Saturday, 27 August 2011

3440 city of truro

Built at Swindon in 1903,  designed by George Churchward for the Great Western Railway and considered to be the first steam loco to reach 100 mph.....( probably downhill , with a tailwind ) 

Detail of the cab and the motion....a beautiful Edwardian engine.

Here she stands with another great old timer, Prince from the Ffestiniog railway. Prince was built in1863 and is considered to be the oldest surviving narrow gauge locomotive in the world.

Friday, 26 August 2011

No 266 wellington, Tanfield railway

Built in1873 in Gateshead by Black Hawthorn & Co, Wellington now resides at the Tanfield railway. This photo was taken in about 1989.

Wellington has not run for a number of years, but is now getting a refit and may run again in a few years time.

These locos were mainly used in collieries and engineering works and by 1896 over 1000 engines had been built and some had very long careers.

Friday, 19 August 2011

sans pareil

this is the replica of Sans Pareil,  built in 1829 by Timothy Hackworth to  compete in  the Rainhill trials.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


This is the original engine at Locomotion.
Sans Pareil went on to work on the Liverpool manchester and the Bolton legh railways before being used as a stationary engine at a coal mine.  In 1867 it was preserved in the Museum of  Science and Industry along side other early locomotives...

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

60009 Union of South Africa

Built at Doncaster in 1937 and named after the newly formed Union of South she stands outside the shed where she was built.

These next shots were taken in Heaton shed in Newcastle.

The Springbok plaque on the side was donated by a Bloemfontein newspaper owner in 1954

Union of South Africa has run up more miles than any other preserved loco, and at the moment she is having a full overhaul at the Crewe Heritage Centre.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

deltic prototype no1

built in1955 by English Electric and the first of 22 locos
The styling is very  american with the chevrons and the rotating mars light high on the nose
Here is deltic with mallard .....the deltics took over from the A4 pacifics on the east coast main line...they were the only diesels that could match the A4's power and speed.

deltic 55022 "Royal Scots Grey"

hear's royal scots grey at heaton yard newcastle
name plate and napoleonic eagle from the battle of waterloo....