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What great day my son, Giles, and I had at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.  Suffice to say Giles commented on how friendly and helpful the staff were.  My special thanks go to the engine crew on 9466, Ricky Jayne and Chris Walley, for letting us on the footplate.  The length of track may not be the longest in the land but everything else there more than compensates for that.  And you can have as many rides as you want  The engine as you have seen is Great Western Railway Pannier Tank 0-6-0 No 9466 with the power classification of 4F.  Click the link to go to the Spa Valley Railway site for brief details of the history and technical specification of the engine.  There are actually lots of sites with details of this engine, and others of its class, and one good starting point for further information is Bruce Murray.
A moments respite for Ricky, (left lower) Chris, and 9466 at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre on Wednesday 16th August 2006.  Has it really taken me 5 months to get these pages complete?  Well just doesn't time fly when you are having fun. The driver's eye view from the footplate over the top of the pannier tank.  Note the copper chimney top.  Great!! they don't make them like that anymore.
Steam up and 9466 is ready to go! Another quaint wee engine Saddle Tank No 2087.  This engine was built by Peckett for Courtaulds, the industrial conglomerate, and served its working days at three of their works.  I must confess my ignorance here as I have never heard of a 'Pecket' Engine before!  However the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre has a page devoted to the engine on this link.
On a much grander scale - Wightwick Hall, is currently undergoing 'a major restoration' and at the time of the visit  For more information the engine has a web site devoted to it called 'The Wightwick Hall Restoration Group' whose aim 'Dedicated to putting 6989 back in steam'.  Click the link for more comprehensive details on the engine. 
Above is 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter No. D2298.  It was one of the first mass produced diesel for British Railways.  Built in 1960 and withdrawn in 1968.  This class became the 04 class under the new classifications.  Again the above link to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre web site gives comprehensive details of the engine.  The diesel on the left may look nice in its smart BR 'Blue' livery but it can't hold a candle to this wonderful looking 0-4-4 Metropolitan Railway engine  No 1 resplendent in its maroon livery.  Again the link takes you straight to the engines page on the BRC web site.
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