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Spa Valley Railway Diesel Gala 11th & 12th March 2017

The Spa Valley Railway diesel gala saw 31289’s return to traffic for the 2017 season. Having watched the live start-up courtesy of someone’s Facebook Live post, all looked good when we got there and the cloud of white ‘289 had spluttered out had dissipated. Locos in use of the weekend were: D3489, D9537, 31289, 33063 Read the Rest…

Weardale Railway 11th February 2017

Outings for anything at the Weardale Railway, other than on their festive Polar Express trains, are quite rare; yet in February 2017 the Weardale Railway advertised two running days, one involved T&T 47’s but the other involved the first workings of Harry Needle Railroad Co. (HNRC) 31465 since it had been bought it from Network Read the Rest…

Great Central Railway (GCR) 15th July 2016

On the back of their successful “mileage” running days in 2015 the Great Central Railway (GCR) organised a series of running days for certain locos during the 2016 season and it was the turn of 31563 on Friday 15th July. Like the previous year the GCR would run 6 round trips but unlike the previous Read the Rest…

East Lancs Railway (ELR) Diesel Gala July 8th & 9th 2016

The East Lancs Railway (ELR) Summer Diesel Gala was held over the weekend of 8th to 10th July 2016. The list of locos attending and timetable produced can be found below: I planned to attend on Friday & Saturday and my time there on Friday was rather brief really as after 31162 had done its Read the Rest…

Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala 19th to 21st May 2016

The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) had basically one of the grandest diesel galas in years planned for the 19th to 21st May 2016; which included 6 main line visiting locos and a whole host of other preserved visitors from all around the country, which would ultimately include 20 different locos in total. However due to Read the Rest…

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway 1st May 2016

31203 had been one of those class 31’s that had spent a long time in preservation and yet was about as elusive as they came! Unfortunately its initial return to service was cut short by an AVR problem on its first running weekend and then it looked as though it could have ended up meeting Read the Rest…

Avon Valley Railway 30th April 2016

I hadn’t planned to travel down to the Avon Valley Railway specifically on this particular day but when 31203 was advertised to work its first trains at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway on Sunday 1st May I needed something to make the journey worth while and I was very grateful for 31101 having a day Read the Rest…

A bit of Class 68 bashing 27th & 28th April 2016

Wednesday 27th April 2016 Having had a couple of 68’s in Scotland almost a year ago I was hoping for a better bash when I got round to having a day out on them again. Having never done the Chiltern’s 68’s I had an appointment in London on Thursday 28th May so decided to head Read the Rest…

East Lancashire Railway 23rd April 2016

31466 had seen quite a lot of use already during 2016 at the East Lancs Railway, generally when I was away on holiday! Thankfully I’d been keeping an eye on the Bury Diesels Loco Roster and was pleased when 31466 had to stand in for 37418; again! The weekend previous to this had seen it Read the Rest…

Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala 9th April 2016

This was my first venture to a preserved railway during the 2016 season and the place was absolutely packed on Saturday 9th April 2016! The gala line-up had the following present: NVR Home Fleet – D9520, D9529 & 31271 Visitors – DCR 31452, Prototype Powercar 41001, 47192, 47712, 50008, 56006, 56098, DB Cargo 60066 & Read the Rest…

Eurotunnel 9th November 2015

Having almost not made it back into the UK on our last attempt to do some Eurotunnel locos, this trip couldn’t have gone anymore straight froward. We turned up a little later than we had done on our previous trip and breezed through the ticket gates; having got straight onto the 0649 departure from Cheriton Read the Rest…

Mangapps Railway Museum 31st August 2015

Mangapps Railway Museum currently houses probably the biggest celebrity of the class 31 world; 31430! While not much of  a line to be sampling class 31’s on, an opportunity arose to go an have a look at what goes on down there and with 31430 having been recently painted into BR Blue it would have Read the Rest…

Strathspey Railway 23rd August 2015

For the first year in a good 10 the Strathspey Railway attempted to make use of their diesel fleet during the Summer of 2015 with the 27 and 31327 alternating each weekend, working two round trips on a Sunday to allow the steam loco to operate the afternoon dinex. It’s long way to go to Read the Rest…

Great Central Railway (GCR) 21st August 2015

The Great Central Railway did something on 21st August 2015, that hadn’t been done by them in a good 10 years; put 31563 out for 6 round trips! While back in the early 2000’s, mainly due to lack of steam, it was quite common that 31563 would do 6 round trips a day, it actually Read the Rest…

Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala July 2015

An eagerly awaited gala that unfortunately suffered the same fate as most other galas had during 2015; a loco failure prior to the start of the weekend. The original line-up had involved 33108 which had been pulled from the line-up well in advance due to it not being ready in time but 26007 was en-route Read the Rest…

General Photography

Yorkshire Wildlife Park VIP Visit – 14th May 2017

Having been to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park a few times and not for a couple of years, this was a trip with a difference. It was one where we got to feed lions, otters, squirrel monkeys and a whole host of other fun creatures, all while being escorted around the park by a park ranger. Read the Rest…

Forth Bridge 23rd June 2015

Having been to Scotland many times before I’d never really taken to time to admire the Forth Bridge from up close so in one evening I did it from both sides and it only took me about 90 minutes; including the train trip between North Queensferry & Dalmeny. I decided to pick North Queensferry first Read the Rest…

Conisbrough Snow 27th December 2014

Being Conisbrough bred I can never resist the urge to head out with the camera when it snows; there’s so much to photograph, we really are spoilt for choice. On the morning of 27th December, after a fresh sprinkling of snow the night before, I braved the freshly un-gritted roads on the short journey from Read the Rest…

Edlington – House Martins 2014

During 2013 the nests on my house went unused and I thought that was the end of that. I was wrong and in 2014 I have no less than 4 sets of House Martins nesting; two of which have actually joined the nests together and used the same foundations! I was lucky enough to catch Read the Rest…

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – October 2013

This was my second trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and it was just as enjoyable as the first had been. For a sunny October day it was certainly busy, probably as it was a weekend as well. There had been some new additions to the site since our previous visit and while everything else Read the Rest…

Milton Keynes Sunsets August 2013

During August 2013 I worked quite a lot of night shifts, during which some of the sunsets seen from the office were spectacular. Below are some examples…….

Conisbrough Castle 23rd July 2013

At the third attempt within a month we managed to get into Conisbrough Castle keep; the first time the castle had been closed and the second the keep closed due to an electrical issue with the lighting on the stairs. I can understand why the keep was closed for safety reasons; even with the lighting Read the Rest…

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – July 2013

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is on the outskirts of Doncaster, off the A638, and is well signposted off the main roads. An excellent day out, whether you have kids, or not; if you want to avoid the masses of visiting children, visiting after approx 1300 on school days, will ensure most have already left, or are Read the Rest…

Conisbrough Viaduct – 2nd February 2013

A stark contrast to two weeks previous where everything was white with snow, yet strangely it was colder during this late afternoon walk…… The intermittent sun provided for some excellent Winter evening shots.  

Conisbrough Viaduct – 22nd January 2013

A nice Winter walk from Edlington via Warmsworth to Conisbrough Viaduct. The footpath leading off Warmsworth Halt makes for a great way to get between Edlington & Conisbrough, or even further afield through to Sprotborough or Mexborough should you so wish. It leads right beneath the A630 as it enters Conisbrough from Doncaster and straight Read the Rest…

Edlington – House Martins Summer 2012

I have swallows nesting underneath the eaves outside my bedroom window. They’ve been coming back for about 5 years now. I know some people don’t want them anywhere near their homes but i quite like having them about, it’s certainly not often you get to be so close to any form of bird, and sat Read the Rest…

Isle of Wight 29th June – 2nd July 2012

A long weekend away with my girlfriend, which thankfully offered “decent” weather, the only rain we saw was a brief shower the day we arrived and the constant downpour the morning we left, it wasn’t glorious but when the sun was out it was nice and it took the slight chill off the sea breeze. Read the Rest…

Conisbrough – Olympic Torch June 26th 2012

I was lucky enough not to have to work in the morning on this day, although i did have a bit of a logistical nightmare to overcome to get the photos, in that i needed to be on the 1033 train from Conisbrough to Sheffield, to get for a meeting in Derby. With my car Read the Rest…

Conisbrough Castle & Viaduct 25th/26th March 2012

A nice Spring day, cracking for a walk round Conisbrough with the camera, the following taken on 25th March 2012: I’d been eyeing up some of the shots taken here of Conisbrough Castle for years and just never got round to walking over the road to get them. If you look closely at the reflection shots Read the Rest…

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest November 2011

A five day away week at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest. It was cold, as you’d expect for the end of November, but the heating inside kept the cold at bay if not the constant stream of wildlife that came curiously wandering up to the cabin windows.

Wymondham Abbey September 2011

Having visited the Mid Norfolk Railway, the walk back form the pub at Wymondham took us through the Wymondham Abbey grounds.

York May 2011

It was a red hot Bank Holiday weekend and we were stuck for something to do. Having walked part way round the York Wall and visited the Minster we drove up the road to Murton Park where the Yorkshire Museum of Farming is housed. Not only do they have animals for the children (and my girlfriend) Read the Rest…

Edinburgh April 2011

For April it was an excellent couple of days, no rain and “some” sunshine, but not too warm though. We managed to get a decent deal with Hilton to stay in the Caledonian Hilton on Princess Street, which is very well situated for everything you need in Edinburgh. The hotel has that old style feel Read the Rest…

London February 2011

A cold, busy but nice day out in London with my girlfriend. Courtesy of some cheap tickets from East Coast……..