Monday, September 19, 2022

Soot and steam

According to my 1943 copy of 'British Locomotive Types' this inside cylinder 0-8-0 was originally designated class G2 on the London and North Western Railway prior to being grouped in class 7F of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, presumably in 1923.  

Here is its datasheet.

Monday, September 05, 2022

The Keep

Carlisle castle.  Note the beginning of a long, shallow staircase on the right.  When gunpowder and cannons overtook swords and archers on the battlefield the keep was no longer provided suitable defense against attacking forces.  You didn't need to scale the enemy's walls if you could blow them down from afar.  
  The staircase was added to enable the movement of artillery to the roof of the keep. On the inside, a wall was built, bisecting the keep in order to provide reinforcement for the guns on the roof.  The result is a series of rather odd, narrow rooms.  Not the sort of place you would find comfortable for very long.

Monday, August 22, 2022


Perhaps a bit understated, but there is still water falling.  Beehive Falls,  Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia    

Monday, August 15, 2022

Red Dragon

This 2-10-0 was known as the Evening Star; The Red Dragon placard designates the name of the train being pulled.  I must have taken this picture between 2008 and 2010 because this locomotive was temporarily at the Swindon Steam Museum to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  It was built in March of 1960 making it the last steam locomotive built by British Railways.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Brighton Junction

This particular scene has been gone for several years now as the this junction has been modernized.  I doubt the switchman much enjoyed being stuck in a tiny shack and using a portapot all winter.