2014-06-18 BucksRail

During my 2014 UK holiday I visited the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton.
Location  An overview Entrance Main Building DSC01173  The first thing that strikes the  eye when you enter the BRC is its main building. It is Oxford's former Rewley Road station building. Erected by the same builders as from the Crystal Palace similar techniques were used. It was disassembled in 1999 and reerected and restored at BRC in 2002. A remarkable feat, if I may say so. DSC01186  Inside. The space of the station is used well for a shop, refreshments and a seating area. The guise of a station is upheld by a train at the platform.
DSC00862  Again a Castle class (see my photo album of my visit to the  Didcot Railway Centre ).   As I have already made quite a few shots from this class I will show only a few general shots here. DSC00864 DSC00875 DSC00869  Originally named Ogmore castle it was renamed Defiant in January 1941,   commemorating one of the many types of aircraft which had taken part in the Battle of Britain.
DSC00928  The cab was accessible DSC00877 DSC00879 DSC00885
DSC00887 DSC00897 DSC00901  The firebox inside DSC00911  This "Special Saloon" behind the Castle was used by Churchill and Eisenhower. Two such carriages were built for high-speed travel (160 km/h).
DSC00912 DSC00913 DSC00914  Kitchen area DSC00915
DSC00916 DSC00917  Communication centre. With even a telephone (imagine ;-) DSC00919 DSC00920  Conference room
DSC00921 DSC00923  Lounge DSC00924  With a radiooooooo DSC00925
DSC00926  Since I have been to Chartwell (Churchill's house) I feel a connection to the man. DSC00931  Apart from a few school groups there were very few visitors. The museum was op for a "viewing day" which means there was nothing special going on and officially only the meusuem and the open air was accessible. In practice many of the volunteers were so proud of their work that I was often kindly invited in. DSC00934  Two mail cars from the time that Mail and Rail were married. DSC00935
DSC00936 DSC00937 DSC00938  I was kindly invited in and had a good chat with a man who once worked for the mail. I heard some good strong stories. I loved it! Old Station Quainton Road
DSC01001 DSC00940b DSC01225  One track of the line was broken up. The one remaining track of the line still sees occasional freight traffic. DSC00933
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DSC01002 DSC01009 Signal Box DSC01003
DSC01004 DSC01005 DSC01016 Engine Shed
DSC00943  From the footbridge of the old Quainton Road station the Engine Shed was in full view DSC01218 DSC00958  There was a sign saying that the shed was closed but again I was kindly invited in and toured around DSC00951  This is one of the reasons I came: this  Sentinel locomotive  is special in the sense that it powered by chain instead of conventional rod. It also has a vertical boiler ...
DSC00952  ... and a two cylinder vertical steam motor DSC00953  Pity that it was under overhaul but I was nevertheless happy to have seen some of it. Y3  This is an outline of how it should look. See it run on  this video DSC00955  At the back of the engine shed there were two fireless locomotives under overhaul.
DSC00956 DSC00957 DSC00946   No 3567 Sydenham  is a curiosity: it was built by a builder of (road) traction engines, Aveling & Porter.   Based on the same outline they also built this railway locomotive in 1895 DSC00964
DSC00959   No 2087  is one of the only six members strong OY-1 class by Peckett. It was part of a batch of four built to the order of Courtaulds in 1948. DSC01193 DSC01196 DSC01194  Some tanks in need of a good paint job.
DSC01195  ..like this DSC01197   This loco  was buit for the war department in 1940 DSC01214 DSC00960  This is  another Sentinel  and yes it is a steam locomotive.
DSC00996 DSC00962  In this engine the drive passes via a two speed gear box through a single chain to the front axle. DSC00963 DSC00965
DSC00967  The BRS have no less than six  Nissen huts , the contents of which will remain a mystery to me as they were not accessible to the general public.  I sauntered around for some time but no one caught the bright idea of inviting me in.... DSC00944 Museum DSC00968  Inside the museum there is a variety of objects on display
DSC00970 DSC00971 DSC00972 DSC00973  One of these  Mail Locomotives  featured in on of Michael Portillo's "Great British Railway Journeys"
DSC00975 DSC00976 DSC00978 DSC00980  If there is one peculiarity of British railways that I may choose to be the most appealing, than it will be the private ownership of goods cars, resulting in very colourful hodgepodge
DSC00981  A brake or guards van. Goods wagons were not braked. Only the locomotive and the brake provided braking power to freight. This asked skillful handling of goods trains and also resulted in low train speeds (40 km/h).  The brake van was marshalled at the rear of the train so both portions of the train could be brought to a stand in the event of a coupling breaking. This practise slowly died out when trains were fitted with continous brakes which operated from the locomotive, but the phenomenon persisted until as late a 1980. DSC00984 DSC00985 DSC00986   Another Aveling & Porter
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DSC00995  A Mansell wheel set. Special. Well, yeah, sort of, as it had a wooden body, supposedly resulting in a smoother ride. The introduction of steel ended this practise. DSC01200  Another one outside DSC01201  Three small wagon turntables DSC01202  The museum does not only contain rolling stock per se but also various exhibits "more or less" related to railways
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Restoration Shed DSC01018 DSC01019 DSC01022b
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DSC01032  The smal end of the driving rod with the yellowish metal of the plain bearing. I wonder why this 1948 built locomotive did not get roller bearings. This was common practise in the US since the thirties. It reminds me of a statement I read somewhere:   The demise of steam lies no so much in its inefficiency but in the failure to adopt all available techniques to improve its performance. DSC01036b DSC01037 DSC01041
DSC01042 DSC01043  A rare view into the crosshead DSC01044 DSC01045  The rear of the locomotive proper where the three drawbars were to connect to the tender
DSC01046 DSC01049  A view between the frameplates DSC01050b DSC01048
DSC01052 DSC01057  The Hall's boiler was outside DSC01058 DSC01063
DSC01067   Millom DSC01071 DSC01069 DSC01073
DSC01055   GWR 9466  is clearly in a state of heavy repair DSC01074 DSC01076 DSC01061  Its tanks
DSC01075  and motion DSC01077 DSC01078 Miniature Railway
DSC01062  Well, the double gauge model railway was not in operation so there was littel activity DSC01228  but not quite "no activity" DSC01231 DSC01232
Various exhibits DSC01167  Beyer and Peacock built this  Beattie  in 1863. DSC01162 DSC01164
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DSC01178 DSC01180 DSC01007  It ran up and down the line with a few coaches. DSC01012
DSC01066 DSC01222  and did some shunting DSC01227 DSC01226
DSC01081  This is a  Sentinel steam railcar  supplied to the Egyptian railways in 1951 DSC01082 DSC01233 DSC01083
DSC01014 DSC01017 DSC01242b  My visit to the BRC was, amongst other reasons, initiated by a photo of this Class 25NC of the South African Railways which I found in "Railways Restored 2013". I found it very impressive and I have dedicated a  special photo album  to this loco alone.