Archive for the ‘Ken McKee’ Category

The Berry Collection – Goods Stock

Posted by Webmaster On August 9, 2010 Comments Off

Photographs by Eric Dale unless otherwise stated  Highland Railway Brake Vans HR goods brake vans rarely – if ever – left their ‘home’ system. They often had their own distinctive ‘architecture’, including the raised ‘birdcage’ lookout in many cases. The open verandas found elsewhere in the country were not as popular as elsewhere in Britain,  [ Read More ]

On the Hunt for Belgian Museums

Posted by Webmaster On August 2, 2010 Comments Off

Belgium is perhaps one of the least likely countries to visit for fans of the steam locomotive. In a way, this is rather surprising, as two of its engineers gave their names to inventions used around the World. Firstly, Alfred Belpaire designed the square-topped firebox that bears his name, whilst Egide Walschaerts produced the valve  [ Read More ]

From D1 to TOPS

Posted by Webmaster On August 2, 2010 Comments Off

Like many railway systems around the World, British Railways and its masters were seduced by the claims of diesel loco manufacturers. Suddenly steam was old hat, and was disposed of in great haste. Many of the British Standard locomotives went to the scrapyard (or into preservation) with less than 10 years service on the clock.  [ Read More ]

Douglas Berry – The Man

Posted by Ben Angus On July 18, 2010 Comments Off

Photographs by Eric Dale unless otherwise stated Douglas’s Favourite Picture. He felt it looked so real with his Highland loco No 6 approaches Dava Station from Forres with a train of empty cattle wagons for Grantown sidings. Operated as part of The DAVA Project Douglas Berry You only have to look at the faces of  [ Read More ]

On the French Narrow Gauge

Posted by Ben Angus On July 16, 2010 Comments Off

By the Not-Quite-So-Old-Dominie I confess to a love affair with France, the French, their food and (especially) their drink, their scenery, the ambience – and I’m quite partial to their trains as well. Holidays tend to be based on moving from preserved railway line to preserved railway line, with the odd museum thrown in. So  [ Read More ]