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Levenmouth Area To Rejoin Scottish Passenger Network
A £75MILLION scheme to reconnect the Levenmouth area of East Fife to the rail network was approved by the Scottish Government in August. The five-mile line from Thornton Junction will serve reopened stations at Cameron Bridge and Leven. Passenger
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Accidents At Morpeth From 1877
■ MARCH 25, 1877: Edinburgh to London King’s Cross derails at Morpeth curve The train was travelling at 25mph Five people were killed ■ NOVEMBER 11, 1902: Edinburgh to King’s Cross mail train collides with wagons of a goods train being shunted from a
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From The Railway Magazine Archives
SEPTEMBER 1919 ON AND from Tuesday, August 5, and on Mondays to Thursdays thereafter during August, seat reservation has been instituted by the Great Eastern Railway in regard to trains from Liverpool Street station serving east coast resorts. Appli
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A1 Trust Takes Delivery Of First New Components For ‘V4’ Project
THE first new components for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s (A1SLT) third new-build locomotive – Gresley ‘V4’ 2-6-2 No. 3403 – have been delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works ahead of the project’s formal launch next year. The £4,320 order for
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Unique Multiple Unit At East Kent Railway
THE East Kent Railway (EKR) is home to the only Class 457 EMU in preservation, which was in the bay platform at Eythorn on July 14. DMSO No. 67300 from set No. (45)7001 is owned by the Suburban Electric Railway Association. It has been at the EKR s
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Government Takes Ownership Of Class 365 Fleet
OWNERSHIP of the fleet of 40 Class 365 EMUs has transferred to the Department for Transport. The change stems from a clause in the original procurement contract (set up early in 1994 and pre-dating Privatisation) that allowed BR to procure trains b
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Cheltenham Spa Express *
THE genteel Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham may seem an unlikely player in the annals of world railway history, but that’s precisely what happened in the 1920s. The key to the achievement was the superbly-engineered Great Western main line betwe
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Attractive Names Attract The Custom
ATTRACTIVE names certainly attract custom, conveying as they do a sense of quality and prestige, and Britain’s titled trains have on the whole, been able to boast some fine appellations. Such was the case with the regally-named ‘Queen of Scots’, on
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THE DfT has confirmed it has cancelled the competition to bid for the SouthEastern Railway franchise. Instead, Govia has been given a direct award, which will run until April 2020, and allow any recommendations of the Williams Rail Review to be con
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A Clan For All Seasons
POSSIBLY not all readers will have heard of The ‘Clan’ Project, one of the many new-build steam projects currently being worked on. We are building a new ‘Clan’ class locomotive to help complete the story of the British Railways Standard class locomo
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The RCTS: Then And Now
SINCE the founding of the RCTS back in 1928, house magazine The Railway Observer has recorded changes of livery for locomotives. In ‘Big Four’ times the specified colours used on locomotives and rolling stock changed little, although various engine
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Rushden And Yeovil Given Prohibition Notices After ORR Inspection Visits
TWO of the UK’s smaller heritage steam operations have been served with prohibition notices that limit aspects of their operation. The development come inspection visits by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). South West Main Line Steam Company (SW
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Two New Railways For Scottish Highlands
REVACK Miniature Railway at the Highland Heritage and Cultural Centre, Grantown East station, which opened last autumn, has seen the former Great North of Scotland Railway station restored as a craft and visitor centre incorporating a pair of standar
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A Class 37 Roller Coaster
THE Class 37 Locomotive Group – owners of EE Type 3 No. D6703 (37003) – announced in May there was a delay in restoration of the loco following discovery of a major flaw in the loco’s power unit. Technical officer Mike Millward said:“Our contractor
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Wagon Report
VTG Rail UK’s fleet continues to be in a state of flux. Wagons are being moved out of Long Marston for either conversion or disposal. A further batch of JSA hooded flats are being modified by Arlington Fleet Services, Eastleigh into open steel coil c
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Brand Names
THERE has been much confusion over the years between train names and brand names and it is hoped that this encyclopaedia will help make sense of what has become something of a minefield for historians. There are exceptions to every rule – but, basi
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The Night Ferry
THE ‘Night Ferry’ is perhaps the most extraordinary train in the whole of this survey, for it hauled Continental coaches on British metals. Such international operation became possible on the night of October 5, 1936, with the completion of train f
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Torrential Rain And Landslips Closes West Highland Line
SCOTLAND’S West Highland line was closed on August 4 after heavy rain caused serious landslips at Glen Falloch, south of Crianlarich, which left the track in mid-air. There was also a ballast washout near Tyndrum Lower, with heavy rain flooding the
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A West Highland Celebration Part Two
In the August issue I took advantage of the 125th anniversary of the West Highland line to discuss steam performance between Glasgow and Fort William. Supporting the article were summaries of two runs recorded by Alastair Wood in 1961, a year of tran
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New Tender Tank For Didcot’s ‘Night Owl’
THE Great Western Society (GWS) has turned its attention to the provision of a Collett 4,000-gallon tender for its re-creation of a Churchward ‘47XX’ 2-8-0 No. 4709. As work to get the locomotive’s frames wheeled presses ahead at the Llangollen Rai
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Good News For 10000 Project As More Parts Are Available
THE Ivatt Diesel Re-creation Society has agreed in principle with Dutch EM2 group Werkgroep 1501 to buy three MV 146 traction motors. They are identical to those in its EM2 bogies, already secured for the project. The motors have been stored indo
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One Of England’s Best-loved Trains
A MUCH-lamented train from a much lamented line – that was the ‘Pines Express’, whose name will forever be synonymous with the Somerset & Dorset line. The roots of ‘The Pines’ lay in a joint venture in 1910 between three different railways (one of
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Rail Fares To Increase By 2.8% From Next January
THE annual fare increase to take effect in January will be 2.8% – the figure being based on the July retail price index. The much-promised new trains are beginning to filter onto the network, but passengers remain unhappy that the overall cost of t
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Operation ‘Javelin’
The history of these special charter trains, utilising Southeastern High Speed Class 395 ‘Javelin’ trains’, dates back to 2011, and followed a meeting of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain (LCGB) at the Ashford branch in Kent, where the speaker was
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Oswestry Group Clears The Way For Weston Wharf Extension
CAMBRIAN Heritage Railways (CHR) at Oswestry has successfully overcome one of the most significant hurdles standing in the way of it extending south towards its other site at Llynclys. Gasworks Bridge, which carries the B4579 road over the railway,
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