Classic Streamliners – Amtrak Exhibit Train – New York Central System’s GM Aerotrain

Classic Streamliners

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Since 2011, the Amtrak Exhibit Train has travelled the United States to showcase the 40 plus year history of Amtrak, its current railway operations, and its future goals for high-speed passenger travel. On Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th, that train will visit the historic Cheyenne Depot Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


The Amtrak Exhibit Train offers a free, self-guided tour of exhibits, artifacts, and Amtrak memorabilia. Pulled by a diesel-electric locomotive, there are three display cars and a gift shop car at the end of the train.


The visit coincides with the 9th Annual Cheyenne Depot Days. Built by Henry Van Brunt for the Union Pacific in 1886, the depot was donated to the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County in 1993. The Cheyenne Depot Museum, via walk-thru exhibits, provides the history of Cheyenne from the arrival of the transcontinental railroad. This writer visited the museum in 2013 and the detail and lay-out are very impressive.Cheyenne, Wyoming, has been very much an intersection for the railway world of late. On May 8th, the steam train Big Boy 4014 arrived from California to be rebuilt in the local Union Pacific steam shop for future use as an excursion train. Additionally, the upcoming fourth season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, which dramatizes the building of the first transcontinental railroad, will begin with the historic Cheyenne founded in 1867.

“New York Central System’s GM Aerotrain: The Road to the Future”

A postcard depicting a General Motor’s Aerotrain. From the back of the card: The New York Central System “The Road to the Future.” A General Motors “Aerotrain” is shown on display here at Buffalo, New York in Feb. of 1956. The train failed in regular operation and was in service on the Central less than a year. It was part of a futile effort to upgrade passenger service. Similar units were used briefly on the Pennsylvania and the Union Pacific Railroads. By 1969 the Road to the Future had proved to be the Road to Ruin. The card was distributed in 1970 by Owen Davies, Bookseller.

Model Railway Exhibitions – October 2014

Model Railway Exhibitions

October 2014



• Telford Railway Modellers Group – Model Railway Exhibition 2013

• Sat 4th October 2014
• Blessed Robert Johnson Catholic College, Apley Avenue, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 3DY

ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Children £2.00 Family £10.00
Our club exhibition featuring model railways from ‘N’ to ‘O’.

CONTACT: 07808162477
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• Mickleover Model Railway Group – Mickleover Model Railway Exhibition

• Sat 4th October 2014 – Sun 5th October 2014
• Mickleover Community Centre, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, Derby, Derbyshire DE3 0DA

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00am – 5.00pm SUN 10.00am – 4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £2.00 Children £2.00 Family £8.00
Come and help us celebrate the 50th exhibition to be held in Mickleover (Derby). The first shows were run by St Johns Church for fundraising which led to the development of the Club. After using a number of venues we are now settled at Mickleover Community Centre which also enables us to open our Clubrooms where others layouts will be displayed, including ‘Duffield’. Our well known exhibition layout ‘Farkham’ will also be displayed in the main hall.

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• Cradley Heath MRC – First Model Railway Exhibition

• Sat 18th October 2014
• Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5jg, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5jg, West Midlands B64 5JG

OPENING TIMES: 10.00am- 5.00pm
ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Concessions £4.00 Children £3.00 Family £10.00
Following on from our very successful 1st Cradley heath model railway club, we present our 2nd annual exhibition,
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• Wonderful World of Trains & Planes – N Gauge Super Sunday

• Sun 19th October 2014
• Wonderful World of Trains & Planes, 3 Mary Ann Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B3 1BG

OPENING TIMES: 10am – 5pm
ADMISSION: Adults £5.95 Concessions £4.50 Children £3.75 Family £13.95
N-gauge modellers have a Super-Sunday in which to celebrate their passion, when Wonderful World of Trains & Planes joins forces with the West Midlands N Gauge Club to host a special day dedicated to N gauge layouts. A dozen or more layouts will be running on the day, Sunday 19th October, from 10am to 5pm, with several UK-themed layouts, as well as some depicting Germany, France and the USA. and range in width from 2 feet to a hugely impressive 10 feet.

N-gauge modellers have a Super-Sunday in which to celebrate their passion, when Wonderful World of Trains & Planes joins forces with the West Midlands N Gauge Club to host a special day dedicated to N gauge layouts.

A dozen or more layouts will be running on the day, Sunday 19th October, from 10am to 5pm, with several UK-themed layouts, as well as some depicting Germany, France and the USA. and range in width from 2 feet to a hugely impressive 10 feet.

The modellers of each layout will be on hand to operate and discuss, but this is a rare opportunity to get all these N gauge layouts together and one enthusiasts will not want to miss.

Other modellers with N (Or smaller) gauge layouts are also welcome to contact the show if they would like to join in. Just get in touch.

Visitors on the day also have full access to the three floors of layouts at WWTP, a permanent venue that opened in June just off St Paul’s Square in Birmingham. These include layouts featuring Canada, France, Germany and UK, together with others in the construction stage. Other layouts and presentations feature the Royal Train, the Orient Express

Professional flight simulators and a four-car race track are also part of the overall experience. There is also a coffee shop and retail store.

On-street parking is free on Sundays in the area and there is also a 1000-space car park at the end of the road which charges £3 for the entire day.

CONTACT: 0121 227 4000


• Birmingham Model Railway Club – Exhibition

• Sat 25th October 2014
• Arden Hall, Water Orton RD, Birmingham, West Midlands B36 9HB

OPENING TIMES: 10am – 4.0pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £1.50 Family £8.00
Birmingham Model railway Club Annual Exhibition

CONTACT: 07766923361
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• Hinckley Carnival Committee –  Hinckley Model Railway Display & Swap Meet

• Sat 25th October 2014
• St Peters RC Church Hall, London Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1LW

ADMISSION: Adults £2.00
This is the first time an event of this type has been held i.e Model Railway Display & Swap Meet. The venue consists of 2 large halls and large car park. We are appealing for traders and people who have model railways to contact us if they would like to attend. Money raised will go to Church & Hinckley Carnival to help fund next years Carnival which raises money for local charities. Children accompanied by adult will have free admission

CONTACT: 07805078720

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Brecon & Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Brecon & Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway

An Act of 1 August 1959 authorised the Talybont-Brecon section only, but the rest was sanctioned on 15 May 1860 and 28 July 1862. The line opened from Brecon to Talybont on 23 April 1863, to Merthyr on 1 August 1868 and to Dowlais on 23 June 1869 – the Merthyr-Dowlais section was authorised jointly with the LNWR. Amalgamation with the Hereford Hay & Brecon Railway under an Act dated 5 July 1865 was ruled illegal as improperly processed, and was never re-made. On 28 July 1863 the Company acquired the Rumney Railway in an effort to reach Newport, a link being finally made on 1 September 1868. The Company became a GWR subsidiary in 1922. Beacon, or Summit, tunnel was once the highest in the UK at 1312 ft, with a 7 mile climb at 1 in 38 to the northern portal.

EPSON scanner imageBrecon Free Street station. View westward, towards Neath in 1962
Brecon Station. View westward, towards Neath; ex-GWR Neath & Brecon section. A scene just six months before the whole station and all lines were closed on 31/12/62. For more details, see SO0428 : Brecon Station: activity at the east end.
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The line closed to passengers on 31 December 1962 and to goods on 4 May 1964, but it is not dead, for the Pant-Torpantau section now carries the Brecon Mountain Railway – the Pant-Pontsticill section opened 8 June 1980.

EPSON scanner imageEast end of Brecon Free Street in 1949
Brecon Station: activity at the east end. Viewed from the east end of Brecon station, an ex-L&Y 0-6-0, far from its origins ‘Up North’ but now employed on the ex-Midland trains from Hereford, is prominent, while on the left a stopping train leaves for Hereford (hauled by an ex-Midland 0-6-0). However, Brecon station was in the ex-GWR ambit, being the terminus from this (eastward) direction of the ex-Brecon & Merthyr trains from Newport via Torpantau Summit and of the ex-Cambrian Rly Mid-Wales Line trains from Moat Lane Junction, as well as the Hereford trains. Westwards from Brecon ran the ex-Neath & Brecon trains down to Neath. All these lines were closed in 1962 and on 31/12/62 this local metropolis had lost all railway facilities. See SO0428 : Brecon Station for primary picture of Brecon Station, taken on 15/6/62.
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The end of the Brecon and Merthyr

The line was amalgamated with the Great Western Railway following the Grouping. The ex-B&M system survived nationalisation into British Railways, but most were eventually closed during the 1960s, with all passenger services ending in December 1962. By 1980 only one short section of 10.5 miles (16.9 km) survived, serving coal traffic to Bedwas Navigation Colliery. With the demise of the coal industry in Britain the section between Bedwas and Machen was closed in 1985. The section between Machen and Bassaleg Junction (with the GWR Ebbw Valley line) remains to serve Hanson’s limestone quarry.

The line today

Partial resurrection of the Brecon and Merthyr
In 1980 a private company, the Brecon Mountain Railway, began to build a narrow-gauge steam-hauled tourist line on the existing 5.5-mile (8.9 km) trackbed from Pant through Pontsticill to Dol-y-gaer. The initial section of 1.75 miles (2.82 km) from Pant to Pontsticill opened in June 1980. Passenger services extended to Torpantau in 2014.

Only one B&MR coach has survived into the present day; coach No.111 stands in a private residence.  Only one goods wagon is known to still exist today; privately owned No.197 is currently at the Severn Valley Railway.

No locomotives are known to be preserved to the present day.

National Cycle Network

Some sections of the route have become part of the National Cycle Network. These routes are NCN 4 (Celtic Trail) between Machen and Trethomas, NCN 469 between Bargoed and Fochriw and NCN 8 (Taff Trail) between Torpantau and Talybont Reservoir. The section between Bedwas and Maesycwmmer is being considered to become part of NCN 468.


Welcome to The Brecon Mountain Railway.

The line runs from Pant, near Merthyr Tydfil. Travel in one of our all-weather Observation Carriages, behind a vintage steam locomotive, into the Brecon Beacons National Park to see stunning views of the peaks of the Beacons across the Taf Fechan reservoir.
At Pontsticill you can alight from the train and visit our lakeside cafe, see our new steam museum, admire the view or go for a ramble alongside the reservoir. There is also a children’s play area here. On your return to Pant you can visit the workshop where our steam locomotives are repaired and new ones are built. Our licensed restaurant is open for refreshment, gifts and souvenirs are available from our shop or you may wish to visit our new Traditional sweet shop.


Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Rumney Tramroad

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Rumney Tramroad

Incorporated on 20 May 1825, this 21¾ mile plateway built by George Overton to a gauge of 4ft 2in ran from the Rhymney Ironworks to the Monmouthshire Railway at what later became Bassaleg Junction. Like the Sirhowy and the Monmouthshire Railways it delayed the change to proper railwayhood too long; re-incorporated on August 1st 1861, with working agreement with the West Midland Railway, it began conversion in 1863. It was, however, too great a task for the company’s finances, and it sold out on 28 July 1863 to the Brecon & Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway, which used it to continue its own drive towards Newport. This section was taken over by the GWR with effect from 1 July 1922 and closed to passengers on 31 December 1962.

Rumney RailwayRelic of the Rumney Railway, Bedwas
The girder in the bridge carrying Rectory Road over the trackbed of a dismantled railway line to Bedwas Navigation Colliery has Rumney Railway 1855 stamped on its side. The Rumney Railway was originally an industrial tramway, built from 1826. It was later converted to a standard gauge railway.
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EPSON scanner imageSite of Aberbargoed Station
View westward across Rhymney Valley. Station was in foreground, on ex-Great Western (Rhymney Rly.) ‘Old Rumney’ line, (Newport) – Bassaleg Junction – Risca – New Tredegar – Rhymney. The station was closed completely along with the line on 31/12/62 (in 1930 beyond New Tredegar).
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Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era – 1949 – Bulleid ‘Leader’ – Southern Railway

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era
1949 – Bulleid ‘Leader’
Southern Railway

No.36001 in 1950

No.36001 in 1950

Although designed by O.V.Bulleid under the SR regime this remarkable locomotive did not actually appear until after Nationalisation. Nothing so revolutionary in steam locomotive design had been seen since the Midland Paget engine of 1908. It incorporated many novel features, amongst which may be mentioned the sleeve type valves, and the coupling of the six wheels comprising each bogie by means of a chain transmission instead of coupling rods.
The engine may be briefly described as an 0-6-6-0 single boiler articulated unit completely enclosed by an overall casing. There was a cab at either end with duplicated controls, and the fireman had to work amidships alongside the boiler, the longitudinal axis of which is offset to one side of the centre line of the engine. Herein lay one of the principal defects of the design, in that the poor fireman was expected to work under almost impossible conditions such as few would be prepared to tolerate in these days. In this connection it would probably been far more satisfactory if the engine had been constructed as an oil burner. Each bogie had a 3-cylinder engine driving the middle wheels of each 3-axle bogie.

Bulleid Leader Drawing

Bulleid Leader Drawing

Bulleid Leader Drawing

Diagram of the Leader locomotive. Drawn 1949 by British Railways, a nationalised (UK government) concern. Date 24 May 2006 (original upload date)  Source Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Oxyman using CommonsHelper.  Author Original uploader was Hellbus at en.wikipedia Permission  (Reusing this file)  PD-BRITISHGOV.
Licensing  This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.

It was planned initially to build five of these engines, but only three, Nos.36001-3, were actually constructed and only the first one ever steamed. After a few desultory trials the authorities seemed to lose interest and all three engines were quietly broken up after a very brief existence. The initial faults were many, as would be expected with such an unorthodox machine, but none was such as could not have been rectified with perseverance. Had the matter been pursued the engines might have proved a revolution in railway motive power and even done something to stem the tide of dieselisation which has since taken place.
It may now be regarded as a last, and as it turned out, abortive effort to prolong the use of steam propulsion as a factor of major importance in railway haulage.

Driving wheels – 5’ 1”, Cylinders (6) – 12¼”x 15”, Pressure – 280 lb., Tractive effort – 26350 lb., Weight – 100 tons (approx).

SR Leader 05Uploaded from (Southern Email Group) on 19 September 2006.  Official photograph of the Leader locomotive taken at Oxted. Taken on 22 November 1949 by British Railways, a nationalised (UK government) concern.(Source: Robertson, Kevin: The Leader Project (Hinckley: Ian Allan, 2007), 90) Date 19 September 2006 (original upload date) Source Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Oxyman using CommonsHelper. Author Original uploader was Old Moonraker at en.wikipedia Permission (Reusing this file) PD-BRITISHGOV.
Licensing: This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.


A few video clips from the Severn Valley Railway Gala, September 2014

A few video clips from the Severn Valley Railway Gala, September 2014

277 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004 Part 4 – Behind the Scenes, MR Crane, Narrow Gauge

277 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces
From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004
Part 4 – Behind the Scenes, MR Crane, Narrow Gauge

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Foreign Lines – By the Silent Line

Foreign Lines – By the Silent Line

The Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture 1

By the Silent Line: Photographer Pierre Folk Spent Years Documenting a Vanishing 160-Year-Old Parisian Railway by Christopher Jobson on August 21, 2014

The Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (French for “little belt railway”) was a 32 km railway that encirled Paris, connecting all the major railway stations within fortified walls during the Industrial Revolution. In service from 1852 to 1934, the line has now been partially abandoned for 80 years.

Several developers and local officials have recently set their sights on the vast swath of unused land, tunnels, and stations as an opportunity for new development. However, some railway enthusiasts and related organizations want the tracks and stations to be preserved indefinitely as part of the cities’ heritage. Others want to turn areas of de Petite Ceinture into parkways similar to the nearby Promenade plantée, a 4.7 km park built on an elevated train track in 1988 that later inspired New York’s famous High Line.

As part of his project “By the Silent Line,” photographer Pierre Folk has been working since 2011 to photograph the 160-year-old railway’s last remnants before any final decisions are made. He stalks the tracks at all times of the year, often returning to the same locations to document nature’s slow reclamation as rusted tracks and crumbling tunnels are swallowed by trees, vines, and grass. This is just a small selection of Folk’s work, you can see many more photos right here.


Help for Dyllon

 NW 521 Faux HDR Lo Sat
Just one of the pictures in the fund raising offer this month
Thanks for sharing with your stream!
#snapsfordyllon   #helpfordyllonAfter a successful August with the Mabry Mill shot, I’m offering a new special offer for #helpfordyllon this month.

Purchase any #PhotoSquared print in the Photosquared collection on my website and I’ll donate the proceeds directly to Dyllon’s family.  The offer will end on 9/30/2014.

Just visit the website at

and purchase a copy of this print or any of the other square prints in that collection and have it shipped directly to your house or office from our printer.

You can add optional mounting and framing to your print if you desire while you are there.

About Dyllon

Dyllon is a 4 year old budding photographer fighting leukemia, and his family can use a bit of assistance with the expenses related to his fight.  100% of the price of this item will go directly to the family.

Or would just like to assist Dyllon and his family financially with the costs associated with his treatments, you may donate via PayPal directly to the family at or at their Go Fund Me page  Both his mom +Jamie White      and his dad, Adam are posting updates on his treatments and condition.  Jamie posts here on G+ and Adam on Go Fund Me.

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Free Forum – World War 1 in Staffordshire

 WW1 in Staffs