Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Buckinghamshire Places (4) : Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield is a market town in South Buckinghamshire close to High Wycombe and Amersham. The earliest record of Beaconsfield dates from the late twelfth century where it was known as Bekensfeld (Beeches Field). In the mid-thirteenth century the town received it's charter allowing it to have a yearly market (on May 10th) which the town continues to have to the current day. In latter years Beaconsfield was a stop for stagecoaches travelling between London and Oxford. Nowadays Beaconsfield is very affluent, indeed it was named Britain's richest town in 2008!

Beaconsfield consists of the Old Town and the New Town which was a result of the railways reaching the town at the start of the twentieth century with new settlement being built up around Beaconsfield railway station. An example of one of the buildings of the New Town is the Church of St Michael and All Angels.

A notable attraction of the town is Bekonscot, the first model village in the world. The town also has film studios with the town often appearing in films and TV productions such as Thunderball and Inspector Morse.

Monday, 19 August 2019

BGLR : Plymouth 2.0

Apart from some running the BGLR has been quiet this week. Plymouth will return to the workshop soon to complete it's makeover. There will, at the start of September, be a bit of a stock cascade as the Railcar goes into the reserve fleet (to be replaced by the push-pull coach), some wagons will also be changed and finally Maggie will be replaced in the active fleet by Black Beauty.

Sunday, 18 August 2019


As the railway franchise East Midlands Trains ended this weekend (to be replaced by East Midlands Railway), yesterday I headed into the East Midlands to have one last trip on EMT's trains.

I visited Loughborough in Leicestershire for the first time, having a walk along the Grand Union Canal there as well as a brief visit to the heritage Great Central Railway's station at Loughborough. I must visit the town again one day as both canal and preserved railway will require a lot more exploration! You can see my photos here.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

RNLB City of Sheffield

One of the exhibits at the excellent National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield is a retired Tyne class lifeboat which carries the city's name.

Lifeboat 1131 City of Sheffield was built in 1988 at Wright/Souter and served at Whitby, Ramsgate, Hartlepool, Relief and Poole lifeboat stations [1]. It served at Poole for the longest, saving over six hundred and fifty people in fifteen years service before being retired in 2016 [2].

[1] Nicholas Leach and Tony Denton, Lifeboat Directory (Ships in Focus, 2013) p. 105
[2] "RNLI City of Sheffield: Lifeboat which saved 650 people retired" <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-37940364>