Ian Riley

  • ‘Black Fives’ back in the Hope Valley

    ‘Black Fives’ back in the Hope Valley

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    IAN Riley’s Stanier ‘Black Five’ duo of Nos. 44871 and 45407 pass through the remains of the old Masborough station with the Railway Touring Company’s ‘South Yorkshireman’ on November 3.  The tour, which replaced a previously advertised but cancelled ‘Tin Bath’, took the two Class 5s from Blackburn to Manchester Victoria, then over to Wakefield Kirkgate…

  • Shaw Savill to steam again after restoration begins at Heywood

    Shaw Savill to steam again after restoration begins at Heywood

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    ONE of preservation’s forgotten locomotives – ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacific No. 35009 Shaw Savill – is being restored for main line operation by owner Ian Riley at his Heywood works, near Bury.  Mr Riley bought the rebuilt Bulleid 4-6-2 from Richard Stone in 2003, but other than stripping it down little work was carried out while a…

  • ‘K1’ joins Stanier pair for ‘Jacobite’ summer season

    ‘K1’ joins Stanier pair for ‘Jacobite’ summer season

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    APRIL 19 saw the start of the 2019 operating season for West Coast Railways’ ‘Jacobite’ trains.  Two of Ian Riley’s Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0s moved north from Carnforth to Fort William on April 16, with No. 45407 having the honour of hauling the first train three days later.  No. 45212 is the other ex-LMS 4-6-0 allocated…

  • With Full Regulator: LOCOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE THEN AND NOW

    With Full Regulator: LOCOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE THEN AND NOW

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    In his latest column, Don Benn describes the performance of Ian Riley’s ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 on two main line trips in December 2018 and May 2010 – plus some additional information about Bulleid Pacific No.35028 Clan Line’s on November 24’s ‘The Chilterns & Downs’ tour. It HAD been some years since I had a…

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