Today’s diversion from politics 2 of 3: Brits bonkers for steam engines

I’m sure you’ll know that when you follow a link to a YouTube video that there’s a range of video choices appearing on the right hand of the screen. That list of choices depends upon one’s previous selections.

Anyway, here’s one such choice I opened. It’s a documentary transmissed on BBC1 on Monday 10th July 1989 showing the record-breaking ‘A4’ No. 4468 “Mallard” hauling railtours on the beautiful Settle and Carlisle railway over the weekend of July 16th and 17th 1988.

What amazes is the size of the crowds watching Mallard. To my way of thinking it shows the enduring interest, nay love, that Brits have for steam engines.

A short video for steam engine buffs

At the end of August, in a party from Camberley & District Probus Club, we lunched at the Swan Hotel in Arlesford, and then took a journey on the Watercress Line [the Mid Hants Railway] from Arlesford to Alton and back again.

On the return journey from Alton to Arlesford we enjoyed a cream tea. Hmm, not much exercise, plenty of food – a fish and chip lunch, and and cream tea to follow. Lunch excellent, and the steam train journey good fun too, especially with the cream tea.

Growing up in a railway town gave me a love of steam engines, and so experiencing the noise, smell, and steam of steam engines is an occasional treat.  I, therefore, couldn’t resist making a short video of the Southern Region Schools Class ‘Cheltenham’ arriving at the font of our train to Alton.

The 160th Egham Royal Show is on 25-26th August

The Egham Royal Show is an annual agricultural and horticultural event for the local community, and is now in its 160th year.

The show is on Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August from 10.0am till 5.30pm in Mrs Caddey’s Field, Whitehall Lane, Egham TW20 9NW. There’s free covered parking.

They must be doing something right to have succeeded in lasting 160 years. Perhaps it’s to do with the vast variety of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s something of what’s available, there’s a horticultural and handicraft competition, extensive model engineering display, historic steam traction engines, tractors and static engines, scurry racing. There’s a Punch and Judy for the kids, birds of prey display, and motor cycle stunt display, plus there’s live music, food stalls, bar, and children’s fun activity centre. Oh, mustn’t forget the livestock, with pigs, sheep and Dexter cattle.

We’ve been for a number of years, including last year where we entered into the display of vintage and classic cars. Here are a few photos from last yea’s show, including of a kookaburra which I’d never seen up close before, and no, it’s not our car in the photo.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 10: Diesel Generation

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 10 Mark examines the development of diesel-electric systems in 1953, in which he drives a Class 31 diesel-electric with a cab that has a hot plate, windshield wipers and an ashtray.

This is the last of the ten of Mark Williams On The Rails videos. You can review them all HERE.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 9: Going Underground

Continuing with my episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 9 Mark examines London’s Underground and takes a ride through one of the first tunnels built under the Thames.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 8: Speed and Power

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 8 Mark looks back at the golden age of the railways in the 1920s and ’30s; the race for speed, which led to locomotives setting records.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 7: Big Country

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 7 Mark examines the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad between 1862 and 1869, which linked the east and west coasts of America.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 6: Death on the Tracks

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 6 Mark climbs inside boilers, revisits the site of early train disasters and examines gadgets that helped reduce rail fatalities.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 5: The Carriage Kings

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 5 Mark investigates how the introduction of railways affected social divisions, where he takes a ride in an old third-class carriage and a lavish trip on the Orient Express.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 4: Moving Mountains

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 4 Mark rides American trains to explore the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, which provided a much-needed link between the country’s east and west coasts.