Other classes / Special Trains



The very first time I saw a mainline steam locomotive under her own power was at Newport when 5051 "Dryslwyn Castle" hauled the Welsh Marches Express. I didn't even know that this was happening and had just gone for a quiet days spotting. When the station started to fill I knew something was up. I defy anyone to stand beside a steam locomotive as beautiful as this not to be at least a little awed. The heat, smell and sense of raw barely restrained power are quite overwhelming. Needless to say I don't agree with many contemporary "Railfans" that steam locomotives are mere "kettles" :)

5051 Dryslwyn Castle prepares to leave with Z21, the Welsh Marches Express 5051 Dryslwyn Castle arrives with Z21, the Welsh Marches Express
5051 Dryslwyn Castle prepares to leave with Z21, the Welsh Marches Express 5051 Dryslwyn Castle runs around her train
5051 Dryslwyn Castle giving a wonderful show as she leaves with Z21, the Welsh Marches Express 5051 Dryslwyn Castle runs around her train
5051 Dryslwyn Castle runs around her train A Class 4MT tank engine on the Severn Valley Railway
A Class 4MT tank engine on the Severn Valley Railway