This has to be one of the most unusual railways in the world. Technically a monorail, but built on a triangular track, with two guide rails at the base, the Lartigue Monorail was the brainchild of a Frenchman, Charles Lartigue and ran between Listowel and the seaside resort of Ballybunion in County Kerry, in the… Read More Ireland’s Monorail system
The idea of building a railway between Tralee and Dingle was first approved by the Privy Council in 1884 and the company was incorporated in 1888. Originally planned to be standard Irish gauge (5ft3”) the severe gradients and curvature led to the three foot gauge being adopted. The line took three years to build with… Read More Tralee to Dingle Railway
The New Zealand heritage Railway at Pleasant Point has a very unusual Ford Model T railcar. Originally they were built for rural lines in the Southland area of South Island in 1925. Based on a on a one-ton Model T Ford truck chassis, they never proved popular and were withdrawn in 1931. In the 1980’s… Read More Quaintest Railcar ever?
The LMS / LNWR swingbridge in Oxford is one of only two scheduled monument swing bridges in England and is the last significant hand operated main-line rail swingbridge in existence in Britain. It sits astride the Sheepwash Channel, which links the River Thames into the Oxford Canal. Its location, adjacent to the current high-level railway… Read More Rewley Road Swing Bridge
More from the Spring Gala. It’s all made possible by a small army of volunteers doing all manner of jobs from prepping locos to checking the permanent way, and clearing it all up at the end. I first worked on preserved locos at age 13, and It’s always great to see how many of the… Read More Severn Valley Spring Gala part 2
One thing the railway companies were never short of was paperwork. Seemingly endless amounts of forms, labels and booklets. Plenty of this is still in existence, and if you have an interest in the running of the railways, they are easily affordable and can make an interesting collection. Railway companies also produced their own publicity… Read More Railway Paperwork
There’s a gorgeous set of LNER teak carriages on the Severn Valley Railway in regular use. Built in the 1920’s, they were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for LNER mainline services. Here’s a few shots that gives an idea of the attention to detail and quality of workmanship that went into these elegant, refined and… Read More A Study in Teak