Heljan unveils North British / Ivatt 10800 ‘wonder engine’ diesel in 00

Heljan have today announced they are to produce the North British 10800 800hp prototype diesel. Although not strictly a Southern Region Locomotive, 10800 did see trials on the Southern Region in 1952, as described below. Known by many of the Southern Region steam enginemen on the Central section at the time as the "Wonder Engine" … Continue reading Heljan unveils North British / Ivatt 10800 ‘wonder engine’ diesel in 00

Operation Dynamo; not just small ships…the Southern Railway played its part…80 years on

Following on from marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe day earlier this month on 8th May, today marks 80 years on since the evacuation of Allied soldiers commenced from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. This is essentially a repost from 5 years ago but … Continue reading Operation Dynamo; not just small ships…the Southern Railway played its part…80 years on

New Dunkirk film released, time to remember Operation Dynamo; the Southern Railway played its part

This week sees the release of a new blockbuster style film 'Dunkirk'; directed by Briton Christopher Nolan, whose stars include Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and some singer or other Harry Styles (I didn't think I would ever include his name in a post on here!); is of course about the the evacuation of … Continue reading New Dunkirk film released, time to remember Operation Dynamo; the Southern Railway played its part

Operation Dynamo; not just small ships…the Southern Railway played its part

This weekend sees a number of events taking place to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May and 4 June 1940. The Dunkirk evacuation, code named Operation Dynamo, was decided upon when large numbers of British, French, and Belgian troops were cut off … Continue reading Operation Dynamo; not just small ships…the Southern Railway played its part