Old Oak Common Depot

The largest depot on the Great Western Railway (GWR) and British Rail (BR) Western Region, Old Oak Common depot catered for Paddington and West London area services. The railway depot has undergone many changes over the years and plans are in place for future development of its railway maintenance facilities.

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Barry Scrapyard

The tale of Barry scrapyard is truly amazing. Woodham’s South Wales scrapyard received hundreds of redundant steam locomotives for scrap. Various reasons caused these locos to linger on for many years after withdrawal. The breathtaking sight of lines of rusting locos will never be forgotten by those fortunate enough to witness it. Even more remarkably the majority of the engines were eventually saved.

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Railway Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories come in many different flavours. They range from the utterly ridiculous to the downright evil. Somewhere in the middle are the the fun ones that many people mock, but some secretly hope are true. Railways have been the subject of more than a few conspiracy theories over the years.

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Frederick Methvan Whyte and Whyte Notation

Every railway enthusiast recognises the method of classifying locomotives by their number of wheels, e.g. 0-6-0. This notation, called Whyte Notation, got its name from the engineer who developed it, Frederick Methvan Whyte.

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Jinxed Locomotives

Some locomotives gain reputations for being jinxed, usually after being involved in one or more accidents. Given the history of some of these engines their bad reputations often seem well-deserved rather than fanciful superstition.

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British Rail Flying Saucer

British Rail, the former British nationalised railway company, once patented a design for a nuclear flying saucer. The 1970s patent design wasn’t for a run of the mill flying saucer, but for an Interplanetary nuclear powered flying saucer.

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Toton Depot

Toton is the largest UK traction depot of the modern era in terms of locomotives allocated. The location of Toton Depot lies between Derby and Nottingham on the Erewash Valley line.

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Featured Loco: BR Class 31

The BR Class 31 or Brush Type 2 diesel-electric A1A-A1A locomotives were introduced in 1957. They were initially employed on the Eastern Region and later on the Western and London Midland Regions. Some were taken out of service in 1970s and 80s, but the majority were withdrawn in the late 1980s to 2000 period. A handful remain in service at the time of writing.

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