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Goods Train Weekend

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April 2006

Goods trains were a very important source of revenue on railway lines like ours. In the early 1880s, the railways were able to move many tons of materials, livestock and commodities across the country, the like of which had never been seen before.

Pick up the Goods

We demonstrated how this was achieved with period British Railways road vehicles delivering and collecting parcels for conveyance by goods trains.

Vintage delivery vehicles - Chris Dadson No.96 simmers in the Saturday
morning sunshine at Horsted Keynes - Jon Bowers

No.65 drops down the 1 in 75 near Nobles with the 1.42pm goods from Kingscote - Jon Bowers Dukedog with the Grouping-period Goods Train on the Saturday at Tremains - Derek Hayward

Two vintage goods trains ran, hauled by LSWR B4 Class locomotive No.96 "Normandy" built in 1893, SECR O1 Class locomotive, No.65 built in 1896, and GWR locomotive No.9017 "Earl of Berkeley".

Passenger services hauled by Blackmoor Vale and 75027.

Blackmoor Vale - Derek Hayward Fenchurch with the Pre-grouping Goods Train on the Sunday - Derek Hayward

The pre-grouping goods train ran, hauled by LBSCR Terrier No.672 "Fenchurch" of 1872. Normandy shunted at Horsted Keynes. Passenger services hauled by the O1 and Blackmoor Vale, and the Golden Arrow lunchtime train by 75027.

Blackmoor Vale's train included the LMS Bananna Van.

Some re-organisation was necessary as the U-class has had a recurrence of brake problems on the tender. The Esso bitumen tanker has birds nesting in it, so couldn't be used!

Photographs on this page by Derek Hayward, Jon Bowers, Chris Dadson

More photos (although sadly most were on fotopic, which is no longer running) from:

Videos (still available!) from Chris Ward:

Quicktime Movies, of 6-9 MB size.

Video1 - Chris Ward Video2 - Chris Ward Video3 - Chris Ward

Six more movies are also still available from Jon Bowers

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