Old transport and general ramblings

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WW2 Jeep

The classic WW2 Jeep - star of a thousand war movies

The World War 2 Jeep

The US Army Willys and Ford 'Jeeps' are a great vehicle to own and are often the first ex-army vehicle that many military hobbyists get to buy.

Their relatively small size means that they'll fit in a single garage and the cost of those all-important spares is not too high.

Interest in military vehicles is as high as it's ever been and the demand for spares and accessories means that just about every part is available and easy to find thanks to the web.

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The Balloon goes up on SSR loco

'Attack Warning Red' as a crew does some hurried maintenance on an ex-GWR SSR loco

The Strategic Steam Reserve

Long viewed as a kind of British 'Area 51' , the vast underground complex at Corsham, Rudloe Manor, Box near Bath. The complex was not however, excavated for military use being originally a quarry for the famous Bath Stone. Parts were also used as an ammunition store as well as a large district which was earmarked for government office and residential use.

Rudloe Tunnels near Bath, England was the home of the UK Government nuclear war headquarters. This secretive outfit was buried (literally) deep in the west country at Corsham, home of the uk top secret strategic steam reserve just outside Bath, England.

The secret underground reserve at Rudloe operated in a section of the huge underground quarries at Corsham in Wiltshire and provided acres of underground secure space for the storage of steam locomotives

Explore the Strategic Steam Reserve

6024 at Carmarthen

Crowds admire 6024 King Edward I at Carmarthen in pre social distancing days.

Railways in Wales

On 21 February 1804, the world's first steam railway trip took place when Richard Trevithick's steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks near Merthyr.

This first journey inaugurated over 170 years of steam haulage in the valleys with the last few NCB steam engines working in collieries right up to the 1980's.

In the intervening years, south Wales acquired the densest network of railway lines in the world with companies competing with each other to the extent that the narrow valleys often had two or three railway lines carrying the 'black gold' from the mines to the docks at Cardiff, Penarth and Barry.

Railways in Wales


 

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