Miscellaneous Steam

Rocket National Railway Museum 10 November 1996

The loco that most people think started it all, except that this isn't the original Rocket, and it certainly wasn't the first steam locomotive. The 1979 built replica of Robert Stephenson's 1829 original is picture inside the National Railway Museum at York on 10 November 1996. Steam locos had been around for a couple of decades by the time the Liverpool & Manchester Railway opened, but Rocket was a notable step forward compared with previous designs, including such features as a blastpipe and a multi tube boiler.

1 Didcot Railway Centre 5 May 2013

0-4-0ST No. 1 Bonnie Prince Charlie rests inside the Great Western Society's shed at Didcot Railway Centre on 5 May 2013, in the company of GWR 0-4-0ST 1340 Trojan. Despite its name, Bonnie Prince Charlie has no Scottish connections, and was built in 1951 by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns for use in a gas works at Poole.

5 Beamish 5 September 2004

Stockton Ironworks 0-4-0ST 5 Malleable is a typical example of a small industrial steam locomotive from the Edwardian years. This loco is of slightly dubious ancestry, but was presumably constructed around 1900. Still awaiting restoration (which may be a long time coming), it is seen here at Beamish on 5 September 2004.

8 Murton 29 June 2008

0-4-0ST No. 8 does a spot of shunting at Murton, on the Derwent Valley Railway on 29 June 2008. This locomotive was built by Barclays of Kilmarnock in 1955 for the National Coal Board. It worked in Scotland until being bought for preservation in 1982 by the Hull Locomotive Preservation Group.

15 Hailes 24 May 2009

1943 built Hunslet 0-6-0ST 15 heads south past Hailes on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 12:52 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on 24 May 2009, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 25th anniversary 'Cotswold Festival of Steam'. The loco is wearing the livery of the Wemyss Private Railway, where it worked the extensive colliery lines between 1964 and 1971. Previous to that it had belonged to the Ministry of Defence. It is pictured here on its penultimate working before being named Earl David at Toddington later in the afternoon.

70 Chinnor Hill 17 October 1999

1921 built Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T No.70 and its two coach train look tiny, when viewed from the top of Chinnor Hill on 17 October 1999, during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Gala Weekend. It is working a Thame Junction to Chinnor train, and has just passed Wainhill.

98 Long Marston 3 October 1987

Now that's what you call a headboard! Hunslet 0-6-0ST 98 Royal Engineer hauls a demonstration freight around the Long Marston Army Depot on 3 October 1987, as part of the open day celebrating 200 years of the Royal Engineers, or more correctly 200 years since the Corps of Engineers gained the Royal prefix.

1800 Hailes 2 January 1995

With snow still lying on the ground, and a clear blue sky, Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1800 Robert Nelson No.4 makes a fine start to the photographic year as it approaches Hailes on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 11:00 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Mince Pie Special' on 2 January 1995.

1800 Didbrook 2 January 1995

Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1800 Robert Nelson No.4 rounds the curve past the village of Didbrook on 2 January 1995 with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 12:00 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Mince Pie Special'.

1800 Hailes 2 January 1995

Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1800 Robert Nelson No.4 emerges from the underneath the road bridge at Hailes, and passes the newly erected Toddington fixed distant signal on 2 January 1995 as it works the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 13:00 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Mince Pie Special' on 2 January 1995.

1800 Hailes 2 January 1995

With snow visible on the Cotswold Hills in the background, Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1800 Robert Nelson No.4 passes Hailes on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 14:00 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Mince Pie Special' on 2 January 1995.

1800 Hailes 2 January 1995

With the very last rays of the setting sun tingeing the exhaust pink, and a little Christmas snow still lying on the ground, Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1800 Robert Nelson No.4 approaches Hailes on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 15:30 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Mince Pie Special' on 2 January 1995. The use of a 200mm lens was not only to compress the perspective and make the exhaust look more impressive, but it was necessary, as the track in the immediate foreground was in shade due to the low angle of the sun.

1800 Didbrook 6 May 1996

In a lucky burst of sunshine, under a stormy sky, 1936 built Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1800 Robert Nelson No.4 passes Didbrook on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 11:50 Toddington to Far Stanley service on 6 May 1996. This loco originally worked in the Hilton Main & Holly Bank Collieries, in the Black Country.

1976 Cholsey 29 February 1992

To celebrate the centenary of Cholsey station, the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway used Peckett 0-4-0ST No.1976 on a series of shuttles along their line on 29 February 1992. With an appropriate headboard the loco is seen approach Cholsey, viewed from the preserved line's single overbridge.

2409 Didbrook 12 March 2000

In sparkling condition after just having emerged from an extensive overhaul, Hunslet 0-6-0ST 2409 King George makes a spirited departure from Toddington and approaches Didbrook on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 15:45 Toddington to Gotherington service on 12 March 2000. For once the smoke is blowing in exactly the right direction! A DMU took over this service at Winchcombe.

2655 Hailes 8 December 1991

Bagnall 0-6-0ST 2655 Byfield No.2 passes Hailes on 8 December 1991 with the 12:00 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Santa Special'. This loco was one of six ordered by the Ministry of Supply in 1942 for use in the Byfield ironstone quarries in Northamptonshire. It was purchased by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in 1986.

3806 Norchard 18 August 1978

Early preservation days on the Dean Forest Railway. Minus its coupling rods, and still in the faded light green livery that it wore during its time at a Staffordshire Colliery, 1953 built Hunslet 0-6-0ST 3806 is pictured at Norchard on 18 August 1978. It had arrived at the railway two years earlier, being one of the line's first acquisitions. It subsequently became much more famous, being named 'Wilbert' by the Reverend W. Awdry, creator of the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stories.

3810 Buckfastleigh 1 May 1994

1954 built Hunslet 0-6-0ST 3810 Glendower engages in a spot of shunting at Buckfastleigh on 1 May 1994. Glendower was built for the Ministry of Supply, and spent its working life with the National Coal Board. It arrived at the South Devon Railway (or Dart Valley Railway, as it was then) in 1978.

7409 Marley Hill 8 August 1999

Marley Hill engine shed, on the Tanfield Railway, pictured on 8 August 1999. In the foreground is 1948 built Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-4-0ST No.7409 Sir Cecil A Cochrane. Behind it, undergoing a repaint is Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel No.35, while on the left is 1923 built Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST Stagshaw.

WD152 Parkend 16 July 2017

Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Austerity 0-6-0ST WD152 Rennes commences its run round at Parkend, after arriving with the 11:10 service from Norchard on 16 July 2017. It is approaching the level crossing at the present northern limit of the Dean Forest Railway.

WD152 Lydney Junction 16 July 2017

Conversation piece at Lydney Junction on 16 July 2017. 1944 built Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Austerity 0-6-0ST WD152 Rennes has just run round its train, in preparation for working the 12:25 Dean Forest Railway service to Parkend.

WD192 Havenstreet 29 May 2013

Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST WD192 Waggoner arrives at Havenstreet on 29 May 2013 with the 12:17 Smallbrook Junction to Wootton Isle of Wight Steam Railway service. Waggoner was built in 1953 for the army, and remained with them until 1984, when it moved to the (now closed) Museum of Army Transport at Beverley.

WD198 Ashey 31 May 2013

Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST WD198 Royal Engineer rounds the curve near Ashey, on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, with the 11:02 Smallbrook Junction to Wootton service on 31 May 2013. Unlike a lot of preserved railways, the Isle of Wight line exclusively uses vintage coaches, although some of the locos are not quite so old, as in this case!

75008 Dreason (Charlie's Gate) 26 September 1993

Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST 75008 Swiftsure passes Dreason (Charlie's Gate) on 26 September 1993 with the 15:15 Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General service. 485 of these locomotives were produced between 1943 and 1964. 75008 (works number 2857) was one of the earliest, being delivered to the War Department in 1943. Like a lot of ex-industrial steam locos, it has moved around the various preserved railways, and is no longer at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. In 2016 it can be found at the Nene Valley Railway.

3672 Thomason Foss 10 July 1994

War Department Austerity 2-10-0 3672 Dame Vera Lynn passes Thomason Foss on 10 July 1994 with the 11:50 Grosmont to Pickering service. The North Yorkshire Moors Railways has some excellent photographic locations, and this is one of the best, although on this occasion unfortunately the weather was not co-operating!

90775 Darnholm 6 May 1995

War Department Austerity 2-10-0 90775 passes Darnholm, on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 6 May 1995 with the 09:50 Grosmont to Pickering service. Although pictured here in the early British Railways livery, this is not historically correct, as this loco never saw BR service. It was exported to Greece after the war, and was later repatriated for preservation, taking the number 90775 - one higher than the last genuine BR locomotive.