And now for something different… Southern related influences up t’north… some bank holiday reading

With this weekend being a bank holiday, with so far some typical overcast weather (at least it's not raining yet...), I thought I would provide some light reading based on my trip away, with the 35011 General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society last weekend, to some of Yorkshire's railway attractions where I was able to … Continue reading And now for something different… Southern related influences up t’north… some bank holiday reading

Smoke & Steam, new quarterly ‘bookazine’ includes a number of Southern related articles

A brand new quarterly 'bookazine' from Warners called 'Smoke & Steam' is published on 30th April.  It features some of the most famous – and not so famous – routes, featuring locomotive legends. With in-depth articles, including a few Southern related, explaining some of the most important moments of Britain’s railway history from a variety … Continue reading Smoke & Steam, new quarterly ‘bookazine’ includes a number of Southern related articles

Daffodils and Easter wishes

The daffodils are in bloom this Easter as LSWR B4 'Guernsey' in early Southampton Docks lined green livery shunts at Canute Road Quay. May the angels protect you, may the sadness forget you, may goodness surround you and may your God always bless you. The budding trees, the new flowers, and birds that sing, whisper … Continue reading Daffodils and Easter wishes

58 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report

It is fifty eight years to the day when Dr Richard Beeching's report "The Reshaping of British Railways" was officially published on the 27th March 1963. This is a sneaky repeat post from eight years ago on the fiftieth anniversary, buts its still spoken about, with many opinions to this to this day, and currently … Continue reading 58 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report

The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society @35011gsn feature in the latest Railway Mania podcast @railwaymanianet. Also a chance to become a Trailing Truck Transformer

Railway Mania Podcast The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society feature in the latest Railway Mania podcast, episode 17. The 90-minute podcast features myself and two fellow Society Trustees,  Andrew Collett and Steve Rapley (CME) with Corwin Bainbridge discussing our project to restore 21c11 / 35011 back to original condition complete with Bulleid’s chain driven valve … Continue reading The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society @35011gsn feature in the latest Railway Mania podcast @railwaymanianet. Also a chance to become a Trailing Truck Transformer

Christmas in lockdown at Canute Road Quay

It is certainly going to be a different Christmas for many this year, it is not cancelled but just needs to be celebrated in a different way, especially if like me you have gone from Tier 2 through to Tier 4 in less than 48 hours! As the festive season and New Year break is … Continue reading Christmas in lockdown at Canute Road Quay

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today #Remembrance #lestweforget

Marking the occasion will be somewhat different this year due to obvious circumstances. If you so wish, wear a poppy with pride today, but please pause respectfully for two minutes at 11 am this Remembrance Sunday and for Armistice Day on Wednesday remembering all those, both service and civilian personnel whom have given their lives … Continue reading When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today #Remembrance #lestweforget

Hornby Magazine September issue 159 – Modelling Guide – Southern Region

Published today is the September issue of Hornby Magazine no.159. included with the main magazine is a 32 page supplement "Modelling Guide - Southern Region." The initial 6 page article settinging the scene and historical background to the Southern Region has been penned by yours truly! It was quite a challenge to keep such a … Continue reading Hornby Magazine September issue 159 – Modelling Guide – Southern Region

Bachmann Product Announcements – Autumn 2020 – introducing a new brand EFE Rail

Bachmann Europe advised at the start of the year, before the advent of Covid-19 a change to the way they make product announcements and that they would take place every quarter revealing new items that would be actually available in the following three months. The aim was that they would hold a product showcase event … Continue reading Bachmann Product Announcements – Autumn 2020 – introducing a new brand EFE Rail

COVID19, exhibitions, mental health and life changes…

I will start by apologising that this post is not really about model railways (but a little creeps in along with 12" to the foot railways!) Restrictions due to COVID19 has prevented model railway clubs and societies having their usual meetings, let alone model railway exhibitions from going ahead. This meant that appearances of Canute … Continue reading COVID19, exhibitions, mental health and life changes…