Miniature

4473 Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5 September 1999

The Blackpool Pleasure Beach Express Railway's 4-6-4T steam outline diesel loco 4473 Carol Jean starts out on another circuit of the line on 5 September 1999. This and 4-6-2 4472 Mary Louise were the railway's original locomotives, both built in 1933. In the background is the line's other steam outline locomotive, 4-6-2 6200 Princess Royal. Leaning out of the cab is the line's regular driver (since retired), Teddy Askey MBE, whose diminutive stature was ideally suited to the confined space within the 21 inch gauge loco's cabs. The floral display on the left looks conventional, but I'm not sure about the cabbages and onions on the right! I don't normally take pictures of locos with faces on the front, but bearing in mind this line's location, it does seem appropriate!

4 Aylsham 30 May 2014

The Bure Valley Railway's 0-4-0 diesel loco No.4 stands in front of the shed at Aylsham on 30 May 2014, while steam loco No.7 Spitfire simmers away behind. No.4 was built by Hudson Hunslet in 1954, as a two foot gauge locomotive. It is employed on the Bure Valley as the Aylsham pilot and general shunter.

6 Brampton 1 June 1997

Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 No.6 Blickling Hall passes Brampton on 1 June 1997 with the 15:30 Aylsham to Wroxham service. This loco was built in 1994, and is a half size replica of the 2' 6" gauge Indian ZB class. The initial design was not a success, and the loco has been rebuilt since this picture was taken, with various modifications improving its performance enormously.

6 Coltishall 1 June 1997

Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 Winson Engineering built 6 Blickling Hall passes Coltishall on 1 June 1997 with the final train of the day, the 16:35 Wroxham to Aylsham service. This 15" gauge line is laid on the trackbed of the Midland and Great Northern Railway line which closed in the 1950s. This explains the standard gauge overbridge seen in this view. A popular cycle track parallels the line for much of its length, which does tend to limit the number of photographic vantage points.

6 Belaugh Green 12 May 2008

Plenty of signs of spring on the Bure Valley Railway on 12 May 2008, as 2-6-2 Winson Engineering built 6 Blickling Hall approaches Belaugh Green Crossing with the 16:35 Wroxham to Aylsham service. It is obviously a little early in the season for walkers or cyclists to be using the adjacent footpath, as not one person passed while I was waiting for this train.

7 Aylsham 30 May 2014

Complete with inelegant chimney extension, Bure Valley Railway 2-6-2 No.7 Spitfire has steam up, as it stands in front of the shed at Aylsham on 30 May 2014 in the company of 0-4-0 diesel No.4. Spitfire was built by Winson Engineering in 1994.

9 Wroxham 30 May 2014

Bure Valley Railway 2-6-4T No.9 Mark Timothy slowly moves onto the turntable at Wroxham on 30 May 2014, after arriving with the 15:30 service from Aylsham. Just visible on the right is the Norwich to Sheringham standard gauge line, now branded as the 'Bittern Line'.

Siān Cleethorpes 27 July 1997

1963 Guest Engineering built 2-4-2 Siān is pictured next to the dunes on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway on 27 July 1997. Siān spent the first twenty years of her life on the Fairbourne Railway, moving to pastures new when that line took the dramatic step of regauging from 15" to 12¼". The loco has also spent time on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

3 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

The Evesham Vale Light Railway's 1970 built Severn Lamb 0-6-2 3 Dougal runs through the orchard (note the fallen apples on the grass and ballast), just after starting out from the line's headquarters (Twyford station) with the first train of the day, the 10:30 departure, on 2 October 2016. In the background, one of the line's diesel locos, 452280 Cromwell can be seen.

3 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

Severn Lamb 0-6-2 3 Dougal rounds the balloon loop at the southern end of the Evesham Vale Light Railway on 2 October 2016, with the 11:00 departure from Twyford station. This was the second train of the day. After a sunny start, there were now some large clouds building up, as can be seen in the background.

300 Evesham Vale 1 April 2017

The Evesham Vale Light Railway's 0-4-2T 300 Monty heads back towards Twyford station with the 14:00 service on 1 April 2017. Just behind the train is the point where the balloon loop starts. This view is looking south east, with the Vale of Evesham in the background, and the Cotswold Hills in the far distance.

300 Evesham Vale 1 April 2017

The Evesham Vale Light Railway's 0-4-2T 300 Monty gets under way with the 14:30 departure on 1 April 2017, unfortunately just as the sun started to disappear. However, as can be seen from the clouds in the background, it would later get an awful lot darker! Monty was built by the Exmoor Steam Railway in 1996.

JGF4 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

It seems to be something of a tradition that the smallest diesel locos on many narrow gauge and miniature railways have less than flattering names. The Evesham Vale Light Railway's contribution to this genre is 1955 built Lister 4wDM JGF4 Sludge. It is seen here basking in the autumnal sunshine on 2 October 2016.

452280 Evesham Vale 2 October 2016

1984 built Ruston & Hornsby 4wDH 452280 Cromwell stands in the sunshine at the Evesham Vale Light Railway on 2 October 2016. The railway's two road engine shed can be seen in the background. The loco had previously been resident at Littlecote House, and Markeaton Park. It was regauged and converted to hydraulic transmission by Alan Keef.

24 Fairbourne 27 July 1997

Fairbourne Railway built 2-6-2 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes No.24 waits next to the dunes on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway on 27 July 1997. The Spurn Head lighthouse can just be seen in the distance on the horizon above the loco's chimney, on the other side of the mouth of the River Humber.

Mountaineer Cleethorpes Lakeside 19 April 2014

The driver of Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway 0-4-0 Mountaineer seems happy enough, as the 13:35 Kingsway to Humberston North Sea Lane service leaves Cleethorpes Lakeside station on 19 April 2014. The loco was built by Wilhelm Van den Heiden in 1972.

4 Cleethorpes Lakeside 19 April 2014

Former Sutton Miniature Railway railcar No.4 is pictured in the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway museum at Cleethorpes Lakeside station on 19 April 2014. While a lot of miniature railway diesel locos and railcars only have a passing resemblance to their main line equivalents, this is a fairly passable representation of a streamlined GWR diesel railcar.

6284 Cleethorpes Lakeside 19 April 2014

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway 2-8-0 6284 arrives at Cleethorpes Lakeside station on 19 April 2014 with the 15:15 Kingsway to Humberston North Sea Lane service. The loco is based on the Robinson designed heavy freight loco, originally introduced by the Great Central Railway in 1911. This particular loco is slightly more modern, having been built in 2009!

Badger Skelmanthorpe 21 September 1997

The fifteen inch gauge Kirklees Light Railway runs along the course of the Clayton West Branch, which was closed by British Rail in 1983. On 21 September 1997, 0-6-4ST Badger departs from Skelmanthorpe station with the 15:00 Clayton West to Shelley service. Badger was built especially for the line in 1991.

Lydia Perrygrove 16 July 2017

A cheery wave from the driver of Alan Keef 2-6-2T Lydia, as it emerges from the trees, and passes underneath the footbridge on the Perrygrove Railway on 16 July 2017. It is working the 13:50 Perrygrove to Oakiron service, on the line's ¾ mile route, which includes several sharp curves, and gradients as steep as 1 in 29. Although this picture looks like it was taken with flash, that is purely the effect of the train coming into the relatively bright surroundings, from the really dark wood on the other side of the bridge.

Lydia Perrygrove 16 July 2017

Plenty of well tended hanging baskets, but not a single passenger in sight! Alan Keef 2-6-2T Lydia enters Rookwood station on 16 July 2017 with the 15:10 Perrygrove to Oakiron service. The Perrygrove Railway opened in 1996, running through farmland and woods in a delightful setting on the edge of the Forest of Dean, near Coleford. The fifteen inch gauge line runs from Perrygrove Farm, through Rookwood and Heywood stations, to Oakiron station, so named as it is the site of a former iron ore mine shaft. Lydia was built specifically for the railway in 2008.

5 Dungeness 25 July 1998

1927 built Davey Paxman & Co 4-8-2 No.5 Hercules stands at the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway's Dungeness station on 25 July 1998, with the distinctive 1961 built lighthouse in the background. Designed by Henry Greenly, Hercules was one of two locomotives with this unusual (for Britain) wheel arrangement ordered for the line, the other being No.6 Samson. Hercules was heavily modified during the Second World War for use on the line's armoured train, but luckily did not get attacked by the Luftwaffe! Incidentally, despite appearances I don't think the man on the right is the former pop impresario Jonathan King!

7 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.7 Typhoon prepares to leave New Romney station on 3 June 2013 with the first train of the day, the 09:35 to Hythe. Unfortunately this locomotive was to suffer a failure later in the day, causing it to be removed from service.

7 New Romney 3 June 2013

Running at little more than walking speed, an ailing No.7 Typhoon limps into New Romney station, on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, on 3 June 2013 with the late running 14:30 Hythe to Dungeness service. It would be removed from the train and replaced by 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill, which itself had been removed from the 14:30 Dungeness to Hythe train, which can be seen waiting to depart on the left. One of the line's diesel locomotives, No.12 John Southland had been commandeered from the weedkilling train to work this train. It's smiling driver has just acquired the token from the driver of Typhoon. Various members of the loco depot staff could be seen staring at Typhoon's motion as it pulled slowly into the station.

9 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill brings the empty stock of the 10:00 departure for Dungeness into New Romney station on 3 June 2013, passing one of the line's diesel locos, No.12 John Southland, which is parked in the siding with the weedkilling train.

9 Hythe 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill is turned on the turntable at Hythe on 3 June 2013, after arriving with the 11:00 train from Dungeness. After taking water, it would return with the 12:30 service to Dungeness.

9 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill takes water at New Romney on 3 June 2013, whilst working the 12:30 Hythe to Dungeness service. Note the very unusual lagging on the water column!

9 Dungeness 3 June 2013

Yorkshire Engine Company 4-6-2 No.9 Winston Churchill waits at Dungeness station on 3 June 2013, at the southern extremity of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway. It had just arrived with the 12:30 train from Hythe, and would soon be leaving with the 14:30 return service.

12 New Romney 3 June 2013

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has two mainline diesel locomotives, in addition to a number of small shunters. The 1983 TMA Engineering built Bo-Bo No.12 John Southland is pictured at New Romney on 3 June 2013, with the open cab door giving a good view of the interior. The loco is powered by a six cylinder Perkins diesel engine, developing 112hp.

12 Hythe 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Bo-Bo diesel locomotive No.12 John Southland stands in Hythe station on 3 June 2013, having just brought the weedkilling train (spray equipment and tank on an adapted open wagon!) in from New Romney.

12 New Romney 3 June 2013

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Bo-Bo diesel loco No.12 John Southland leaves New Romney station on 3 June 2013 with the late running 16:00 Hythe to Romney Sands service. The delay was caused by the earlier partial failure of No.7 Typhoon. However, some spirited running had seen the northbound train's 20 minutes late departure, reduced to just 7 minutes on the return.

PW1 New Romney 3 June 2013

1938 Simplex diesel mechanical 0-4-0 PW1 is the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway's oldest non steam locomotive. It is used for shunting at New Romney, and is pictured there during a break in its morning's work on 3 June 2013. In addition to this vintage loco, the RH&DR also has two other petrol shunters.

1932 Scalby Mills 28 June 2008

On 28 June 2008, Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton is turned on the turntable at Scalby Mills, on Scarborough's North Bay Railway. It had just arrived with the 13:00 train from Peasholm Park (with me on it!), and would soon be leaving with the returning 13:15 departure. Apart from the lack of exhaust and escaping steam, this loco hides its diesel engine very well, the most obvious clue being the filler on the smokebox, just behind the chimney.

1932 Beach 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton leaves the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 13:45 Scalby Mills to Peasholm Park service on 28 June 2008. It has just crossed sister loco 1933 Poseidon working the 13:45 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills train. Beach station has a strange history, having been built in 1931 along with the rest of the line, it was not used by passengers until the 1980s, when during the construction of the Sea Life Centre (the white buildings in the background) it became a temporary terminus. However, it has now been closed again, and is used purely as a passing point when the fifteen minute interval service is in operation.

1932 Northstead Manor Lake 28 June 2008

Steam outline, Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 diesel 1932 Triton runs through the trees alongside Northstead Manor Lake on the Scarborough North Bay Railway with the 15:00 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008.

1932 Beach 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton emerges from the trees and approaches the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 15:30 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008. The loop here extends a considerable distance towards Peasholm Park, Beach station being a little way around the corner. Note the dog leg trackwork!

1932 Beach 28 June 2008

In a brief burst of sunshine before the dark clouds blotted out the sun once again, Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1932 Triton leaves the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 16:30 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008. It has just crossed sister loco 1933 Poseidon working the 16:30 Scalby Mills to Peasholm Park train, which can be seen departing under the footbridge. Beach station has only been used by passengers for a short period during the 1980s when it became the line's temporary northern terminus during construction of the Sea Life Centre. Note the chair lift striding over the hill.

1933 Beach 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1933 Poseidon arrives at the disused Beach station on Scarborough's North Bay Railway with the 13:30 Scalby Mills to Peasholm Park service on 28 June 2008. Scalby Mills signal box can be seen behind the train in the background, while the modern white buildings in the background belongs to the popular Sea Life Centre. The train is just entering the passing loop, where trains cross if traffic levels dictate that the fifteen minute two train service is in operation.

1933 Northstead Manor Lake 28 June 2008

Hudswell Clarke built 4-6-2 1933 Poseidon is reflected in Northstead Manor Lake at Scarborough on the North Bay Miniature Railway, whilst working the 15:15 Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills service on 28 June 2008. Northstead Manor Gardens are a shadow of their former self, with the derelict open air theatre not having been used since 1987. Even this section of the lake has been fenced off and the few remaining hire boats now only operate on the southern section.

Bonnie Dundee Dalegarth 8 February 1997

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 0-4-2 Bonnie Dundee on the turntable at Dalegarth on 8 February 1997. Bonnie Dundee has an interesting history, being built as a 0-4-0WT by Kerr, Stuart & Co in 1901, rebuilt as a 0-4-2T and re-gauged in 1981, and then finally converted into a 0-4-2 tender loco in 1996. A fleeting patch of winter sunshine came just at the right moment for this picture.

River Mite Dalegarth 8 February 1997

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 2-8-2 River Mite stands on the turntable at Dalegarth on 8 February 1997, with the houses of Boot and the cloud shrouded Fells in the background. River Mite was built Clarkson's of York in 1966, and gained some notoriety when it was hauled from York to the railway by traction engine! The red livery is based on that of the Furness Railway.

Lady Wakefield Dalegarth 8 February 1997

A brief patch of winter sunshine shows off the red livery of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's diesel loco Lady Wakefield at Dalegarth on 8 February 1997. The loco was built by the railway in 1980 and named after the wife of the then chairman of the railway. It is powered by a Perkins diesel engine. The loco has subsequently be painted DRS blue to match the mainline diesel locos it almost meets at Ravenglass!

Princess Anne Lea Line 20 September 2003

A different kind of 'Western'! The Southport Lakeside Miniature Railway's fifteen inch gauge diesel hydraulic Princess Anne stands amid the general clutter of Alan Keef Ltd's yard at Lea Line (near Ross-on-Wye) on 20 September 2003. This strikingly liveried, and reasonably convincing replica of the Western Region's Class 52 was built by Severn Lamb in 1971.

2 Wells-on-Sea 31 May 2014

If you think a Class 66 is a 'Shed', then what about this! The Wells and Walsingham Railway's diesel loco No.2 Weasel waits at Wells-on-Sea station on 31 May 2014, prior to working the 12:00 service to Walsingham. Weasel is a 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic built by Alan Keef in 1985. It is powered by a 2 litre Perkins engine.

6 Wells-on-Sea 31 May 2014

The Wells and Walsingham Railway's 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 Garratt locomotive No.6 Norfolk Heroine is pictured inside the shed at Wells-on-Sea on 31 May 2014, while outside one of the line's diesel locos, No.2 Weasel can be seen preparing to work the 10:30 service to Walsingham. Norfolk Heroine is named after the First World War nurse Edith Cavell, who was shot by the Germans in 1915. Built as recently as 2010, the loco is one of two of these unusual and powerful articulated locomotives at work on this 10¼in gauge line.

Howard Wells Harbour 31 May 2014

With a background of typical Norfolk pantiled cottages, 0-6-0 steam outline diesel loco Howard waits at Wells Harbour station on 31 May 2014, prior to taking another load of holidaymakers along the mile long Wells Harbour Railway to Pinewoods. Howard was built in 2005 by Alan Keef.

Howard Wells Harbour 31 May 2014

The 10¼in gauge Wells Harbour Railway runs for approximately a mile alongside Beach Road, from Wells-on-Sea to the holiday camp and lifeboat station on the North Sea coast, which due to centuries of silting up, is now a considerable distance from the town. The line's 0-6-0 steam outline diesel loco Howard is pictured setting off from Wells Harbour station on 31 May 2014 with another trip to Pinewoods.