More links

For your interest we’ve collated a few links that may prove useful. Please take the inclusion of a site merely as an item of interest & not as a recommendation unless stated otherwise. As usual, we hope to keep this information as accurate as possible, but recommend you check before relying on anything listed here. If you find anything amiss, especially broken links, we’d be grateful if you could let us know.

Are you interested in either aircraft or shipping movements? Take a look at these websites – www.radarvirtuel.com (Aircraft) and www.marinetraffic.com (Shipping).

Aust or Beachley Ferry – a Severn River crossing prior to the opening of the M4 Severn Bridge in 1966. One of the original ferry boats, the Severn Princess, has been rescued for preservation.

Alan Keef Ltd specialises in narrow gauge steam overhauls with repairs, new construction, rolling stock, track and internal combustion locomotives thrown in. You can see engines in steam at their charity Open Day in September.

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives celebrating the beauty of steam locomotives and the deep, engrained love Britain holds for its steam railways.

Bespoke Handling, based in Hoarwithy, Herefordshire, is a company which transports classic cars all over the world.

Bishop’s Castle Railway Society celebrates the short and troubled life of the Bishop’s Castle Railway. The Society’s museum is open from Easter until October in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire.

Black Dwarf Lightmoor is a publishing company specialising in transport and industrial history.

Carter’s Steam Fair is a fully operating fair which can be found in various locations during the summer season. The informative website covers many aspects of their fair and related subjects.

The Deltic Preservation Society owns three of these former East Coast mainline locomotives based at Barrow Hill Roundhouse. Their website will give information about the locos, events and so much more.

A few pictures of Colin Powell’s private collection of Ferguson tractors & equipment at Hereford.

Facebook groups & pages

Disused Railways seems an active group.

Carter’s Steam Fair dairy

Wye Valley Transport Interest Group’s Facebook page. Yes, a plug for our social media pages in case you missed the link at the bottom of every page of this site!

The Flour Mill Ltd repairs standard gauge steam locomotives & their website has some interesting titbits of information on their projects.

Forest of Dean Local History Society has a regular programme of talks, walks and outings, and publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Friends of Purton look after some 81 vessels that form the Purton Ships’ Graveyard, the largest collection of maritime artifacts on the foreshore of mainland Britain today. There is also information on the Severn Rail Bridge.

Gloucester Docks The area in and around Gloucester Docks has many locations of various interests and is well worth a visit.

Gloucestershire Transport History is an amazing & informative website constructed by Alan Drewitt of Churchdown who has obviously spent very many hours collating the information. It now includes transport matters in Herefordshire.

Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology (GSIA) studies and records the history and physical remains of Gloucestershire industries.

The Horseboating Society promotes horseboating and preserving the heritage and skills of this once common form of transport.

Narrow Gauge Net offer a free monthly magazine in .pdf format.

Narrow Gauge Railway Society‘s website is a wonderful resource for narrow gauge & miniature railway enthusiasts. They have a local branch at Malvern Link that meet on the 2nd Friday of alternate months (Feb/Apr etc).

The National Steam Car Association featured in one of Michael Portillo’s ‘Great Railway Journeys’ programmes (available here) with this former MP driving a steam car.

The National Traction Engine Trust (NTET) promotes themselves as the World’s Premier Steam Traction Preservation Organisation.

Old Bus Photos website contains a huge collection of pre-1970 photographs of buses and coaches and other bus related topics.

The Old Steamers website includes an article on 2 ex-GWR stations in Herefordshire.

The Railway and Canal Historical Society is for everyone with an interest in the history of transport — not just inland waterways and railways, but also tramroads, roads, aviation, coastal shipping, ports and pipelines — from the middle ages (or before) to the day before yesterday.

Severnside Steam is Matt Shipton’s website about the steam and vintage preservation scene “…including the activities of our Fowler Steam Roller.

The Ross-on-Wye & District Civic Society holds regular meetings with talks on local topics, publishes newsletters and articles based on local interest.

Station House offers self-catering holidays and B&B in the original Pontrilas GWR station in the beautiful ‘Marches’ area on the mainline railway midway between Hereford and Abergavenny.

The Steam Boat Association promotes the enjoyment of steamboats and steamboating.

SunGreen is a collection of old photographs, ephemera and memories of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust aims to keep alive the rich history and memories of bus companies along the GWR route from Paddington to Penzance, by restoring and preserving surviving vehicles, developing an archive and providing access to them for the public.

Titley Junction Station offers 2 luxury Railway Carriages for holiday accommodation near Kington, north west of Hereford.

UK & Ireland Heritage Railways is an large independent guide (including a map) to the entire heritage railway scene (including tramways and preserved steam trains) in the UK and Ireland both for the knowledgeable railway enthusiast or someone with a more casual interest looking for somewhere to visit.

Wolverhampton’s Virtual Museum is a really fascinating website based upon a museum if the city only had the space. Enter the building and go through the door marked ‘Transport Hall’ where you will find links to all the types of transport associated with Wolverhampton.

Your Forest of Dean Local History is a useful resource.

 

If you have suggestions for more sites please let us know.