The Vintage Planes, Trains and Automobiles Picture Show

The Flying Scotsman trip to Edinburgh had the return journey hauled by a heritage diesel. Possibly a Deltic but not sure.

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Growing up, we lived a few miles from Rayleigh Weir stadium in Essex and so a couple of times a week would hear the drone of the ‘Rayleigh Rockets’ speedway team. I’d forgotten all about them and about speedway but a school friend was a fan of Ivan Mauger, loved speedway and was absolutely crestfallen when the stadium was sold to developers and the team moved away to become the Rye House Rockets in Hertfordshire. Some 50 years ago now. Amazing what a picture can trigger. Thanks for posting!

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I’m probably cheating here. The subject of the picture is not the vintage-ish tractor in the centre of the picture but the vintage mode of transport casting the shadow and under which I’m suspended!


When I was a child in the 70’s we went through a period of going to see The White City Rebels on a Wednesday night for a year or two.

Funnily enough they’d moved from Oxford after the track was closed following a land sell off. They gave up after three seasons through poor crowd numbers.

The sounds and smells stayed with me.

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Blimey… I was born in Billericay, grew up in Wickford! We went to Rayleigh Weir a few times, but only for the banger racing. I think it was shortly after it closed that the Arena Essex opened, but that closed a few years ago. I thought that was a good venue, and the track seems to still be there. I’m not far from Ipswich now, so I really should make the effort to go to Foxhall.

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Not sure if I’ve seen one of these before


Me neither. Taunus was the German version of the Mk3 Cortina but this looks a little like a German Thames van.


55bhp, 1.5 litre. Crikey, wouldn’t want to take that into the Alps.


Not heard of it but the ‘net tells me


The Taunus Transit was the predecessor of the more familiar Ford Transit we are used to seeing, and the first production Ford to wear the Transit badge.

Introduced in 1953, the Taunus Transit was originally designated as the FK commercial model and was built at Ford plant in Köln, Germany.

And a pic


Walked by the station earlier and it was quite busy. Another Bulleid Locomotive in the siding. Nice to be able walk after the weather yesterday.


Its not ‘another’ Bullied, its the same 34070 ‘Manston’ as your previous post.

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Mike, I think he’s referring to the top two pictures - 34028 “Eddystone” West Country Class.

Whoops, friggin’ phone screen viewing, missed it (sorry folks)

34028 started life as a full fettled Bullied ‘Spam Can’
The original Bullieds proved to be high service cost engines & in mid 1950’s they opted to rebuild them rather than replace them in favour of the Stnd 7 ‘Britannia’ Class.
The unique boiler casing (access issues) & the chain valve gearing (cost/reliability) were removed, the BFB wheels and other stuff were retained.

You know your stuff, but I was referring to Eddystone. It looked lovely in the sun on our way back from a long walk. Difficult to avoid the railway in Swanage, not that we want to, but apart from walking it is another attraction.

I’m a long time Swanage fan, been visiting for many years, as a kid, misspent yoof,
honeymoon, then every other year or so since, sometimes just passing through or odd days or longer. I’m a birder so Arne, Poole Harbour & Studland Heath are the main reason we visit these days.
Problem to me/us is the hotels are not the best (getting fussy in old age) they’re OK but could do better. Favourite pub/restarant is the Black Swan, other places around town are good, sorry that no high end dining in town.