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    Senior Member Country: UK Chevyman's Avatar
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    BBC NEWS | England | First passenger trip for new loco



    Steam loco to take paying passengers on mainline routes

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    name='Chevyman']BBC NEWS | England | First passenger trip for new loco



    Steam loco to take paying passengers on mainline routes


    That should disrupt all the other traffic on those lines



    Steve

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    Nothing like a good shunt I say.

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    name='Steve Crook']That should disrupt all the other traffic on those lines



    Steve


    ....as if help was needed?

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    name='Steve Crook']That should disrupt all the other traffic on those lines



    Steve


    Might prove to be quicker.

    Ta Ta

    Marky B

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    name='Marky B']Might prove to be quicker.

    Ta Ta

    Marky B


    That'll definitely disrupt things - if a train arrives on time or even arrives early!



    Steve

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    Apparently it's a newly-built loco

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    name='Chevyman']Apparently it's a newly-built loco


    Yes, and built by enthusiasts but all built properly and to the original plans.

    See their web site



    BBC4 did a documentary about them called Absolutely Chuffed



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    Senior Member Country: Great Britain Mark O's Avatar
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    Thanks for the links Chevs and Steve........Tornado is an absolutely beautiful piece of engineering, and I'm full of praise for everyone who designed and built it, hopefully I'll get to see it at one of the London termini in due course

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    Bbc 4 has recently covered a great deal of rail programmes,also discovery channels on sky regularly screen similar features. good stuff! didnt realise it was so popular

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    name='frame69']Bbc 4 has recently covered a great deal of rail programmes,also discovery channels on sky regularly screen similar features. good stuff! didnt realise it was so popular


    Have a look at the West Somerset Railway. That's not too far from you and is the biggest of the railway preservation groups. They run full sized trains, not a miniature railway and they run them as a commercial service in places where the other railways don't reach. Children use them to go to and from school. People use them to go shopping or go to work and they have a huge amount of rolling stock and other equipment. And of course they run them for the steam enthusiasts



    They mainly run from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton (hoping to join up to the main line soon), up along the Quantock hills to the north Devon & Somerset coast and along to Minehead



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    Thanks Steve, Im hoping to visit the somerset railway as soon as the weather dries up! Im a volunteer at bodmin and wenford ,I joined them because I was previously a plant engineer in the china clay quarries in cornwall but had to change jobs after having spine and arm surgery, they are restoring a few diesels at present so I would prove to be usefull on these engines, (plus I get free trips down the line) the atmosphere of the yard and station is very enjoyable and makes a change from being stuck in a hot kitchen for 10 or more hours every day. Plans are under way to take the line from bodmin to wadebridge again. (Talking to a well known tv chef at xmas he informed me of his support for the line to come from wadebridge back to padstow, but thats a long shot!) "Seafood dining car sounds good"

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    And all this, only to be surpassed by the Great Western Society's building of a new Saint class, 2999 Lady of Legend, from the unrestored hulk of 4942 Maindy Hall. Whilst the Gresley A3 already has one representative in preservation, the Saint class is totally extinct.



    Now that will be magnificent.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Chevyman's Avatar
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    name='Steve Crook']Have a look at the West Somerset Railway. That's not too far from you and is the biggest of the railway preservation groups. They run full sized trains, not a miniature railway and they run them as a commercial service in places where the other railways don't reach. Children use them to go to and from school. People use them to go shopping or go to work and they have a huge amount of rolling stock and other equipment. And of course they run them for the steam enthusiasts



    They mainly run from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton (hoping to join up to the main line soon), up along the Quantock hills to the north Devon & Somerset coast and along to Minehead



    Steve


    I'll be visiting in June. WSR also has the distinction of being the longest preserved line in the UK

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    name='Chevyman']I'll be visiting in June. WSR also has the distinction of being the longest preserved line in the UK


    A little further south and west, see if you can get to the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh, with a line following the river down to Totnes - beautiful little railway.



    South Devon Railway - Home page



    rgds

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    Senior Member Country: UK Chevyman's Avatar
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    Thanks for the link Rob



    There is another, narrow guage, railway near where we are staying. I wonder if I'll get to visit all three?

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