Thursday, 25 December 2008


Merry Christmas from all at the Railway Circle - May God Bless you and all your families.

Sunday, 7 December 2008


I don't know if anyone out there actually reads this blog, but I thought it worth explaining that posting is none too frequent because we actually spend our life working. The chance to do anything train related is unfortunately rare (well, apart from playing Trainz 2009 in my spare time). This means that subjects for posts are none too common, but whenever we do anything it will eventually make it on line. 

North British 2: From North to South

As if by chance, around the same time our members were at the GFT seeing a film about the North British Locomotive Company, a colleague of another member was holidaying in South Africa. The NBL had a long link with South Africa, having built over 2000 steam locomotives for the Dominion. A film about the building of the 2000th locomotive can be found at the Scottish Screen Archive.

The aforementioned vacationer happened across a railyard in the Western Cape, I believe, and found some of these very same Glasgow built locomotives. A picture of one is included on this post. (In another picture one could clearly make out the NBL makers plate on the loco, but that picture is not available.)

It truly is a small world!     

North British 1

Two of our members recently took a trip to the Glasgow Film Theatre which was showing "Diamonds were Forever" a film history of the North British Locomtive Company of Glasgow. This Company was a famous Glasgow builder of steam locomotives (and an infanous buider of diesels!). The Company began at the start of the 1900s but by the early sixties was bankrupt, most of which was the fault of the unreliable diesels they built. 

Our members professed themselves very interested and recommend the film. 

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Highland Railway Adventures

One of our members, a Highlander by birth but a Lowlander by vocation, recently took a jaunt up to the Sutherland and Caithness Railway of the Highland Railway (aka First Scotrail's Wick & Thurso Line). This was a few days holiday from the hard work required in moving parishes (as he recently did) and thanks to Sainsburys a Mon-Fri return from Glasgow to Wick was only £15 (normally £70!). 

This line was built in the 1870s, initially for the 3rd Duke of Sutherland (grandson of the 1st Duke of "Highland Clearances" infamy) so that he could reach his Highland castle of Dunrobin. I don't know if our illustrious cleric travelled the same way as His Grace of Sutherland but I am sure he did so with the same style and panache.