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‘Trackbashing’special Train To Run Over Dartmouth Line For Charity
FORTY-SEVEN years after the Paignton to Kingswear branch was sold to the Dart Valley Railway plc, the ‘big railway’ will be running a train over it again. In the first instance of Privatisation of part of the UK network, it was in 1972 that BR clos
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Austrian Zillertalbahn Engine To Visit Welshpool For Two Years!
A STEAM locomotive from Austria is to go on hire to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (WLLR) for approximately two years. The Zillertalbahn’s newly overhauled U-class 0-6-2T No. 2 Ziller tal is expected to star in the mid Wales 2ft 6in gauge lin
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Rheidol Improves Car And Coach Parking At Devil’s Bridge
THE Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) has announced its latest improvement project – the enhancement of the car and coach park at the line’s Devil’s Bridge terminus. The new facility will allow the existing car park area to be opened up as a pedestrian
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Modern Plates And Totems Shine At Stafford Sale
THE second Stafford Railwayana Auction of 2019 took place on July 6, with the top price achieved going to the ‘Western’ nameplate and cabside set from D1001 Western Pathfinder – setting a new record for the class at £15,500. Modern traction namepla
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Hiccups For Mayflower On Main Line Trip To Dereham
THE Mid-Norfolk Railway has seen incoming diesel railtours over its main line connection at Wymondham and a steam tour started from Dereham several years ago – but Steam Dreams’excursion from Liverpool Street on July 4 was the first incoming steam to
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Independent Track Survey Aims To Boost West Somerset Standards
THE West Somerset Railway has commissioned a full independent track survey of the complete 19½-mile route between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead, to be carried out by a fully qualified heritage railway civil engineer. The move follows the launch of an
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Lady McAlpine Joins Renewed Strathspey Push Into Grantown
LADY Judy McAlpine has become a new figurehead of the project to give the Strathspey Railway a‘somewhere to somewhere’destination by completing its long-awaited extension to Grantown-on-Spey. The widow of multi-millionaire enthusiast and Flying Scots
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Garratt Facelift Contract ‘Could Save St Rollox’
ONE of Britain’s great steam locomotive building works, which has been facing the axe after more than 150 years, has been thrown a lifeline with an order to restore an articulated Garratt. North Lanarkshire Council has given Glasgow’s St Rollox works
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West Somerset Seaside Diesel Gala Beats Budget By 10%
AIDED by sunshine following an otherwise wet month, the West Somerset Railway’s June 20-22 Vintage Diesels to the Seaside gala proved to be a resounding success, flying in the face of problems encountered in the buildup to the event. Axle loading res
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Reliable ‘Lizzie’ works CME
LMS Stanier 4-6-2 No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth is gradually accumulating passenger hauling mileage and proving to be a strong, reliable locomotive on the basis of its recent attention inside West Coast Railways’Carnforth works. According to the owning
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West Somerset General Manager Suspended
WEST Somerset Railway general manager Paul Conibeare has been suspended until further notice. A spokesman confirmed on July 18 that Paul has been suspended, adding: “Under employment law, suspension is deemed a neutral act to protect both employee an
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A Working Shunter For Just £1!
THE Avon Valley Railway has snapped up what could be the bargain of the century – in the form of a Class 08 shunter in working order for just £1. No.08663 (D3830) has been sold to the Bitton-based line by Train Operating Company Great Western Railway
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Tales Of Disused Underground To Be Showcased In Major Exhibition
A NEW exhibition unveiling secrets of disused London Underground stations, many for the first time, is to open on Friday, October 11. The Hidden London exhibition at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden will present the largest number of rare arc
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Hundreds Wave Off LNER-built PS Waverley £2.3 Million Boiler Appeal
AROUND 300 supporters turned out to ‘Wave for Waverley’, formally launching the £2.3 million appeal designed to replace LNER-built PS Waverley’s boilers and boiler room control gear to allow it to sail again in 2020. They literally ‘flagged up’ the
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West Coast Railways’ ‘The Jacobite’ Named As Britain’s Best Steam Trip
WEST Coast Railways’Fort William to Mallaig summer‘The Jacobite’service has been named as the best steam railway journey in Britain. ‘The Jacobite’– which has been made famous by the line’s use as the route of the‘Hogwarts Express’in the Warner Broth
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Let The Train Take The Strain All The Way To The Seaside At Minehead
FOR the first time in 48 years, public service trains are bringing passengers to the seaside in West Somerset. The Minehead Rail Link Group has welcomed the start of Great Western Railway’s experimental DMU shuttles between Taunton station and the We
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Johnson ‘Half Cab’ Set For Return To Action After Barrow Hill Purchase
BARROW Hill roundhouse has completed the purchase of Midland Railway Johnson ‘half cab’ 0-6-0T No.41708 – officially reuniting the roundhouse with the locomotive that spent much of its working life there. Following its purchase of the long-time res
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Museum Staff Vote For Walkouts In Support Of Pay Claim
THE National Railway Museum’s summer season could be hit by strike action after union members voted to stage walkouts over a pay dispute. Science Museum Group (SMG) members of the Prospect union backed walkouts by 4-1 in protest at a pay rise of 1.
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Leighton Buzzard Crossing Safety Improved By Network Rail Staff
NETWORK Rail volunteers have helped install modern safety features at a level crossing on the Leighton Buzzard Railway. A team of six staff usually based in Network Rail’s Milton Keynes office, spent the day fitting an anti-trespass guard at a leve
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Clan Line storms the Great Western Main Line with the Belmond Pullman
PULLMAN train operator Belmond headed for a fresh destination with Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35028 Clan Line on Wednesday, July 10 – Stratfordupon-Avon – and the locomotive made history on the Great Western Main Line (GWML). Departing London Victoria
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Barclay Steals The Foxfield Show
LAKESIDE & Haverthwaite Railway-based Barclay 0-6-0T No. 1245 took this year’s Foxfield Railway steam gala by storm and helped make the event, one of the biggest in the industrial heritage calendar, a huge success. The locomotive, recently repainted
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Avon Valley Celebrates Its 150th
THE Avon Valley Railway is to hold a special event on August 3/4 to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of its line. The Midland Railway received Parliamentary approval in July 1864 for a branch from Mangotsfield to Bath, which was officially o
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County Donegal Commissions Special Badge For 60th Anniversary
COUNTY Donegal Railway Restoration Limited has commissioned a special badge to mark the 60th anniversary of the closure of the County Donegal Railways (CDR), which falls on December 31. The last trains ran on the 3ft-gauge system on December 31, 1959
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You Can Help To Make Reedham Junction A Signalling Centre Of Excellence At Holt!
THE largest complete time signalbox in East Anglia has been earmarked for a vibrant second life at the North Norfolk Railway’s Holt terminus. A £35,000 appeal to fund the movement of the GER post-1885 design 60-lever Reedham Junction signalbox as a c
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Steam Special To Mark The Reopening Of ‘Faster’ Conwy Valley Line
NETWORK Rail (NR) is to run a special steam train to Blaenau Ffestiniog on August 3 to mark the reopening of the Conwy Valley line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog following the rectification of flood damage caused by Storm Gareth in Mar
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Gatwick Express Tragedy Will Impact On Main Line ‘Heritage Railtours’
MAIN Line charters using heritage carriages could be stopped from running after 2023, under new rules introduced following the death of an enthusiast who put his head out of a Gatwick Express carriage window – or face bills running into millions, it
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Evesham Vale Gets Off To An Early Start
SET on the edge of the Cotswolds, the 15in gauge Evesham Vale Light Railway is often overlooked by enthusiasts in favour of its much-bigger neighbour only a few miles away, the award-winning Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. However, its location
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Bala Extension Pushes Ahead – But Must Raise £300,000
THE Bala Lake Railway (BLR) has taken three major steps in its bid to join the growing number of heritage lines that can boast a town centre presence. As it is continuing to forge ahead with extending the railway into down-town Bala, the Llangollen R
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Llangollen Bids Farewell To Popular 4MT Tank
THE Llangollen Railway said farewell to popular BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80072 on Sunday, June 30, when its 10-year boiler certificate expired. The final day in service saw Brighton, 1953-built No. 80072 treated as a celebrity by the train crew a
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With Full Regulator Locomotive Performance Then And Now
LAST time, I included details of part of Steam Dreams’ trip to Worcester on May 23, when LMS‘Black Five’ No. 44871 produced a stunning climb of Sapperton bank during which Ray Poole and Chris Birmingham worked the engine hard enough to result in one
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