The Last Time

Author/Source: 

Tom Harrison

Editors Notes: 

For the last time - at least for a while - the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a railway which had a highly successful year in 2018, sported two of William Stroudley's charismatic little "Terrier" class A1X tanks as no W8 "Freshwater" would be withdrawn after the last train on 5th August for a 10 year boiler overhaul. Looking as if it had just been put back into traffic rather than being about to be taken out of it, the little engine is seen in the company of its sister no W11 (nameless at present) and then alone at Ashey and departing from Havenstreet on its final working day. This engine has had one of the most varied careers of any British locomotive, being owned by the LBSCR, the LSWR, the Freshwater & Yarmouth Railway, the Southern Railway and BR before becoming a pub sign and, eventually, a working engine once again on The Island!

More Just Seen Videos

Editors Notes:
Looking only slightly incongruous in Yorkshire, the GWS' Large Prairie no 4144 in its early BR livery - with "British Railways" spelt out in traditional GWR style - is seen coming off... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
The West Somerset Railway didn't exactly have a great deal to cheer about in 2019, its 40th Anniversary year. Despite its financial troubles it did manage to put on an Anniversary Gala and the... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
Always a highlight of the year, the annual "Great Britain" tour, the twelfth iteration, was beset with problems due to the changing availability of locomotives. We've previously seen... more
Author/Source:
Bob Avery / Ken Harrison
Editors Notes:
During the barren month of January for main line steam railtours there has often been a diesel highlight to lift the gloom and it's often been the Hastings Unit that does it. Once again it... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
One of the outstanding events (or, rather, another of them - 2019 had so many) of the Spring was the first double-headed run of the two Lynton & Barnstable replica locomotives, Lyn and Lyd, which... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
The Dart Valley Railway opened to the public in 1969 so a massive 9 day event was held to celebrate the South Devon Railway's Golden Jubilee in the early summer of 2019. The company had to... more
Author/Source:
Joe Lee
Editors Notes:
Probably the outstanding event in the heritage railway world of 2019 was the infilling of a "hole" in the history of Great Western 4-6-0 history - the launch of the Great Western society... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
Christmas markets seem to be everywhere these days. One of the earliest (British) ones is that at Bath which has been held for the past 15 years and is recognised as one of the best in the country.... more
Author/Source:
Ken Harrison
Editors Notes:
Two LNER locomotives have recently suffered a number of annoyingly-difficult-to-sort problems and their trains have been diesel hauled or cancelled. Rather than show you diesel substitutes we are... more
Author/Source:
James Foster
Editors Notes:
Once again, rather than showing various trains with rather unrailway like "Santa" decorations, we look back over an eventful year on the railways of Great Britain, starting with the welcome... more
Author/Source:
Tom Hatchet