Category Archives: Steam Preservation in the 1980s & 1990s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s – September 24, 1993

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

September 24, 1993

A few photographs from this old publication

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s – October 1, 1993

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

October 1, 1993

A few photographs from this old publication

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s – October 8, 1993 Part 2

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

October 8, 1993, Part 2

Another batch of photographs from the same publication.

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s – October 8, 1993

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

October 8, 1993

A few photographs from this old publication

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s (October 1993)

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s

(October 1993)

Some more old press cuttings

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s

More from 1993, including some narrow gauge.

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Picture shows:  Happy birthday M & GNR.  The National Railway Museum’s J52 No.1247 simmers and waits for the right away and double head back to Sheringham with visiting Severn Valley Jinty No.47383.  (Photo: Steve Allen.

mendip-steam-dreamThe Stroudley tank was at the Railway Preservation Society Midlands Division at Hednesford for a while, then moving to Chasewater, although it never steamed at either venue.

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The water tank insideNo.828’s tender had developed a leak and she lost much of the water taken on at Yeovil.  It was repaired by welding, received a sonic test and a complete coat of paint inside.  Subject to British Railways examiners being satisfied, it should have been back at work within a couple of days.

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 1990s

From 1993

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Pannier tank No.4698 blasts out of Norchard Centre on the Dean Forest Railway in charge of a freight charter.  (Photo: Robin Stewart-Smith

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New star for Gwili.  Severn Valley’s small prairie tank No.4566 which will get star billing at South Wales Gwili Railway next season (1994).  ( Photo: John Fairclough.

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 90s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s and 90s

More photos from 1993

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

Some more of my favourite photos from a few years ago.7298-berwyn

Former London, Midland & Scottish Fowler 0-6-0 tank No.7298 putting up a show as it blasts away from Berwyn on the Llangollen Railway.  Photo: John Fairclough.

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Pulling power of steam.  Steam on the main line still creates quite a sensation – look at the crowds admiring Coronation Class No.46229 ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ pulling away from Llandudno Junction bound for Holyhead.  Photo:  Gwyn Roberts.

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Freight session ends the season.

Visiting Orenstein & Koppel No.11 ‘PC Allen double heads with resident Jung No.7 ‘Justine’ on a short goods train at the North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway in Toddington.  Photo:  Steve Standbridge.

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With the autumnal gloom descending fast. Ex Somerset & Dorset Railway 2-8-0 No.5309 hustles its train over Brooksbottom Viaduct in search of Ramsbottom on the East Lancashire Railway’s 4.00pm service.  Photo: John Fairclough.

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Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

Railway Preservation in the 1980s & 90s

A few more photos from 1993.

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60132 ‘Blue Peter’ on the 14.00 dep. Approaching Kinneil Station during the Bo’ness Gala.  Picture – Robin Stewart-Smith.

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Julie Roper’s award winning photo from 1993.  Taken at 8.45 am on a freezing January morning at Burrs on the East Lancashire Railway.

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Most preserved railways use the closed winter season for the type of permanent-way works which would have interfered with passenger services during the summer months – but few could give their trackmen this type of view with every shovel-full!  Here we see Hunslet Diesel Hydraulic ‘Ninian’ in charge of a works train near the summit of the only rack and pinion public railway in Britain – The Snowdon Mountain Railway – which starts at Llanberis, North Wales.    Photo Gerald Webster.

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