A new “addition” to the History of Liphook Station-crime

Following a fascinating article on crimes on the LSWR, in the latest issue of the South Western Circular, I have added a small piece on the attack perpetrated by an Army Colonel. He joined  a London bound train at Liphook, just over 142 years to the day and indecently assaulted a lady passenger  as the train travelled at speed between Woking and Esher.

South West Trains- Sorry to see you go

So one of the best run rail franchises over the past 21 years, South West Trains (Stagecoach) has lost its franchise  to First.

Sorry to see them go- obviously running it well for 21 years doesn’t count much with the Department against Transport.

First- you’ve got a great act to follow and based on your performance elsewhere  we could all be in for a rough ride!

Google+ pages

We have taken the decision to no longer keep the Google+ pages on members layouts, the club, club history & history of the Liphook Railway Station up to date. Content that is still relevant, will be transferred to this site over a period of time.

This will  mean a significant increase in the number of pages on this site- more to see, read & come back to!

We have created a new Google+ page called Liphook Railway Station History to collate all the oddments…

We have created a new Google+ page called Liphook Railway Station History to collate all the oddments of photos and information we have collected over the years. Another part of our 50yrs celebration.
google.com/+MillandvalleyrailwayCoUkLiphookrlystationhistory

Ex Hollycombe Engine back in Sweden

A much travelled narrow gauge 0-4-0 T loco manufactured by J A Maffel of Munich in 1925 for a  Swedish industrial railway, has recently returned via  the USA, Sweden and England  to the Risten-Lavik Jurnbane (RLJ) near Stockholm. It was damaged by a shell in WW2 and was out of use  by the mid 60’s.  It was shipped to New York, later to Seattle and returned to Sweden in the 1990’s having never run in the US.

It was restored in the 1990’s in Sweden before an arrangement  for it to run  on the RLJ  fell through, as they had no need of another loco. The loco was purchased by British enthusiasts in March 2006 and ran for a time on the Quarry railway at the Hollycombe steam collection.

In 2007 it was bought by the Lynton and Barnstable Railway Trustees,  as a replacement for Bronllwyd, whose boiler ticket was due to expire. It entered service as Sid (after the Devon river), on the L&BR in August of that year and ran until the following  August, when it was withdrawn from service. It left the L&BR in January 2009 to have work  on the cylinders, wheels and boiler and returned in September 2009. Further work was carried out on a broken lateral stay in the boiler in 2011 and until late  2013 was regularly in use on passenger trains. It was then sold to RLJ, arriving in Sweden in January 2014, where it has been renamed Lakvik as RLJ number 3.

Précis of article in Skandiapilen the Journal of the Scandinavian Railways Society No 73 Spring 2014 by Phil and Lin Spiegelhalter

A “new” fact regarding Liphook railway station signalling

Reading the latest South Western Circle Monograph on the L&SWR use of low pressure pneumatic signalling by Stuart Isbister I came across the following-

“Upper quadrant signals were first introduced onto former L&SWR routes at Liphook on Sunday 25th March 1928”

Apparently no further conversion dates are recorded on “Signalling Notices” to train crew.

It also appears that about the same time distant signals generally were changed from red arms, to the now familiar yellow arm with black chevrons. The spectacle colours were changed to yellow and green (from red and green).

The description of a yellow distant signal, with arm in the horizontal position was referred to as being “at caution” rather than “at danger” as previously.

Sir Nigel Gresley regrets

Sir Nigel Gresley will not be traversing the Portsmouth line tomorrow. Instead the special will be pulled to and from Westbury by a diesel-type unknown. Sir Nigel will take the special from and back to Westbury

A model  of Sir Nigel Gresley in L.N.E.R blue was one of the first Hornby Dublo offerings when the range was introduced in 1938