The Gresley Spirit around Edinburgh

In Scottish folklore it is believed that no matter where you are in the world, at the moment of your death your spirit immediately returns to the place of your birth. Consequently, because in 1876 Sir Nigel Gresley was born in Scotland , his spirit – naturally – would have returned to Scotland’s capital city. […]

The French Connection – St. Pancras

Hornby ‘Eurostar’ train (R2379) It is said that when the French heard that the first trains to travel under the Channel were to arrive at a station called Water-loo, many assumed they were victims of the English sense of humour. Alas for them, it really was true that they would alight at a station named […]

Speeding up to Scotland Pendolino Set City of Stoke on Trent

6.30am Wednesday 26/4/2006 Pendolino Set 390 029 “City of Stoke on Trent” in Euston Station, London prior to heading the 0646 train to Glasgow Central. Pendolino 390 029 was formally named at Stoke on Trent station on 29 September 2003 to mark completion of major engineering work to upgrade the West Coast Main Line for […]

That Trainspotter

That Trainspotter Otherwise known as “The Boy on the Footbridge” It has been said that train spotting is rather like bird watching or fishing. We think nothing of travelling miles for a rare catch or waiting patiently for long periods when nothing seems to be happening. Even today groups of enthusiasts – still mainly youngsters […]

Bringing a Dead 4F Back to Life

Fitting a tender fall-plate and crew can be easily done to an ‘out-of-the-box ‘ model without resorting to complete repainting. However, if you do want to personalise your prized possession it may be necessary to do a repaint, depending on the condition in which you want the locomotive to appear. Perth (63A) MR ‘4F’ No. […]

The Whisky Line

Some months ago, the Oldest Dominie posed a question regarding the existence of a distillery (now closed) near to Kinross. In fact, it wasn’t so much the distillery that was of importance, but the existence of a railway line by which it was served. In fact, no information was forthcoming, at least until now. If […]