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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.