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Management Changes Afoot At The Mid-Hants Railway
MAJOR changes are underway at the Watercress Line, including for the boards of both the Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society Ltd and Mid-Hants Railway Ltd (previously the Mid Hants Railway plc). It follows the resignation of general manager Jason H
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Gresley V4 New-build: First New Components Delivered To Darlington Locomotive Works
THE first newly-manufactured components for what is set to become Darlington’s next major steam locomotive-building project, have been delivered. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT), the registered charity which built and operates 101mph Peppercorn
Heritage Railway3 min read
Controversial Pacific Restoration Passes ‘Huge Milestone’ – Now For The Final Push
ONE of the most troubled and controversial steam locomotive restorations in the preservation era is inching towards completion, following a successful boiler test hailed as a‘huge milestone’by the Pacific’s custodians. Former New South Wales Governme
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Steam Dreams Hits Windsor Targets Early
STEAM Dreams’pioneering venture into the railtour market with its regular Tuesday three-train departures from Waterloo to Windsor has not only inspired the public market, but has proved to be commercially viable. With just one departure remaining, Da
Heritage Railway1 min read
Severn Valley Steam 2018
Broadcast-quality footage makes for a stunning biography of one of Europe’s premier heritage lines, the Severn Valley Railway,in all four seasons of last year. If you missed out on a visit of your favourite locomotive to this stupendous line which ha
Heritage Railway1 min read
Alton Reopening To Miss Mid-Hants Railway Autumn Gala
THE Mid-Hants Railway’s October 18-20 autumn steam gala is to feature a 100% home fleet line-up – but trains will not return to the full length of the route between Medstead and Four Marks to Alton in time, officials have confirmed. SR Schools 4-4-0
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Kylie Minogue Performs The Loco-motion On Scarborough Seaside Line
CHARTS sensation Kylie Minogue added star quality and generated unprecedented international publicity for one of our Top 20 seaside railways – when she rode on it and performed a version of her appropriately-named 1987 number one hit The Loco-Motion.
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Build Your Own Great Central Station In Miniature Thanks To Bachmann
NEARLY 50 years after revivalists began restoring Loughborough Central following the withdrawal of services in May 1969, Great Central Railway fans can again own a station of their own. The Great Central Railway’s October 3-6 autumn steam gala will
Heritage Railway3 min read
Tornado To Kick Off RTC’s ‘Great Britain 2020’ Tour
IT was always expected that the Railway Touring Company would be announcing details of its 2020 ‘Great Britain’ tour and sure enough the itinerary is now known. There are no major surprises but the thirteenth such tour will be the first in the series
Heritage Railway2 min read
Off The Shelf
By Paul Shannon (hardback, Middleton Press, 92pp, £18.95, ISBN 9781910356326). PART of Middleton Press’s Northern Line series, here is an indispensable guide to the history and topography of the web of lines around Buxton. Peak Rail first began ope
Heritage Railway2 min read
September Date For Rocket Debut At NRM
STEPHENSON’S Rocket is to make its public National Railway Museum debut on September 26, in a new exhibition entitled Brass, Steel and Fire. The event will mark the start of a 10-year loan period in which the 1829-built Rainhill Trials winner will
Heritage Railway1 min read
Clean Up For Historic Stockton & Darlington Railway Bridge Remains
A SET of abutments which once supported a Stockton & Darlington Railway bridge, which in recent times has been targeted by vandals, has been given a spruce-up. The Gaunless Bridge was built in 1824 and is believed to be the first iron railway bridg
Heritage Railway3 min read
NYMR’s ‘Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’ Begins With Coach Moves
PREPARATIONS for the delivery of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s £10 million‘Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’project are now under way, with the construction of a 40-coach carriage storage shed at Pickering one of the early priorities. Earth-mo
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Steam Underlines Triumphant Return Of Wrecked Conwy Valley Line
IT was a case of little greets large as a double-headed steam special ran over the Conwy Valley line to celebrate both its reopening and the start of the National Eisteddfod, drawing crowds at every stop. LMS Stanier 8F No. 48151 and‘Jubilee’ No. 456
Heritage Railway3 min read
Railways Embrace Heritage Open Days Programme With Host Of Free Events
RAILWAYS across the country are taking part in Heritage Open Days, a programme of free events taking place on September 13-22. The Middleton Railway will offer tours of its historic site, on the line where the world’s first successful, load-hauling s
Heritage Railway2 min read
In Brief
➜ SOUTH West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has joined the fight to save Brandon signalbox on the Norfolk-Suffolk border from being knocked down by Network Rail. The ’box appeared in BBC TV’s Dad’s Army and local residents want to save it because it is constru
Heritage Railway4 min read
Display At West Cumberland Railway Museum To Commemorate The 150th Anniversary Of The Opening Of The Solway Firth Viaduct
THE 150th anniversary of the opening of a feat of British railway engineering that linked England and Scotland, but ended its days as a clandestine route for Scottish drinkers who wanted to beat their country’s Sunday drinking ban, is to be celebrate
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An Epic Day With Clan Line On ‘Atlantic Coast Express’
UK Railtours’(UKRT)‘Atlantic Coast Express’ran on Saturday, August 10, rescheduled from June 29, owing to crewing issues. When we realised that no less than five sets of engine crews were needed on the day, including a traction inspector based in New
Heritage Railway2 min read
Cambrian Railway Advances Its Next Quarter Mile
CAMBRIAN Heritage Railways (CHR) has made further progress on extending its operational stretch of railway at Oswestry. As reported last issue, the development comes after CHR opened a 295-yard extension under Gasworks Bridge, removing the last major
Heritage Railway2 min read
Steam Rally At Whitwell & Reepham 50 Years On
WHITWELL & Reepham station lay on the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway’s (M&GN) branch from Melton Constable to Norwich City. Virtually the whole of the M&GN system was closed on February 28, 1959, although part of the Norwich branch was retain
Heritage Railway3 min read
Sharpness Revivalists Bid To Reopen Station Last Used 140 Years Ago
THE Vale of Berkeley Railway has applied for planning permission to build its first station. The nascent heritage line wants to run services on the branch between Berkeley and Sharpness, which lost its passenger services under the Beeching Axe, and i
Heritage Railway2 min read
Two A4s On The Network Next Year?
IT seems increasingly likely that two A4s will run on the main line in 2020. However, that depends on John Cameron’s decision regarding the future of his No. 60009 Union of South Africa. As reported last month, he has renewed his planning application
Heritage Railway3 min read
A Museum In The Making
THERE were smiles all-round in a corner of Margate over the weekend of August 17/18 as the doors were opened to Hornby’s spiritual home. Members of the public could view for the first time a collection of standard gauge rolling stock which is housed
Heritage Railway5 min read
History Made As Taunton Goes On Line After 40-year Wait!
HERITAGE sector history has been made with the successful launch of trial scheduled services from Taunton’s main line station on to the West Somerset Railway (WSR). Comprising Class 150 DMU No. 150265, modern-day train operator Great Western Railway’
Heritage Railway2 min read
Nameplate Of Fourth Generation Great Western Has Date With The Auctioneer
A FOURTH-generation Great Western nameplate – a name first used by the GWR nearly 175 years ago – is to headline an auction at Pershore on November 16. It is from Castle class No. 7007, a landmark locomotive that emerged from Swindon in July 1946 and
Heritage Railway2 min read
RTC Programme Features Duchess, A4 And Flying Scotsman
CHESTER, Swanage, Blackpool and York are among the Railway Touring Company’s (RTC) late summer and early autumn destinations. ‘The Cheshireman’runs from Norwich to Chester on Saturday, September 7, calling at Wymondham, Attleborough, Thetford, Stando
Heritage Railway2 min read
Llangollen Railway: Two-year Plan To Reverse Record Losses
LLANGOLLEN Railway officials have taken major steps to tackle a record £330,601 loss which the line made last year. According to results posted at Companies House, the railway’s plc is shown as making a loss of £269,657 in the financial year, compare
Heritage Railway3 min read
‘Best Ever’ King Joins Other Big Four Locos In Model Sale
AN imposing live steam model of GWR No. 6027 King Richard I with a top estimated sale price of £80,000 will be the star lot in an auction on September 24 of model locomotives representing all the Big Four and the BR Standard era. The 7¼in gauge locom
Heritage Railway2 min read
Five Return On Moorsline In A Year
THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway is on course to set a new heritage era record by steaming as many as five locomotives this year following major overhaul, although the figure is swollen by the inclusion of USATC S160 2-8-0 No. 2253, for which the ma
Heritage Railway1 min read
Swanage Railway U Class No. 31806 Set To Work Two Main Line Excursions?
TALK of Swanage-based Southern U class 2-6-0 No. 31806 making its second commercial foray on the main line in September is, we understand, currently a question of ‘ifs, buts or maybe’. Railway Touring Company’s plan to use the locomotive for the re
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