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HS2 Costs To Increase By £30billion?
HIGH Speed 2 Ltd chairman Allan Cook has reportedly warned the Department for Transport (DfT) that the new railway cannot be delivered within its £56billion budget. Press reports in July suggested up to £30bn extra could be needed to complete the h
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A Rare Double-header
DOUBLE-HEADING over the West Highland line produced many loco combinations, but few as startling as that on Saturday, August 30, 1958. That day, the 5 45am Glasgow-Mallaig was powered by BR ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No 73078 and Stanier Class 5 No 44707, but the
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WSR Begins Taunton To Bishops Lydeard Saturday Shuttles
SATURDAY shuttle trains linking the West Somerset Railway’s (WSR) Bishops Lydeard station with Taunton began operation on July 27. The trains are being run as a joint venture between the WSR and Great Western Railway (GWR), primarily to attract peo
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No Go For TransPennine ‘185s’ As Class 2700s Deleted
THE Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tender for ‘second-hand’ trains for Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) is unlikely to see the spare 22 Class 185 units moving to Ireland despite some initial support from within IÉ. The tender is being led by the
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Llangollen Diesel Highs And Lows
Your reports and pictures are most welcome Highly competitive rates are paid, especially if exclusive to The RM A1A Locomotives’ Class 31 No. 31271 Stratford 1840-2001 made a successful debut on the Llangollen Railway (LR) on June 16. This follo
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Northern ‘Pacers’ To Nod Along Until 2020
ARRIVA Rail North has confirmed that some of its unpopular ‘Pacer’ railbuses will be required beyond the December 31 withdrawal deadline. Delays in the delivery and commissioning of new CAF Class 195 DMUs and Class 331 EMUs, which entered limited p
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CLASS 195 DMUs AND 331 EMUs
FOR several years, passengers have taken the promise from Government and the rail industry ‘Pacers’ will be replaced’ with a pinch of salt. With several delays and false starts, who can blame them? However, the reality is that the ‘Pacer’ replacement
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Broken Piston Sidelines Bradley Manor For ‘Considerable Period’ At West Somerset
COLLETT ‘Manor’ No. 7802 Bradley Manor has been withdrawn from traffic at the West Somerset Railway (WSR) after suffering a broken piston rod while in service on the line. The Erlestoke Manor Fund’s (EMF) 4-6-0 was working the 10.15 Bishops Lydeard
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IÉ Seeks To Extend Planning Permission For Galway Station
IARNRÓD Éireann (IÉ) has applied to Galway City Council to extend the planning permission it won for redevelopment of the city’s Ceannt station as it seeks to secure funding for the work. Planning permission was originally granted in August 2014, b
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Sidelines
SPA Valley Railway-based Class 33 No. 33063 R. J. Mitchell is the guest for the Dean Forest Railway’s September 13-15 diesel gala. THE PLEG/BLS ‘Andrew Wilson (‘Brillo’) Memorial’ charter, postponed from May until July 13 (RM June, p92), was cancel
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Wagonreport
GB RAILFREIGHT’S new RBA-C barrier hoppers – Nos. 9382 000-5/049-2 – are being employed on movements of London Underground ‘S’ stock from Bombardier, Derby. The pair were part of a batch of 65 wagons built in 1974 by Fauvet Girel at Douai, France,
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GTR Fined £1m After Passenger Death
GATWICK Express operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has been fined £1million and ordered to pay £52,000 in costs after a passenger was killed while leaning out of a Class 442 EMU in south London. Railway enthusiast and Hitachi Rail Europe techn
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Droning On!
UNTIL a few years ago the use of a drone was usually limited to military applications, but miniaturisation, coupled with portability, affordability and the fitment of a decent quality camera capable of still and video images has opened up a host of n
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Bo’ness Line Gets £740k Lottery Award For New Engineering Centre
THE Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) is erecting an all-new engineering facility at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. The development is being progressed thanks to a £741,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards its Steami
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Your reports and pictures are most welcome Highly competitive rates are paid, especially if exclusive to The RM ■ THE Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway postponed its late-July Steam Weekend because of delayed completion of the overhaul of Graham Mor
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Operations Track Record
ON TUESDAY, June 11 the 11.30 Euston-Glasgow became a partial failure before reaching Warrington, but struggled on to its destination, arriving 122 minutes late. Following trains were seriously delayed. The next day the WCML was closed north of Car
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£2bn Midlands Rail Hub plan
MIDLANDS Connect has submitted detailed plans for a £2billion investment in the West Midlands rail network to the Government. The Midlands Rail Hub would involve the construction of new and upgraded rail infrastructure between 2024 and 2033 to crea
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State Of The Art
RAILWAY art is almost as old as steam railways themselves. In the 19th century, Monet, Turner, Frith and Bourne were among the first to interpret the new and highly visual form of transport on canvas, and there are almost certain to have been people
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Duchess Of Sutherland Team To Complete New-build ‘Patriot’
THE Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) has been awarded the contract to complete Fowler ‘Patriot’ 4-6-0 No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior by the LMS-Patriot Project. The PRCLT also operates and maintains Stanier Pacific No. 6233 Duchess of Su
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Glyder Returns To Steam
GRAHAM Morris’ Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT Glyder (1994/1931) steamed for the first time since 1965 on June 19 at Beamish. It was originally supplied to Durham County Water Board (DCWB) to work on the dam contract at Burnhope in Weardale in the early-19
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WSR’s Seaside Diesel Gala Success
THE West Somerset Railway’s June 20-22 diesel gala attracted more than 2,900 passengers despite problems prior to the event. Fare revenues exceeded the budget by 10%. There were several set-backs during planning, with early guests Class 46 No. 46
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Heritage Diary
Corporation Rd, Leicester LE4 5PX (0116 299 51110). www.abbeypumpingstation.org/events.aspMuseum open Feb-Oct (13.00-16.30). Lionheart Station, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2EZ. www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk Events: August 31-September 1 Model RailEx We
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Hitachi Wins East Midlands Bi-mode Order
HITACHI Rail Europe has won a £400 million deal to supply 165 bi-mode inter-city vehicles for the Midland Main Line. They will be formed into 33 five-car trains for Abellio’s new East Midlands Railway (EMR) franchise, which is committed to replacin
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Retaining Heritage Skills For The Future
AT THE age of 30, Richard Davis is a good few years older than the Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) other apprentices, but he believes this training opportunity came at just the right time. In our latest update from the SVR, we visit Richard in Kiddermi
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SEVERN Valley Railway (SVR) general manager Nick Ralls will leave the railway he has overseen for the last 12 years later this year. Mr Ralls, who joined the SVR shortly after the floods of 2007, is taking on the role of chief executive for the Iro
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Great Western Railcar Progresses At KESR
GWR diesel railcar No. W20W is receiving a thorough overhaul at Tenterden on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR). No. 20 was built at Swindon in 1940, withdrawn in 1962, and after four years of storage was bought by the KESR. It arrived by rail
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Great Western Makes Preparations For ‘Biggest Timetable Change In 43 Years’
PEAK time Cardiff to London ‘flyers’taking just 102 minutes for the 131-mile journey are among the highlights of Great Western Railway’s new inter-city timetable, due to be introduced on December 15. With all of its Class 800 Intercity Express Trai
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