Welcome to BRITISH RAILWAYS
This site is for both the railway enthusiast and non-railway enthusiast alike.
For everyone there is a journey along the Settle & Carlisle railway and for the railway die-hards there are
notes, sightings, observations, logs and other "things" of interest from the past.
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FOR EVERYONE - ENTHUSIASTS AND NON-ENTHUSIASTS
THE SETTLE & CARLISLE RAILWAY
click here for the Settle and Carlisle railway A photographic lineside journey along the scenic Settle and Carlisle line plus galleries and videos to entice both railway enthusiasts and connoisseurs of scenic splendour alike.
Information, trivia and snippets about the line and locations en route.
So just sit back, get your free ticket and start your journey!
Click here for a journey along the Settle & Carlisle Railway

STRICTLY FOR THE ENTHUSIASTS
THE CHESTERFIELD OBSERVER
click here for the Chesterfield Observer Detailed lineside observations at Chesterfield Midland between 1981-1992
Want to know what engine worked what in the 1980s?
Are you doing historical research into locomotive workings?
Perhaps you just want to see what it was like in the "good old days"?
You may find something of interest here!
Click here for The Chesterfield Observer
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THE ROLLING STOCK OBSERVER
click here for The Rolling Stock Observer This is a reference work of the observations of passenger and non-passenger carrying coaches from 1981 onwards.
There are many observations at Chesterfield, my home town, as well as from all around the country.
This will not appeal to the vast majority of enthusiasts, in fact it probably won't appeal to anybody - apart from myself, but I'm a bit of an oddity, I'm rather facinated by numbers!
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WORKS INTRUDER
click here for Works Intruder Locomotive works visits in the 1980s.
This is a small collection of observations from the main locomotive workshops of British Rail in the 1980s from the massive Crewe to the tiny Stratford!
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SHED SURPRISE
click here for Shed Surprise British Rail shed visits in the 1980s. This is a large collection of observations from railway depots from all over the country. A nostalgic look at how it used to be, most of the locos are now history and many of the sheds too!
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CROMPTON CAROUSEL
click here for Crompton Carousel Class 33s were the main motive power on the Cardiff-Portsmouth corridor in the 1980s.
From 1986 to 1988 I spent a week's holiday each year riding behind them mainly between Southampton and Warminster but taking the odd ride a little further afield behind 50s plus 73s on the Bournemouth-Waterloos.
Starting from Weymouth each day this is the story of the great days of "Crompton" haulage in the late 1980s. A photo gallery is included.
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MILTON KEYNES DRIFTER
click here for Milton Keynes Drifter For the whole of 1987 I worked at London Euston parcels depot and lived in Milton Keynes, travelling each day backwards and forwards - drifting!
Class 81s, 85s, 86s and 87s were the main motive power at the time along with the class 310 EMUs.
This is a detailed record of what I travelled on and what I saw, - it is a year in my life, a travelling diary if you like.
A photo gallery is included.
Click here for Milton Keynes Drifter

HOPE VALLEY HOBO
click here for Hope Valley Hobo From January to the end of March 1988 I worked at Stockport parcels office but lived in Chesterfield commuting everyday by train from Sheffield and Dore through the Hope Valley.
This is a record of what I travelled on - mostly 31/4s with the odd 47 thrown in for good measure.
A photo gallery is included.
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