Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the Severn Valley Railway, along with all other preserved railways, have had to suspend all services for the coming months. To help, admittedly in a small way, I will donate half my ad revenue. The last 3 weeks generated about £10 but with no filming possible in the coming months there will be no new videos. I have uploaded about 4,000 videos in the last 6 years and it is always interesting to see which videos people are viewing, so I will show the most popular videos over the last 48 hours. To be honest, I have forgotten the content of most of them, but it does bring back memories for me.
If you spend some time watching the events I filmed – some of which you may have attended, you will be helping generate some revenue. Hopefully the ads aren’t too annoying, there shouldn’t be any that you can’t remove within a few seconds. Anyway, hope you find something interesting to watch. Will list the “most viewed” videos on a regular basis, if you can’t locate them, or want to know links to events I might’ve filmed – then just ask.
I didn’t know they were running to Reading in the morning, was actually out walking the dog as they passed by not very far away – didn’t hear them though. Fortunately they returned at a convenient time for me to see them. Running as 5Z50 Reading to Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway.
I was expecting it to be the 37 which ran the previous day but was pleased it was the 47s instead. I wasn’t sure which platform to film from, as had been bowled many times before. The downhill train was due to depart 3 minutes after the uphill train and if the 47s were close behind that train my view might’ve been blocked. I did cross over the bridge then the doors were closing on the downhill train and I went back over the bridge and was just starting to film as the 47s appeared, obviously checked by signals, then – just watch the video!!!
A nice little bonus down the Dark Side running as 0Z73 from Crewe to Worcester. It actually terminated at Droitwich and ran back via the Lickey an hour earlier than planned. My original plan would’ve been to see it again at Smethwick – but I’m avoiding public transport at the moment.
I’m trying to set up a basic format for posts when adding to the Old Video Index. I reckon the heading above should work, as it shows locos in the videos, the place, date and also other locos seen in photos. It should be more useful than the original blog post in 2013.
The post in this blog will just give the essentials, then if a reader isn’t interested they don’t waste time downloading images. The link will take you to the full details, or at least what I can remember. Time will tell how successful it is.
My first videos weren’t brilliant, but as us oldies aren’t supposed to go out and about at the moment I’ve decided to try to make some sort of list of the older videos and to link to any photos from that day. YouTube used to “search” much better than it does now and I can’t always find what I’m looking for – and with over 4,000 videos it’s a big task!!!
The videos from 2013 were filmed with an SLR camera, which wasn’t very easy. Don’t expect them to be “fantastic”, were your first videos good? Obviously lots of shots of locos now moved away, out of service etc. as in these photos at Arley. I’m looking forward to working my way through them – some good memories I’m sure. Anyway, the first is at Arley on 19/05/13, give it a try, you can play the videos and view the photos:-
At last, the chance to see some steam trains. As the Kidderminster end of the line has had no trains since December it has not been so easy to see any. Anyway, I had a drive to Bridgnorth to see the 3 locos in action and this is the first of the two videos.
Only made the journey to see the 47, the other 3 locos were a bonus and fortunately rain didn’t stop play. A Voyager and 165005 are also seen. I think it was the first time I have seen a container train run into that loop, last week it sped through on the main.
The 6M56 Berkeley to Crewe was running today, the sun was shining so a good excuse for a walk to the station. I managed to get a shot of 153371 departing as I walked across the footbridge. It was going to be close, the northbound train departed about 3 minutes before the southbound train was due away, and if the 68s were close behind I might be bowled. It worked out well though, a clear view of the 68s. 172338 also seen.
Only managed to post the video link yesterday, but today I have the photos to add as well. Droitwich is a good station for photos with semaphore signals adding interest to what is usually mostly units. 57301 is first seen passing through Lye, then a brief glimpse of it in Droitwich loop in the video. After I got off the train in Droitwich it wasn’t many minutes before the 57 was out of the loop and heading towards the station. Then a few of the usual units before 56091 appeared from the Bromsgrove direction.
57301 was working 0V94 Crewe (supposed to be Warrington) to Long Marston and 56091 with a Railvac was on 6×56 Bescot to Long Marston.
Units seen were 170517, 170633, 172345, 172006, 172212, 172217, 170632 and 172220.