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Heritage Lines In Queue For £50k Study Grants
MORE than 20 bids for £50,000 feasibility study funding among the 85 schemes listed in the third round of the Restoring Your Railway ‘ideas fund’ involve existing and proposed heritage lines or associated routes. The Peaks and Dales Railway aims to
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Steam Roaring Back To The Seaside!
THE UK’s coastal resorts have been gearing themselves up for possibly the busiest summer in many years, fuelled by the Government’s restrictions on overseas holidays and the relaxation of lockdown restrictions in our country. The ‘Sunny South’ and so
Heritage Railway1 min readTechnology & Engineering
Technology ‘containing’ Severn Valley landslips
THE Severn Valley Railway has invested in electronic technology used on the national network to monitor the landslips at Sterns and Alveley Woods. Using ‘tilt monitoring’ at both locations, sensors attached to sleepers feed back to a central solar-
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GCRA To Experiment With Locomotive Nameplate
NAMEPLATES from two 20th century eras of locomotive building will headline Great Central’s fourth 200-lot live online auction on May 15. They are Henry Cort from George Whale’s LNWR Experiment class and Draycott Manor from the GWR. The LNWR represe
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Railway Museums
County Durham. The Living Museum of the North. Open: From Apr 12. North Road Station, Darlington. Open: TBA. Tel: 01325 460532. Co Durham. Open: From May 17 TBA. Tel: 01388 777999. Castlefield, Manchester. Open: TBA. Tel: 0161 832 2244. Leeman Road,
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New Home Urgently Required For Two Historic LSWR Dining Cars
AN URGENT appeal for a new home for LSWR dining cars Nos. 70 and 76 has been made after the owner was given notice to remove them from the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway by June 30. The pair – long-term restoration projects which are mobile on their
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A Ruston 0-4-0 165DE In Kit Form
A DIESEL shunter type which can be found at numerous standard gauge heritage railways in England and Scotland is now available more easily in model form thanks to the release of a new kit from Planet Industrials. Examples of the Ruston & Hornsby 0-
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LMS On Top Form With Full-size And Model Locomotives
THE LMS was in sparkling form in Great Central’s live online 200-lot auction on March 6, thanks to nameplates Honourable Artillery Company and Seahorse. The former, which included an integral badge, was from Royal Scot No. 46144, which entered traffi
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Sentinel Ann Back In Steam After Marathon Overhaul
ANOTHER steam locomotive has joined the East Lancashire Railway’s (ELR) operational fleet, six months after new owners brought it to the line for restoration. Sentinel 0-4-0VBGT No. 7232 of 1927 Ann arrived on July 28 and, following a fast-track over
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Cylinders Cast For New-build Ffestiniog Mountaineer
NEW cylinders for the £250,000 working replica of original Ffestiniog Railway small George England 0-4-0T+T Mountaineer have been delivered. The right-hand cylinder and valve chest casting were collected from Peak Pattern of Sheffield on March 23,
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Dartmouth Plans Would Risk Viability Of Heritage Services
A PROPOSAL to return main line services over the Dartmouth Steam Railway has been given the cold shoulder by the heritage line. A Restoring Your Railway bid has been lodged by Conservative MPs Anthony Mangnall (Totnes) and Kevin Foster (Torbay).
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‘Jacobite’ To Run From April 26
BECAUSE of ongoing Covid-19 restictions, West Coast Railways (WCR) has slightly delayed the original start for this year’s Fort William – Mallaig ‘The Jacobite’ services. The commencement of daily services, one morning departure, the other in the a
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Gloucester C&W Museum Begins The Move To Carmarthenshire
THE Gloucester Carriage and Wagon Museum has moved to Cynheidre on the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway (LMMR) as an added free attraction for visitors. The museum was founded in March 2016 by Aaron Matthews, Leo Tomos-Matthews and Paul Matthews to p
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Minehead: Why Have We Been Overlooked This Time Round?
WEST Somerset Railway (WSR) officials are puzzled as to why the line’s application for a second Culture Recovery Fund grant of £432,200 to help it recover from its enforced year-long closure has been refused. Last October, the WSR was given £865,00
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Now’s The Time We Need You Like Never Before
SCIENCE fiction writers aside, nobody would have predicted 18 months or more ago that we would be celebrating 70 years of the world’s volunteer-led operational heritage railway sector in circumstances akin to a medieval plague. A ray of light at the
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Track Talk
ABOUT 40 years ago, the Burnaby Central Railway in Vancouver, Canada, was offered a site for its proposed 7¼in gauge miniature railway. Unfortunately, the site was not ideal for the project, as it needed a considerable amount of filling due to the co
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Llangollen Locked In Limbo As Trust Builds Takeover Package
THE Llangollen Railway Trust is hoping to take over the line and begin running services later this year, with a public opening of the new Corwen station – but it must overcome several major hurdles first. As we closed for press, Llangollen station re
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Red Wheel Plaque To Honour Scotland’s Second Oldest Line Receives High-level Political Backing In Holyrood
A NATIONAL Transport Trust Red Wheel plaque to mark Alloa’s famous Waggonway as a site of historical importance is being given the thumbs-up in the Scottish Parliament. MSP Keith Brown has lodged a motion to welcome the plaque, to be installed by t
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Station Signs March On At ‘Bloxham’ Sale
STATION totem signs continued their relentless march at Great Central’s live online and commission ‘Bloxham’-style sale of general railwayana on March 20, with the charge being led at £920 by BR(S) Sevenoaks, followed by BR(E) Hornchurch (£780) and B
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Thieves Return For Second Haul Of SVR Signs
POLICE were hunting thieves who made trips on successive nights to steal 21 vintage signs from the Severn Valley Railway’s Arley station. Twenty restored original enamel signs advertising products such as Colman’s mustard, Champion bread cakes and Sp
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‘Last’ Surviving Building From ‘World’s First’ Steam Railway In County Durham Given Reprieve By Council
CAMPAIGNERS battling to save one of the last surviving buildings of the Hetton Colliery Railway (HCR) in County Durham have been boosted by Sunderland City Council’s decision to refuse permission for it to be demolished. As reported last issue, a maj
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Behind The Scenes Of ‘Fabulous’ Flying Scotsman Bank Advertisement
A TOP London communications agency has revealed behind-the-scenes details of an acclaimed prime-time TV advertisement featuring Flying Scotsman that is set to run throughout the rest of 2021. The Lloyds Bank advertisement, which includes shots of a h
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Bid For Regular Daily Trains Between Rushcliffe And Leicester Via GCR(N)
RUSHLIFFE MP Ruth Edwards and Loughborough MP Jane Hunt are supporting the Reconnect Ruddington bid from the East Midlands Railway Trust to upgrade the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), to be used for passenger services from Ruddington to Leicester
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Heritage Under Threat: Liverpool’s Edge Hill Cutting
One of the most spectacular, but little known engineering feats of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) is the ‘Grand Area’ – as James Scott Walker dubbed it in 1830 – at Edge Hill. Here were the portals to the Wapping Tunnel and the short Crown
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Brentor To Be Revived At 75F!
PRESERVED Southern Railway 4-6-2 No. 34053 Sir Keith Park is to undergo a temporary change of identity at the request of a former railwayman whose surname was carried by a member of the identical West Country class. For a weekend in June, and possibl
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Now Wales Lifts Lockdown On Its Heritage Lines
FOLLOWING the announcement by Welsh Government First Minister Mark Drakeford that outdoor attractions and hospitality venues in the principality can reopen from April 26, several of the country’s heritage railways have announced restart dates. The Ff
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St Pancras Express Recalled As Robin Hood Rides In
TALISMAN Railwayana’s internet, telephone and postal auction that runs from April 29-May 14 will feature a headboard from a St Pancras express and a works numberplate from a Nigel Gresley-designed 4-4-0 that lived up to its name by operating in Scotl
Heritage Railway1 min readScience & Mathematics
Quick-fire Questions
■ What’s your camera gear of choice? I have always been a Nikon person, though my previous D7000 had focusing issues on the right-hand edge so I upgraded to the D500 with an 18-200 zoom lens. This is by far the best camera I have used. ■ How old were
Heritage Railway6 min readScience & Mathematics
Glint: A Personal View
It was back in 1978 touring South Africa when a friend and I were walking around a steam shed using the last available light as the sun was setting that the locos turned red and gold; moving slightly to either side, it disappeared. From that day on,
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NELPG Remains ‘In Negotiation’ Over The Future Of Its Workshop In Darlington
THE North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) said that no deal over a proposed move to the 1861 Shed on the Railway Heritage Quarter at Hopetown had yet been agreed, despite a press release to the contrary issued by Darlington Borough Coun
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