Old Reliable

Author/Source: 

James Foster

Editors Notes: 

35018 "British India Line" - the first Rebuilt Bulleid Pacific - isn't proving to be worthy of that title - yet. On Friday 23rd February the engine undertook a further test run following repairs to the inside motion. Sadly, on a schedule intended to take her round the great "circle from Carnforth through Hellifield, Blackburn and Lancaster, she suffered another problem at Hellifield and returned tender first to Carnforth. Thus the following day's Winter Cumbrian Express was worked by the engine which has truly earned the title - "Jubilee" no 45699 "Galatea" which is seen storming up Shap at Shap Wells - going like a train!

More Just Seen Videos

Editors Notes:
To accompany Steam Railway's feature article in the latest edition (no. 494, on sale now) on the recent restoration to working order (or should that be "completion of its recent overhaul... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
The Glaslyn Pass is the scenic highlight of a trip on the modern Welsh Highland Railway but, in the high summer, the foliage is quite extensive, giving passengers on trains mere glimpses of the fast-... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
The fourth week of running the "Royal Windsor Steam Express" and "Sunset Steam Express" witnessed a change in boh forms of motive power for these trains as "Black 5" no... more
Author/Source:
William H Peterson
Editors Notes:
Only one original Welsh Highland Railway locomotive has survived into the preservation era. It has been restored and works on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway which has had a checkered history... more
Author/Source:
James Foster/Harry Nichols
Editors Notes:
Making a change from the usual B1 61364, Steam Dreams' un-named excursion from London Paddington to Bristol via the GWR main line and return via Salisbury had Black Five no. 44871 at the head... more
Author/Source:
Ed Hamilton
Editors Notes:
Having spent the past three years (almost to the day!) in drag as "Lord Dowding", Saphos Trains' flagship Southern Light Pacific returned to "her" true identity as no. 34046... more
Author/Source:
Mike Rosen
Editors Notes:
The second run of the Tuesday evening "circular" railtours to be run around the "Surrey Circular" route by Steam Dreams ran on 11th June 2019 and appeared to be better filled than... more
Author/Source:
Tim Merchant/Geoff Harrison
Editors Notes:
On Saturday 8th June 2019 the West Somerset Railway celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a mini-gala which extended on to the next day. The highlight of the celebrations was a 14 coach Special train... more
Author/Source:
Peter Hachard
Editors Notes:
On Tuesday 4th June 2019 Steam Dreams ran the first of a series of "short" railtours which are scheduled to run weekly until September. In the morning a one-way train runs steam-hauled from... more
Author/Source:
Jack Humphries
Editors Notes:
"Flying Scotsman" followed up its work on the "Surrey Circular" route seen in our last clip with an out-and-back trip to Salisbury. However, rather than remaining quietly in the... more
Author/Source:
James Foster