Photos, 46100 Royal Scot, Bridgnorth and Eardington, 13/11/19

I was driving near the Railway in Bridgnorth and noticed the signal for a train from the Bewdley direction. Thinking this might be my lucky day I parked the car and walked up to see what it might be – made it just in time, heard a train approaching, and it was Royal Scot. I filmed it arriving, then not many minutes later it departed again. Having some spare time I drove to Eardington bank in the hope of catching it on the return run…..

It was having some test runs following a recent overhaul. Only sorted the photos so far, video to follow later.

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1881 Halesowen Railway Timetable, on wall in Loyal Lodge

Called in the Loyal Lodge on Furnace Hill in Halesowen a few weeks ago for a meal and noticed a copy of an old railway timetable framed on one of the walls. It showed the train service from Birmingham New Street to Halesowen via Kings Norton. Not a very frequent service, but at least there was a railway then.

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Old Spanish railway ticket, Irun – Madrid

Another old ticket found in my loft. Think this was from the early 1960s, from memory we travelled all the way from the UK by train to Malaga, then on to El Rodeo between Marbella and San Pedro. It wasn’t a hotel as such, more of a holiday centre with rows of chalets, I remember mine was 106, and parents were in 303 – or trescientos tres as I used to say to the receptionist when we came back from a day out. Ciento seis was for the other key.

With ordering our meal I had to say to the waiter – una gran botella de agua mineral por favor. The waiter’s name was something like Franchesco.

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Photos and Video, 68017, Rowley Regis. 27/09/19

The Pathfinder tour 1Z57 from Paignton to Carlisle was due up Old Hill about the same time as a downhill stopping train and so I decided to go to Rowley, forgetting an ecs train was due. The unit appeared in the distance before the 68 came round the bend but fortunately it all worked out well as the unit was running slowly.

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Over 6 months and no posts!!!!!

Some people who know me are aware of the reason why – a house move.

38 years in a 4-bedroom house with steep drive, big garden and a tall hedge was getting too much – so we decided to downsize. Trouble is, what to do with all the stuff you accumulate over such a long time!! A couple of large skips were filled with “rubbish”? Some items sold on ebay, others given away or taken to charity shops, and the rest put into store.

Now moved in to bungalow, flat garden, no stairs or hedge to trim, should make life a bit easier. Maybe I can find more time for trains and filming in the coming weeks and start posting in the blog and uploading photos again.

Photos and Video, 7714 and 75069, “Safari Park curve” 23/02/19

A brief outing to see 75069, got there just in time to see 7714 heading for Bewdley and it wasn’t long before the steam from 75069 could be seen in the distance. Having a double chimney the exhaust is probably not as loud as other locos on this climb but it was certainly running well

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Photos and Video, 2857, 75069, 7714 and 813, Kidderminster 16/02/19

2857 is seen departing, the next arrival is of 75069 working its first service train since a major overhaul after being taken out of service in 1994. 7714 and 813 were double heading the third service train.

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Photos and Video, 950001, Old Hill 23/01/19

This was one of the days I had planned to see a train at Small Heath. It was 57603 and running on time from Reading, so rushing round at home to get ready in time I made my way to the station just before 950001 was due, then after filming it I checked on the 57 and it was already through Tyseley!! It had missed out a couple of booked stops in loops, so I headed back home and didn’t travel on a train that day.

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