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NORTH WEST BRANCH
There are building works at the Pied Bull.
The branch are looking for temporary accomodation
for February to April Meetings
Contact the Secretary for further information


Latest Press Features for LCGB

Click to see a full list of earlier features further down this page

Steam Days - January 2020 Issue.
This includes an article entitled 'LNER Pacifics on the Southern Region 1948 - 67'.
Much of this activity was on society railtours towards the end of steam which, of course, includes FOUR with the LCGB. These are covered both in the text and well-captioned photos. The four Railtours are:-

The Westcountryman 24.02.63. 60022 'Mallard'. Waterloo - Exeter -WR.

The High Peak 18.09.65. 4472 'Flying Scotsman'. Waterloo - Reading - LMR.

A4 Commemorative 27.03.1966. 60024 'Kingfisher'. Waterloo - Exeter and return

The A2 Commemorative 14.08 1966. 60532 'Blue Peter'. Waterloo - Exeter - WR
Only one significant detail was missing - in respect of the A2 Tour. On arrival at Exeter Central after stalling on Honiton, 'Blue Peter' parked its train and retired to Exmouth Junction shed for fire cleaning. In this the loco crew were assisted by Railtour Committee member, Dave Rollins, who had worked earlier in his career on LNER Pacifics.

Modern Railways - December 2019 Issue. This is not a direct LCGB reference but there is a strong LCGB link. The issue includes a special supplement marking the end of the last Virgin Trains franchise. One of the articles is by the great Chris Green and refers to the record breaking Pendolino run from Euston to Manchester and return. This was driven by our own Rod 'Tommy' Farr in his final week of service. Chris Green refers to him as Our 'Formula 1' driver.


Photos from November Mexican Study Tour by Keith Jones


Chepe Executive train at Divisadero

Ferromex grain train in loop south of Chihuahua

Lunch in the dining car
with motley group of travelling companions

Train in Creel station

Crossing eastbound Chepe Express

Chepe Executive - Los Mochis

Plinthed locomotive outside Los Mochis station

Plinthed loco downtown Los Mochis

Ferromex road-rail vehicles at El Fuerte

Loco at disused sugar mill Los Mochis

Unofficial visit to Sinaloa depot-Ferromex liveried locomotives

2011 in Chepe Express livery

Chepe Express - El Fuerte

Chepe Executive leaves Posada

At Chihuahua Roundhouse - loco on 1910 built turntable



Robin Patrick enjoys East Lancs Santa Specials

December 2019



34902 arrives at Ramsbottom

34902 leaves Ramsbottom


80097 at Irwell Vale


34092 at Ewood Bridge.



Havana Cristina Museum

Update November 2019

At last the museum is open

Click for more photos and details in Spanish




Cristina Museum Tower January 2018

Work is still proceeding, the left hand tower is complete and the righthand tower nearing completion. The locos which were outside in the Arsenal Park in 2016 are still there.
1122, E1138, 1205, 1308, 1816
Posters still say completion in 2018.

Hershey Railway

Hershey Works April 2016

We called to see a driver who had helped us in 2016.
He has been redundant without pay since the storm damaged the overhead wires. He says a section north of Hershey is operational and will be followed by Hershey - Casablanca (optimistic)
Casablanca station was deserted, and still has the timetable board unchanged but a tatty handwritten notice says 'Closed'. The cafe was deserted too.




Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway Saturday 5th October 2019

Words and Photographs by Robin Patrick

This was Bowaters Light Railway, 2ft 6"inch gauge servicing the paper mill at Kemsley with Ridham Dock & Sittingbourne. In October 1969 it was closed and on the 4th October 1969 the section between Sittingbourne & Kemsley Down was handed over to The Locomotive Club of Great Britain along with locomotives & rolling stock.

'Leader' at Kemsley Down.

Due to the LCGB having a good membership in the area so it then became a preserved railway instead of an industrial railway. After a couple of years it was felt it should be separated from the LCGB which was done.

Charles Firminger Club President & Liz Fuller Trustees Chairman

This October the S&KLR wanted to celebrate the handing over of the railway so for LCGB Members and invited guests a 50th Anniversary of Handover event was arranged. at Kemsley Down.

'Melior & Leader'. Passengers join the return Sittingbourne train

Two trains ran from Sittingbourne hauled by 'Melior' and 'Leader' both 0-4-2ST's built by Kerr Stuart conveying guests then a follow up train conveying the Mayor and Mayoress of Swale.



Some of S&KLR Volunteers in front of 'Melior'

Three speeches were made, the Chairman of the Trustees Liz Fuller, the Mayor of Swale,Councillor Ken Ingleton & LCGB Club President Charles Firminger. After the speeches refreshments were provided.


The locomotives in steam on handover day were lined up at Kemsley Mill during afternoon of October 4th 1969.

Several LCGB Members are still involved with the Railway & a few of us who were there in 1969 attended on the day.

Thanks to the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway for the day.


Next AGM
will be held on Saturday 25 April 2020
at Keen House, in London
Further details to follow.





CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – BEDFORD – 27 April 2019

The main Club’s AGM was held in St John’s Church Hall, Bedford on Saturday 27 April.

Before the AGM the Club Management Committee met with Branch Officials.
The AGM was naturally attended by many members of LCGB
.

A most useful day during which ideas and information on a wide range of subjects were exchanged
and two appointments of Officials occurred:-

Charles Firminger was appointed President.
A vacancy occurred due to the death of Jack Turner four months ago.
Charles was previously one of three Vice-Presidents.

Bill Davies was appointed Branch Liaison Officer.

This follows the continued concerns over previous incumbent Robin Patrick’s health.

Club and Branch Officials (Photo Brian Cross)



2018 Photographic Competition Winners

Class A winner by John Sloane

Click here to see all the 2018 winning entries.

These are all big Acrobat files which might take a short while to load

Click here to see all the 2017 winning entries.

Click here to see all the 2015 winning entries.



LCGB/PTG CUBA FEBRUARY 2018



We are fortunate to have a list of all the steam locomotives seen
The numbers on a few of the locos are not believed to be correct
Details are noted on the list where known

Click her to see the list

 

Ivor Harding Films

The club has been bequeathed some scanned copies of the late Ivor Harding film collection.
These can be made available to members wishing to view them.
They consist of a large number of MP4 format files held on a single copy data stick but are too large to email.
They are intended for personal viewing (or at LCGB Branch Meetings) and are not to be used for commercial purposes without the permission of the LCGB.
Ivor was a regular attendee at the London and St. Albans branches. His work and railway interests enabled him to travel to many countries around the world.
Click here to see the list of films
If interested contact Chris Capewell





May 2017
Webmaster visits Paraguay


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LCGB Overseas Study Tour to South Africa
March 29th – April 24th 2017

Photos by Robin Patrick

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LCGB IN THE RAILWAY PRESS

MODERN RAILWAYS

December 2019 Issue. This is not a direct LCGB reference but there is a strong LCGB link. The issue includes a special supplement marking the end of the last Virgin Trains franchise. One of the articles is by the great Chris Green and refers to the record breaking Pendolino run from Euston to Manchester and return. This was driven by our own Rod 'Tommy' Farr in his final week of service. Chris Green refers to him as Our 'Formula 1' driver.

HERITAGE RAILWAY

Issue 251 published 15 February 2019. Page 12 includes the full obituary press release tribute to our late President, Jack Turner.

RAILWAY MAGAZINE

April 2019 Issue. The 'World Track Record' feature includes an extended item on India and Bangladesh on page104.

There are two sub-articles about recently restored East India Railway 2-2-2 No.21 Express, built in 1855 and South Eastern Railway 4-8-0+0-8-4 Beyer-Garratt No. 38811.These loco were both encountered in steam on the recent LCGB tour of India. This included an LCGB special with No.21.

The photos illustrating the two locos and the accompanying text were supplied by Chris Lewis and Amit Chopra who planned and led the tour.


January 2019 Issue.
This includes an article about well known Keighley and Worth Valley Railway stalwart, Richard Greenwood.

There is reference in the text to the 'L&y Pug Railtour' of 19 February 1967, promoted by LCGB North West Branch and the Roch Valley Railway Society. This consisted of three return brake-van trips from Rochdale to Whitworth, all hauled by Pug No. 51218.

There is also a photo of one of the trips at Shawclough and Healey with the Pug displaying the LCGB NORTH WEST headboard.

October 2017 Issue
The 'Practice and Performance' article on pages 20 - 24 concludes with a log and description of the run of WD 2-8-0 No. 90076 from Wakefield Kirkgate to Goole on the Club North West Branch's 'Crab Commemorative Railtour' of 8 October 1966.

The article states that this log is the only one known of a run by a WD 2-8-0 on a main line passenger train. There is an accompanying photo of the train after arrival at Goole.

May 2017 Issue
On page 108 there is an additional feature entitled 'World Track Record Special' .This is about India and much of the
information was provided by Chris Lewis based on his observations while leading the recent Club tour of India.

OLD GLORY

(Steam and Vintage Preservation)

September 2017 issue. Brief article by Robin Patrick covering non-rail steam vehicles at the LCGB 'Stars of Sandstone' event in South Africa in April 2017.

STEAM WORLD

October 2017 issue. In the readers letters feature, Platform, there is a letter praising the LCGB 'B4 Dock Tank Railtour' of April 1963 and explaining how the writer as an impecunious teenager managed to travel at affordable cost from the North West to Hampshire to join the Tour. The letter is from Ray Hardman who later became Fixtures and Railtours Officer for the NW Branch and organised a number of outstanding Railtours in the last years of steam.

Also on page 59 in an article about steam at Guildford, there is a photo of USA tank No. 30064 taking water at the station while hauling the joint LCGB/RCTS 'Midhurst Belle' Railtour of 18 October 1964.

STEAM DAYS

Steam Days - January 2020 Issue.
This includes an article entitled 'LNER Pacifics on the Southern Region 1948 - 67'.
Much of this activity was on society railtours towards the end of steam which, of course, includes FOUR with the LCGB. These are covered both in the text and well-captioned photos. The four Railtours are:-

The Westcountryman 24.02.63. 60022 'Mallard'. Waterloo - Exeter -WR.

The High Peak 18.09.65. 4472 'Flying Scotsman'. Waterloo - Reading - LMR.

A4 Commemorative 27.03.1966. 60024 'Kingfisher'. Waterloo - Exeter and return

The A2 Commemorative 14.08 1966. 60532 'Blue Peter'. Waterloo - Exeter - WR
Only one significant detail was missing - in respect of the A2 Tour. On arrival at Exeter Central after stalling on Honiton, 'Blue Peter' parked its train and retired to Exmouth Junction shed for fire cleaning. In this the loco crew were assisted by Railtour Committee member, Dave Rollins, who had worked earlier in his career on LNER Pacifics.

November 2019 Issue. This includes an article on the life and times of T9 4-4-0 No.(30)120.The article refers to the first restoration of the loco in 1962-63 during which it worked a number of Railtours which are referred to in the article,.
The first and last of these were for the LCGB and were respectively 'The Sussex Coast Limited' of 24 June 1962 and 'The Thames Avon and Severn' of 12 October 1963.There is also a photo of the former at Eastbourne.

June 2019 Issue. This includes an article covering the locomotive histories of each of the Britannia class Pacifics
named after poets.Among these was the Festival of Britain exhibit No. 70004 'William Shakespeare'. The text about No. 70004
includes reference to the FOUR LCGB Railtours which the loco hauled in 1966.

Members who were around to participate in Club Railtours in the sixties may be interested in a Readers' Letter from Mr. David Idle
which makes reference to his frequent participation in LCGB Railtours during that era..


March 2019 Issue
-The Club's obituary press release tribute to our late President, Jack Turner, by Club Chairman, Bob Breakwell, appears in full in the Readers Letters feature.

This issue also includes an article titled 'The life and times of Stanier 5XP Silver Jubilee'. This article includes a photo of No.45552 on the LCGB 'Thames Avon and Severn Railtour' of 12 October 1963 together with a reference to it in the text of the article.

October 2018 Issue. This includes a major article on 'The life and times of Flying Scotsman'. There is text and photographic reference to the LCGB operated '40th Anniversary Non-Stop' of 1 May 1968 and the return 'East Coast Limited' of 4 May 1968, also non-stop.
The latter is also on the front cover. Unfortunately, the Club's 'Thames -Tyne Limited' of 3 June 1967 which No. 4472 hauled from Newcastle to Kings Cross is an omission from the list of Railtours which Scotsman worked.

August 2018 issue.This includes the annual article by Frederick Rogers looking back 50 years, timed this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the end of BR standard gauge steam.

In the coverage of Railtours there are two references to the LCGB. One in the text briefly summarises the end of steam Railtour on Sunday 4 August and the other is to the Tour with Alan Pegler's 'Flying Scotsman' on 1 May non-stop from Kings Cross to Edinburgh commemorating the first such run 40 years earlier.

The latter is accompanied by the late Patrick Russell's famous epic photo of No. 4472 with Deltic No. D9021 at Belle Isle.

STEAM RAILWAY


Issue No. 495 published 26 July 2019. On page 21 in a column of news items there is a section covering Charles Firminger's recent appointment as LCGB President.

Issue No.482 - 20 July 2018. This includes an article covering the LCGB 40th Anniversary Non-stop of 1 May 1968 with Alan Pegler and 'Flying Scotsman'. The article includes a full log of the run, details of the water supply problems en route and, unusually, a photo of the return non-stop run on Saturday 4 May 1968.

Issue No. 490 published 1 March 2019. On Page 29 there is a summary of the obituary tribute to Jack Turner.




The LCGB train at Kurseongto Ghum on the Darjeeling Railway in 2016.
The locomotive is the standard Class B for the line, 0-4-0T 806.

Study Tours of India


Click here to see a full report of the January 2017 tour to the South of India and Sri Lanka


Click here to see January 2016 Tour Photographs covering the North of India






September 2016
Webmaster visits Namibia and Zimbabwe
Click to see


LCGB/IRS Tour to Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic
2016
by David Rollins and Nigel Mundy



Click to see this report




October 2015 LCGB Tour of North Korea
by Keith Jones



Click to see this report which includes interesting backgrounds of the country




Click to see Howard Forster and Chris Campbells'
full report of their visit to Japan
with 76 Photographs


The number of photographs may make the page slow to load




SRI LANKA

The Club's extremely successful Overseas Study Tour to Sri Lanka in January has received some significant coverage in the media,

Thanks are due to Chris and Robin together with Colin Miell and Bob Stonehouse for supplying material to the magazines.

The magazines are Railway Herald, Railway Magazine and Heritage Railway

The Club Overseas Study Tour to Sri Lanka took place from 14th to 25th January 2015 and was blessed with superb weather conditions.

The Club achieved a first by taking steam back to Jaffna after a gap of 45 years. The line had only reopened in October following many years of civil unrest. With the granting of special permission, the train went on with steam to arrive in Kankesanthurai just before dusk over a line only reopened 2 weeks previously.

The steam programme overall turned out to be rather too ambitious and was altered as circumstances demanded. On the last day returning to Colombo, the train was left at Ragama due to injector problems with the tender tank locomotive No. 213.

Click here for full report and Robin Patrick's photographs

NOW INCLUDE DIESEL PHOTOS TOO



THe LCGB Group at Colombo Fort Station on 16th January 2015, immediately prior to the start of the steam tour.


Class B2B 4-6-0 tender tank performs a runpast
en route from Anuradhapura to Maho Junction, 19th January 2015


Class B1d 4-6-0 No. 340 Fredrick North (R Stephenson 1944) stands at Jaffna
after arriving with the first steam hauled train to arrive in 45 years.


Class B1d 4-6-0 performs a late afternoon runpast near Kalkudah,
en route from Galoya Junction to Batticaloa, 21st January 2015.


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