A life-long interest of mine has been in Railways and
The Severn Valley Railway is not that far from my home.
On a damp, misty day, I took the above picture from
a Northbound Train as we paused at Hampton Loade,
This shows a Pannier Tank waiting for the "Right Away" on
a Southbound Train, re-creating a scene from yesteryear.
The above picture takes us back to the early 1960s.
Sometimes, on a Sunday, I would ride my bicycle to
Bescot Locomotive Shed. On this occasion, there were
a couple of 0-6-0s in the sunshine. I think they may
have arrived there after taking an excusion to Dudley
for the Zoo. There was a variety of motive power used
on these trains, including "Black Fives" and "Jubilees".
Talking of the Dudley Zoo Specials, I took the above
picture, which could be of one of these trains.
It was in charge of a Jubilee 4-6-0, which I believe to be
No. 45593 "Kolhapur".
The train appears to be a return working of one of these
It is on the South Staffs Line approaching Leighswood Sidings,
working hard up the hill, through Pelsall, on it's way back
Whilst visiting relatives in Canada I had an interest
in the railways there. I took the above picture during
a visit to Jasper, Alberta.
In the picture, which was taken on September 12th 2009,
a "Double Stack", hauled by three locomotives is entering
the station area heading West.