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Photo Gallery 37 - Page 3

"Heritage Railways" 1

The Rail Scene in the UK by Adrian Brodie

The second (and final) run by of the 10 loco cavalcade grand finale, at Carrog on the Llangollen Railway, during the steam gala, on 26 April 2009. More photos from the gala below.

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As mentioned on page 1, given the overall area of England, Scotland and Wales, we in the UK are well served by working Heritage railways, both, standard gauge and narrow gauge, which operate steam locomotives (as well as preserved diesel locomotives). There are very few points in the UK which are more than 50 miles from a Heritage railway. The far north of Scotland possibly is, though, that distance will not increase by much, before a Heritage railway is found. 

Although none of them operate at main line speeds, nevertheless, they remain a wonderful way to get a nostalgic blast of the steam past. Especially when some of the larger railways hold their steam galas, and they feature visiting guest locomotives as well as their own.

The longest standard gauge Heritage railway, the West Somerset Railway, often has as many as 12 locomotives in steam during their galas; with all 12 being in steam and working, on the busier days. 

Of course, the down side to steam galas is the number of people there... in photography terms, not always helpful. But, as mentioned on the previous page, a working knowledge of the railway does help. It just depends on whether you want to ride on the trains, or take photos. I always buy a rover ticket, which allows travel all day. Just in case. Though, usually, I tend to go for a place or station where I know there is a lot of action, and I can get a good vantage position. 

And, a visit to the shed, if allowed, is always worthwhile. To see how projects are coming along, or what has changed since the previous visit.

But, gala or not, there is always plenty to do and see at most, if not all Heritage railways.

A scene at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway, during the steam gala on 1 October 2009. Some of the 10 locomotives in steam await their turn.

A scene at Bishops Lydiard on the West Somerset Railway, during the steam gala on 13 March 2008. 0-4-2 tank 1450 is sandwiched between two auto coaches, forming a push-pull auto train, which can be driven from either coach, depending on which direction the train is going... Of course, at least a fireman had to be on the steam locomotive to keep fueling the fire. These trains (from the 1920s) were essentially the forerunners of today's modern trains, which drive from either end. See the following three thumbnails for further auto train photos.

Stanier Royal Scot class 4-6-0 6100 "Royal Scot" stands at Minehead Station, on the West Somerset Railway, on 28 March 2009, during the steam gala. Royal Scot is famous for visiting the US in 1933.

The view from the train, as it enters Grosmont Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, on 4 October 2009, during the steam gala, with seven locomotives in steam.

Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway, on 19 October 2007, during the steam gala.


The view from the footbridge at Bewdley Station on the Severn Valley Railway on 23 July 2006; Stanier Black five 4-6-0 45110 pulls up in the station.


The view from the footbridge at Bewdley Station on the Severn Valley Railway, during the steam gala on 6 March 2009. Using full zoom, through the smoke and heat haze of two steam locomotives, Britannia class Pacific 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" comes into view.

A scene at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 25 May 2008, during the steam gala.  A cold, wet, windy day... six of the seven locomotives in steam are visible in this photo.

Standard class 9F 2-10-0 92203 Black Prince about to enter Toddington Station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, during their end of year steam gala, when they had six engines in steam, on 29 December 2009. A very cold, wet, windy, grey day made for challenging photography!



page 1 > Introduction

page 2 > Main Line Steam

page 3 > Heritage Railways 1

page 4 > Heritage Railways 2

page 5 > Heritage Railways 3

page 6 > Museums & Engine Houses

page 7 > Sheds and Workshops





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