Steam Locomotives

Clan Line - The John Farrow Salute - 18.08.21
The John Farrow Salute ran on the 18th of August with 35028 Clan Line. The train started at London Victoria and went to Sherborne with an option to carry on to Yeovil Junction where the stock was serviced.
A fitting memorial trip in honor of John Farrow.
35028 was built at Eastleigh Works in 1948. After a few weeks running in, it was allocated first to Dover and then to Stewarts Lane shed in London, from where it worked heavy trains on the trunk routes to the South East Channel ports, frequently working the prestige expresses, Golden Arrow and the Night Ferry. After rebuilding in 1959, it was initially allocated to Nine Elms shed, from where it headed such trains as the Bournemouth Belle and the Atlantic Coast Express. While working the latter in 1961, it was unofficially timed at 104 mph (167 km/h) passing Axminster. On 2 July 1967, Clan Line hauled a farewell special from London Waterloo to Bournemouth and back and thus ended its British Railways career.
Duchess of Sutherland - 17.12.19
46233 Duchess of Sutherland is a London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Coronation Class engine.
Built in 1938 in Crewe Works as a high speed express passenger locomotive, 46233 hauled passenger services such as 'The Royal Scot' and 'The Mid-Day Scot' between London Euston and Glasgow Central as well as other expresses to Liverpool.
On 11 June 2002, the restored Duchess was the first steam locomotive to haul the Royal Train for 35 years, transporting Queen Elizabeth II on a tour to North Wales, from Holyhead to Llandudno Junction, as part of her Golden Jubilee.  The trip also marked the 160th anniversary of the first Royal train in 1842.
61306 Mayflower on Steam Dreams Trip - London to Bath Christmas Market - 01.12.19
(Information courtesy of Steam Dreams website)
Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.
The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.
Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.
Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and worked a number of railtours in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.
Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.
61306 Mayflower - 29.11.19
These photographs were taken this morning of Mayflower leaving Salisbury Station.

"The Swanage Belle" - 12.09.19 


Steam Locomotive No.60009 Union of South Africa in steam on the mainline, seen here passing through Ashurst in the New Forest.  Route taken was from London Victoria to Swanage and returning via Salisbury.


A4 Class Locomotive, 60009 hauling The  Torbay Express - 08.09.19

This was the Union of South Africa hauling the last Torbay Express of the 2019 season, seen here passing through Limpley Stoke.

From  Bristol Temple Meads  on its scenic journey to the West and the spectacular coastal route skirting Torquay.  


The A4 Class Locomotive 60009 on a Rail Tour Hauling a Tor from London Victoria to Weymouth - 25.07.19
Steam Locomotive No.60009 Union of South Africa back in steam on the mainline, seen here passing through Holton Heath, near Wareham.
60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive built in Doncaster in 1937.  It is one of six surviving Gresley A4s, and is currently operational and mainline certified.  It was briefly renamed Osprey during part of the 1980s and 1990s due to political opposition against apartheid South Africa at the time.
The springbok plaque on the side of the locomotive was donated on 12 April 1954 by a Bloemfontein newspaper proprietor.  Only the one plaque was fitted on the left hand side of the locomotive. Two cast Springbok plaques were given to John Cameron in the mid 1970s and these were mounted on the cabsides. They have since been removed during overhauls but the original boiler side plaque remains. 60009 is fitted with an American, Crosby chime whistle in common with other members of its class.
On 9 September 2015, 60009 hauled a train carrying H.M. Queen Elizabeth II along with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to re-open officially the Borders Railway between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank. The locomotive subsequently operated railtours on the line throughout September.  In 2017, John Cameron announced that 60009 and his other locomotive 61994 The Great Marquess were to be withdrawn at the end of 60009’s boiler ticket in 2019 and placed in the 'Farming and Railway Visiting Centre' in Fife.  In March 2019 a 12 month extension on the boiler certificate was granted.

Mayflower hauling a Steam Dreams Excursion from Chinnor to Weymouth - 27.06.19

These photographs were taken this morning near Winchester and at Ashurst Station, near Totton.

Steam locomotive No.61306 Mayflower is back in steam on the mainline and was in Chinnor and Basingstoke today.  The B1 locomotive is hauling a Steam Dreams Excursion from Chinnor to Weymouth.

The locomotive departed Chinnor, passed through Princes Risborough, Bicester Village, Oxford Parkway, Oxford, Goring & Streatley, Basingstoke, Winchester, Eastleigh, Southampton Central, Brockenhurst, Bournemouth, Poole, Wareham, Moreton and arrived in Weymouth.

The return journey saw the Mayflower depart Weymouth, then passed through Moreton, Wareham, Bournemouth, Romsey, Grateley, Basingstoke, Goring & Streatley, Oxford, Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village, Princes Risborough and Chinnor.

Ashurst Station

Opened by the Southampton and Dorchester Railway, then absorbed by the London and South Western Railway, it became part of the Southern Railway during the grouping of 1923.  The station then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

For much of its history the station was called Lyndhurst Road, renamed Ashurst (New Forest) on 24 September 1995, and was the location of a Camping coach.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Network South East until the privatisation of British Railways.

The station is some 200 to 300 yards from the village of Ashurst, and is used by visitors to the New Forest.  It is served hourly by the London Waterloo to Poole stopping services operated by South Western Railway, with some additional fast trains to London Waterloo and to Weymouth at weekday peak periods.  The services are formed of Class 444 electric multiple units, and Class 450 units.  Services were previously operated by Class 442 Wessex Electrics, which were withdrawn at the start of February 2007.  There is a self service ticket machine on the platform.


61306 was completed in April 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company.  Though built to an LNER design, it was delivered after nationalisation to British Railways.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot

April 1948 Hull Dairycoates
May 1948 Hull Botanic Gardens
June 1959 Hull Dairycoates
June 1967 Low Moor

It was withdrawn from service whilst based at Low Moor, Bradford in September 1967.  It was one of the last three B1s working, which were all withdrawn that month.  All of the three had been based at Low Moor.  Steam ceased in the Leeds and Bradford area at the end of September and Low Moor depot closed.  61306 hauled the last steam hauled portion of the Yorkshire Pullman from Bradford Exchange to Leeds on the day it was withdrawn from service.

61306 was the last B1 locomotive to run on the Great Central Railway line to Marylebone which it did in August 1966 a month before most of the line closed.

61306 was privately purchased for preservation at Steamtown Carnforth in February 1968.

At Steamtown it was painted into LNER Apple Green Livery, given the number 1306 and the name Mayflower.  1306 would have been its allocated running number had the LNER not been nationalised (most ex-LNER BR numbers being the LNER 1946 numbers with the addition of 60000), while the name Mayflower came from a scrapped BR-built Thompson B1, numbered 61379.

In 1978, it moved to the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire, where it remained until 1989, when it was taken out of service for a ten-year overhaul. Scheduled to return to Hull Dairycoates, the sale of the site meant that it moved to the Nene Valley Railway.

It was sold privately in 2006 to the Bowden family and it moved to their company, Boden Rail Engineering Ltd, in Washwood Heath, Birmingham.  In 2013, 61306 returned to steam wearing its original BR Apple Green livery and operated by West Coast Railways from their base at the former Steamtown Carnforth.

In 2014, 61306 was sold by the Boden family to David Buck, and moved to the North Norfolk Railway.  It had been undergoing preparations there for full mainline running, operating the Cathedrals Express.

After the discovery of a cracked axlebox before its intended appearance on the main line the engines bottom end is undergoing attention at Carnforth.  The boiler has been sent to Adam Dalgleish Engineering in Stockton.  These action are to ensure the reliability of the locomotive for the whole period of its boiler certificate.

The boiler underwent hydraulic and steam tests at Carnforth in December after the boiler had been extensively rebuilt by Northern Stean Engineering (formerly Adam Dalgleish Engineering).  At Carnforth the locomotive was fitted with new cylinders and valve liners and the axleboxes were re-metalled.

A return to steam in the early part of 2018 is anticipated.  It will then have a new ten year boiler certificate.

In late September the locomotive was being painted in apple green livery in readiness for returning to the main line.  The locomotive was however not ready to haul its planned main line introduction in October 2018.

At the end of November 2018 the locomotive undertook a light test run on the mainline and this was followed by a loaded test run in early the following month.  It did not return to the mainline in December 2018 as planned.

Early in February 2019 the locomotive operated its first main line service piloting 35018 British India Line from Carnforth to Carlisle over Shap and returning via the Settle route.

Mayflower was scheduled to haul an excursion in early March which was cancelled when the locomotives boiler failed.

Steam Locomotive No.34046 Braunton - near Frome - 26.06.19

These photographs were taken today near Frome.  Steam locomotive No.34046 Braunton is back in steam on the mainline.

The West Country Class locomotive was on a railtour, hauling a tour from Bristol to Weymouth.  The locomotive departed from  Bristol, passed through Keynsham, Bath Spa, Bradford-on-Avon, Frome, Castle Cary, Yeovil Pen Mill, Maiden Newton, Dorchester West and finally Weymouth.

The West Country Class

Braunton originally looked very different from the way she appears today.  She was built with an 'air-smoothed' casing, to increase the aesthetic appeal at a time when streamlining was all the rage.

When built the 'West Country' and 'Battle of Britain' classes featured a unique chain driven valve gear hidden inside the locomotive.  They were built as 'light' engines, weighing just 86 tons, so they could run over smaller railways in Cornwall and Devon, while still being able to pull express passenger trains like the 'Atlantic Coast Express' at high speed.

In the late 1950s British Railways started to rebuild the West Country and Battle of Britain classes to a more standard design, removing the casing and Bulleid design valve gear, it was Braunton's turn in January 1959.  She returned to traffic shortly afterwards and on one occasion even hauled the Royal Train!

Braunton was finally withdrawn from traffic in late 1965 and was sent to Barry scrapyard where she was to languish for many years; it was not until the early 2000's that her overhaul started.  In 2007 she returned to steam for the first time since the 1960s and, some five years later she returned to the mainline for the first time in August 2013.

Flying Scotsman 60103 - 12.04.19

These photographs were taken at Dean near Romsey.

The Flying Scotsman was heading back from Swanage on a loop past Salisbury and Andover  to Southall Wcr.

The A3 locomotive was on a light engine movement.


AVR - Mince Pie Trains - 30.12.18

After the indulgence of Christmas, Avon Valley Railway ran the 'Mince Pie Trains'.  These trains ran on Boxing Day , 29th & 30th December and again on New Years Day.

A glass of sherry (or soft drink alternative) was enjoyed together with a mince pie as you traveled the line.


The Sherborne Christmas Carols - 20.12.18

The following photographs were taken near Tisbury of SR Rebuilt Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 no 35028 Clan Line.

This trip was steam hauled: Victoria-Sherborne-Victoria.


Sovereign at Teffont Mill Crossing - 17.12.18

The following photographs were taken at Teffont Mill Crossing, between Salisbury and Yeovil.

The route was steam hauled: Alresford-Yeovil Jn-Salisbury 


The Sherborne Christmas Carols - 11.12.18

These photographs were taken today at Hurdcott Lodge Crossing between Salisbury and Yeovil with ex BR steam locomotive Stanier Black Five 44871  on route to The Sherborne Christmas Carols.

BR 44871 LMS 4871 was built at Crewe Works in 1945.  44871 has carried the name 'SOVEREIGN'.  The Stanier 4-6-0 'Black Fives' designed for passenger trains and express freight trains (mixed traffic 5MT rating).


The Cathedrals Express 'Sovereign' - 04.12.18

These photographs were taken this morning in the Wylye Valley, between Salisbury and  Bath.  BR steam locomotive Stanier Black Five 44871 'SOVEREIGN' was hauling the Cathedrals Express.

BR 44871 LMS 4871 was built at Crewe Works in 1945. 44871 has carried the name 'SOVEREIGN'.   Originally numbered 4871 by the LMS, it had 40000 added to its number under British Railways after nationalisation in 1948. 44871 was one of the last locomotives to be withdrawn from service, surviving until 1968, the last year of steam on British Railways.

The Stanier 4-6-0 'Black Fives' designed for passenger trains and express freight trains (mixed traffic 5MT rating).


LMS Coronation Class 4-6-2 no 46233 Duchess of Sutherland - Thursday 11 October 2018

These pictures were taken near Oakley, Hampshire.


The engine was heading for the Swanage Railway  as the Duchess of Sutherland is visiting the line for their Autumn Steam Gala.  The engine was showing its newly painted Crimson Lake LMS colours.


The LMS Princess Coronation locomotive is visiting from the 12th October until the 14th October 2018.

No. (4)6233 Duchess of Sutherland is an LMS Coronation Class type of steam locomotive as was built in 1938 at Crewe Works. The locomotive worked ‘The Royal Scot’ and ‘The Mid-Day Scot’ between London Euston and Glasgow Central as well as trains to Liverpool.

The locomotive worked all the way up to 1964, when it was withdrawn by British Railways and the locomotive was sold to a Butlins Camp in Scotland.  In 1996, the locomotive was acquired by The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust and returned to steam in 2001 and has since been a regular sight on the mainline.


Black Fives, Double Header Flying Through Crofton - 14.12.14 

LMS Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 Nos. 44871 and 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier' next to the Kennet & Avon Canal. 

Steam Dreams' 'The Cathedrals Express' charter from Newington to Bath and Bristol.

The Battle of Britain Class Pacific 34067 Tangmere passing through Upton Lovell - 14.12.14

Tangmere, named after the military airfield in Sussex, is a (Battle of Britain) class locomotive, completed at Southern Railway’s Brighton works in September 1947 and given the number 21C167.  Following the nationalisation of Britain’s railways Tangmere was renumbered 34067 in July 1949.

It had a main line certificate which was valid until 2018 and a boiler certificate which expires in 2021 but because of firebox problems it was withdrawn from service in 2016.  


LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado in the Wylye Valley - 04.12.10

60163 Tornado is a main line coal-fired steam locomotive built in Darlington, County Durham.  Completed in 2008, Tornado was the first such locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways in 1960. It is the only example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence, the entirety of the original production batch having been scrapped without preservation. The locomotive's namesake is the Panavia Tornado, a combat aircraft flown by the Royal Air Force.  In April 2017, Tornado became the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100 mph in over 50 years on British tracks.

I was pleased to be able to capture it through the lens coming throught the Wylye Valley.

Sir Nigel Gresley - Crofton 01.12.10

London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) A4 Class number 4498 (original), 7 (LNER 1946) and 60007 (BR), named Sir Nigel Gresley is a preserved British steam locomotive.

I was lucky to see Sir Nigel Gresley on the line at Crofton before it underwent repair at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway after its winter overhaul in 2009/10 revealed that extensive work and repair was needed on the tubing, and since then the locomotive had two other significant mechanical failures, though those were also resolved.

60007's most recent boiler ticket expired in September 2015, and the locomotive was therefore withdrawn from service for another overhaul which is being carried out in public view at the National Railway Museum in York, although the boiler has gone to the Llangollen Railway for overhaul there.

The Great Western Incursion - 20.02.10

GWR Hall Class no 4965 Rood Ashton Hall and GWR Castle Class no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe on The Great Western Incursion.  

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