels through our tunnel, built in 1845, to our country station at Yarwell on the Northamptonshire border. Use the train as a base to explore our stations at Wansford, Overton (For Ferry Meadows) with its country park, Orton Mere and its riverside walks and lakes, and our station in Peterborough where you can take time to explore the Cathedral, resting place of Katherine of Aragon and former resting place of Mary Queen of Scots, which dates back to 654 AD.
We are based near Peterborough, close to the boundaries of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Cambridgeshire, the railway’s proximity to both the A1 and A47 means it is within easy reach of the Midlands and beyond. We run a regular steam train service and occasional diesel hauled services.
Take a look at our attractions!
Running every weekend with some midweek services Click here for our running days
The last of the Marlow Photos
Marlow in June 1952. 1448 in the station (the engine was still a regular at Slough in 1955, accompanied by 1411, 1437 and 1450). Photo: R.C.Riley.