In the early part of the 20th Century, the monorail concept was quite popular. The Wuppertal Suspension Railway had been running successfully in Germany since 1901. George Bennie, a Glasgow born son of an engineer developed the idea for the Bennie Railplane in 1921, with a working model – which still exists, and is on… Read More The George Bennie Railplane
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A brief trip to South Wales ended up with an even more brief visit to Cefn Junction signal box. It’s a preserved box on the junction of the disused Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway – now a walking trail – and The Port Talbot Line (now seldom used except for for diversionary freight). There’s a few… Read More Cefn Junction – and some castles.
Visitors to the Severn Valley Railway were surprised to find dragons unexpectedly lurking on the platforms a couple of weeks ago. They were with their fearless dragon handlers, two delightful Victorian ladies who were about to set off to the far corners of the earth to find more of these rare creatures, so yours truly… Read More Caution! Dragons!
Something of a rarity, a virtually complete set of station buildings that aren’t derelict, or lived in. Newnham Bridge is in Worcestershire, on the disused Bewdley-Tenbury Wells-Woofferton line. That’s the line which used to join the Severn Valley Railway just north of Bewdley station – you can still see the bridge pillars in the river… Read More Newnham Bridge Station
English Heritage are currently undertaking a £3.6m restoration and conservation project on the Iron Bridge – yes that one at Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It’s covered in scaffold and hoarding at the moment, but there is a walkway alongside the bridge, with (very dirty as they’re shotblasting it) perspex windows, so you can… Read More Iron Bridge Restoration
I recently acquired a copy of The Railway Year Book 1913, which, unsurprisingly, contains lots of interesting railway history facts and figures. Here’s a few tasters: Thanks for reading. Check out my other posts on travel, heritage railways and more.Please click like and subscribe for more random railways content. Follow me on Twitter and Youtube. If you… Read More Railway Year Book 1913
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