A Spring Score

Twenty in steam at Statfold, for the March Enthusiasts’ day – what a great day’s entertainment! For more on the visit to the Statfold Barn Railway, and lots of pictures, visit “A Spring Score at Statfold” on Geoff’s Rail Diaries

Ten years later

Isibutu on the balloon loopAs promised: photos etc. from Saturday’s trip to Statfold – 10 years after my first visit (how things have changed!) – now at http://geoffspages.co.uk/raildiary/statfold10years.htm

Sunshine and showers at Statfold

Sragi under the storm cloudIt was only a little one, at the start of our day – after that, plenty of sunshine and, from time to time, interesting lighting conditions. Visit “Statfold Again” on Geoff’s Rail Diaries for lots of pictures…

Narrow gauge heaven

Sragi No 1 and CSR 19 bustle along with a passenger train

Sragi No 1 and CSR 19 bustle along with a passenger train

It’s the Statfold June open day – and, as ever, there are narrow gauge steam locomotives everywhere. One on each end of the two trains on the new line, lots more on the old line – the freight has no fewer than four locomotives, two at each end. Haven’t attempted to count them – perhaps if I can’t get to sleep tonight (better than sheep…). A “Rail Diaries” page will appear in a day or two – in the meantime, here’s just one taster.

The Davenport – the photos…

AS promised, (a few) more photos of the little Davenport – and its somewhat larger companion – in action at Statfold yesterday. Visit The Davenport and the Plymouth on Geoff’s Rail Diaries.

Taking the train to Torpantau

P1210600edWe’ve been for a ride on the extended Brecon Mountain Railway. It now runs from Pant to Torpantau, a few yards south of the site of the old standard gauge station. At just under five miles, it’s a good distance for a most enjoyable 2′ gauge train ride. Visit “Brecon Baldwin” on Geoff’s Rail Diaries for more…

Another Autumn Gala: Toddington

Sena (and Stanhope, and Justine) at Toddington

Sena (and Stanhope, and Justine) at Toddington

The season continues: this weekend the Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway held its Autumn Steam Gala. Two residents – Jung “Justine” and Henschel Brigadelok “Sena” were in action, together with visiting Kerr Stuart “Stanhope” from Apedale. There’s action on the standard gauge too – two 2-8-0s, one of which has an interesting history. Visit “Little and Large at Toddington” for more…

Narrow gauge fun in the forest

BarberThe Forest of Dean is a great place for narrow gauge railways – especially when Keefs hold their annual open day. Star attraction is the completed “Barber”, the locomotive built in 1908 by T Green of Leeds for the Harrogate gas works railway – it’s ready for the journey back to South Tynedale and its return to steam. Nearby is the Lea Bailey Light Railway, where there’s a real narrow gauge industrial feel to operations. We’ll look in at Clearwell Caves too, to have a look at the locomotives there MR21282 reverses at the mine entrance(including Lea Bailey’s Hunslet), before visiting Perrygrove, where the annual gala is in full swing, with visitor St Egwyn from the Evesham Vale line. There will be a full set of photos in a day or two, when I’ve had time to put a “Rail Diaries” entry together – but not tomorrow, we’re visiting the Severn Valley for their gala…St Egwyn at Perrygrove

Statfold in September

Statfold SteamHelp! The traction engines have escaped from their field, and have wandered off into the field beside the railway. It was a bit like a herd of cows, one after another, rather hesitantly making their way from the lane, across the railway and into the stubble. They lost interest after a while and began to wander back. Yes, another great day at Statfold. Lots of photos to sort through: a selection will appear on “Geoff’s Rail Diaries”, once I’ve dealt with the pictures from yesterday’s visit to “Tracks to the Trenches”

Tracks to the Trenches…

Baldwin at Apedale…was great fun – an excellent afternoon’s entertainment provided by the Moseley Railway Trust at their Apedale Valley Railway. There really were 2’0″ gauge tracks running to real trenches, WW1-style. It’s amazing how much railway equipment (a) has survived from the First World War, and (b) was assembled at Apedale for the event.

There will be many more photos, on the Rail Diaries, in due course – but not for a day or two. Tomorrow it’s Statfold. In the meantime, here’s a sample – Baldwin 4-6-0T no. 778 (BLW 44656 of 1917) in action on the Apedale main line.

Apedale Valley Light Railway

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