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45379: Black 5

Posted: April 22, 2019 in Trains
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45379 waiting to enter Alton station

45379 waiting to enter Alton station

The Stanier Black 5’s were designed as an all purpose engine for the London Midland and Scottish Railway.


45379 was built at Newcastle in 1937 and saw service at Crewe, Rugby and Bletchley depots before being withdrawn from service in the summer of 1965. After stints at Avon Valley and Great Central railways it came to the Mid-Hants line in 2002.


Some more pictures of 4464 Bittern at the Mid-Hants Railway spring gala







It was fitting that 4464 Bittern should return to Mid-Hants railway since she was restored to mainline order at Ropley works.

4464 Bittern at Alton

4464 Bittern at Alton

4464 was built at Doncaster works in 1937, a sister to engine to the famous ‘Mallard’. In all 35 A4 pacific’s were built and of these 6 remain in preservation. Bittern now carries a plaque commemorating her part in the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s steam speed record.


4464 was initially based at Newcastle and was responsible for hauling the Flying Scotsman express between London and Newcastle. After the second world war she pulled the Talisman express from Kings Cross to Edinburgh. The A4s were replaced on these services by diesel locomotives in 1963 and 4464 went to Aberdeen to pull express services between there and Edinburgh or Glasgow. However 3 years later they were withdrawn from service.


4464 was purchased by a private owner and ran railtours but she quickly developed a cracked frame and had to be withdrawn from service and it was not until 2000 that work began at Ropley works to bring her back to running specification.She returned to service in 2007 and in 2013 she undertook 3 90mph runs as part of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s record of 126mph in 1938 (as commemorated on her new plaque). Bittern made a top speed of 93mph.

Haven’t posted much about trains recently but am looking forward to getting to some gala days this year. In the meantime here is a piece from Locoyard about the spring gala at Mid-Hants, one of my favourite heritage railways

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Tonight we are looking at my shots from this years Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala which with me being on the 35011 General Steam Navigation stand all day meant my chances to get photos were limited. That being said I had 2 photos I wanted to get at the start of the day with the first being this shot of the Mid Hants Railways newly overhauled 41312 a LMS Ivatt Class 2MT hauling the small freight set in the morning. With the overcast conditions and rain I dont think it came out that badly.

Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2016 - Ropley (9)The other photo I had in mind at the start of the day sadly didn’t turn out very well, but that being said, despite all the rain and the bitter cold it was a good gala and from my point of view being on the 35011 stand a very successful one. Below are some…

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70000 Britannia was the first of 55 Britannia class locomotives built for British Railways. She left Crewe works in January 1951 and worked out of Stratford in east London on the express services to East Anglia, most notably the Harwich boat train.


She was subsequently housed at Norwich and March depots before transferring to Midland Region in March 1963 working out of Willesden and afterwrds Crewe and Newton Heath. She was withdrawn from service in May 1966.


Britannia had an uneventful service record, the highlight of which was that in February 1952 she pulled the royal train from Sandringham to London carrying the body of King George V.


After her withdrawal she was placed in service until she was transferred to Seven Valley Railway and returned to steam. She was later to work on the Nene Valley Railway and was restored to mainline specifications in 1991 and spent 6 years hauling mainline charters.

By Nigel Power (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Nigel Power (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

IN 1997 she was withdrawn and following restoration returned to operational duties in 2011. Brittania had the honour of hauling the royal train for a second time in January 2012, this time with Prince Charles as her passenger.


Posted: April 25, 2015 in Trains
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08377 is a representative of the 996 class 08 locomotives built by British rail as a general purpose diesel shunter. The class became the work-horse of depots and sheds around the network.


08377 was built at Darlington in 1957 and initially served at Hither Green and Norwood Junction depots in London. In 1968 it was transferred to Crewe depot and then to St Blazey in Cornwall in 1975. It remained in Devon and Cornwall until its withdrawal in 1983.


It was preserved on the West Somerset Railway until its transfer to the Mid-Hants Railway in 2013


Designed by Bullied for the Southern Railway, the ‘West Country’ class locomotives were a smaller version of the ‘Merchant Navy’ Class express passenger locomotives intended for mixed traffic use.


34007 working a goods train at MId-Hants gala

34007 working a goods train at MId-Hants gala

34007 was built in 1945 at Brighton and was named ‘Wadebridge’ at a ceremony at Wadebridge station. It was initially based at Exmouth and worked in the west country till in 1951 it was transferred to Nine Elms depot in London where it worked on passenger services between London and Bournemouth, Weymouth or Salisbury. In 1964 it was briefly re-assigened to Salisbury before being withdrawn from service the following year. One of it last duties was the delivery of other engines to the scrapyards. Wadebridge was sent to Woodhams yard where it sat for 16 years until 1981 when it was finally purchased and transferred to Plym Valley railway for preservation. This was to be a long procedure during which it was also housed at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. It would be 25 years before it ran again (some 41 years after its withdrawal from BR service). It saw work on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, the Mid-Hants Railway, The Bluebell Railway and the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway before returning to the Mid-Hants. In 2007 a fire in the cab caused significant damage whioch required 6 months of repair work before it could be returned to service.

Hugh Llewelyn [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The locomotive at the front is 34053 Sir Keith Park the locomotive parked behind it is 34007 Wadebridge during its time at Woodhams
Photo by Hugh Llewelyn [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Hugh Llewelyn [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Hugh Llewelyn [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

34007 Wadebridge departs Ropley Station. Photo by Peter Trimming [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

34007 Wadebridge departs Ropley Station.
Photo by Peter Trimming [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


Posted: April 4, 2015 in History, Trains
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The 9F class were built for British railways in the 1950s as fast heavy freight locomotives. However they also saw service on passenger trains during their service.


92212 entered service in September 1958, the last of its class to do so. It was widely travelled being based at Banbury, Bath, Ebbw Vale, Birmingham Tyseley and Carnforth sheds before being withdrawn from service in January of 1968. It was sent to Woodhams scrapyard in Barry but was purchased for reservation and sent to the Great Central Railway where it was restored. It transferred to the Mid-Hants Railway and was returned to working order in 2009. It was then loaned to the Bluebell Railway until 2013 when it returned to working on the Mid-Hants line.



Posted: March 25, 2015 in Trains, Transport, UK
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925 Cheltenham was one of 40 ‘Schools Class’ locomotives built for the Southern Region and which were the most powerful locomotives in Britain at their time of operation. They were named after public schools within the Southern area.



Cheltenham was built at Eastleigh works in 1934 and performed both passenger and freight duties on the Southern region. It was withdrawn from Service in 1962.

Lord Nelson and Cheltenham dual hauling a train northbound on the Mid-Hants Railway


Following its withdrawal it was taken to Eastleigh for a light overhaul and then was on display at the national railway Museum at York until the decision was taken in 2010 to return it to working order. It was restored at Eastleigh and Ropley and entered into service in 2012 on the Mid-Hants Railway.


2 other examples of schools class locomotives are preserved, one, working, on the North York Moors railway and one, on static display, at the Bluebell Railway


Lord Nelson was the first of its class (LN class) to be built to a design of Richard Maunsell for the Southern Region . It emerged from Eastleigh works in August 1926 and was designed for pulling the express London to Dover or Southampton boat trains, although later they could be found on other express passenger services. In all 16 were constructed and all were named after famous admirals.


Lord Nelson enters station alongside SR 925 Cheltenham

Lord Nelson enters station alongside SR 925 Cheltenham

850 was withdrawn in August 1962 and purchased by the National Railway Museum for preservation and use on main-line railtours. It was restored at Carnforth in 1979 and again in 1997 at Eastleigh, in between seeing service on mainline tours. In February 2009 it was sent to the Mid-Hants Railway for use on services there.