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February 2019



The team transport wagon for Cornwall's Houmout Ostrich Polo team has arrived at Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway. Designed to transport two or more ostriches between venues this required raising the roof on a conventional railway cattle wagon.

The ostriches and their ostriquestriennes are accustomed to de luxe stables on their home estate so, to make them feel more at home, the wagon has an ostentatious clock turret on the roof. More details by clicking on the photographs.


Two Northumbrian bagpipers have been heard playing their instruments while riding on the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway's Alnwick to Bamburgh Express. They have been named locally as Kathryn Tickell and Billy Pigg. Their reasons for being near Brindlecliffe are currently unknown.

'Glendower Rheilffordd Gwibdaith'
and 'Monarch of the Glen'

Welsh coach
Artist's impression of 'Glendower Rheilffordd Gwibdaith'.

The management of Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway have recently announced the ordering of a Welsh-themed coach to be known as 'Glendower Rheilffordd Gwibdaith' and a Scottish-themed coach expected to be named 'Monarch of the Glen'.

Bob Trubshaw, the General Manager of the Railway, said 'These coaches will be a big improvement on the Railway's stock of passenger-carrying wagons which hitherto have been adapted from open goods wagons.' A spokesperson for W&ESTHR Engineering's Jackdaw Works said that delivery is expected before the start of the new operating season in 2019.

The name 'Glendower Rheilffordd Gwibdaith' commemorates Owain Glyndwr (born about 1359 and thought to have died in 1415), the last native Welshman to hold the title 'Tywysog Cymru' (Prince of Wales). 'Rheilffordd gwibdaith' is Welsh for 'railway outing'. More details by clicking on the illustration.

The 'Monarch of the Glen' will look as much like a baronial castle on wheels as is possible. A resident bagpiper will be playing pibroch on the battlements. More details here.


Three new locomotive drivers have been recruited by Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway in time for the 2019 operating season. The management confirmed the anticipated appointment of Maeve O'Neil, who will be operating An Cailleach Bhéara, while Nellie will be driven by 'Ollie' P. Hants-Trayner.

The Principal Track Maintenance Manager, Hans-Dieter Hersche, has been designated as the driver for Sir Toby P. Wickham. Hans-Dieter said he was very excited to be working for Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway. 'When I was growing up on a dairy farm in Appenzell, Switzerland, I thought my best career option would be to become manager of the local cheese-making factory, then work there for the rest of my life. Little did I realise that I would move first to Germany and then to England to help make better cheeses, and finally find my real vocation working on a railway in north-west Norfolk.'

All three new recruits are undergoing locomotive familiarisation training throughout February and March.

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Russell & Hobbs (ft. Glöda the Toasta)

Russell and Hobbs

With apologies to Bill Watterson

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