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Eurostar To Stop Running If ‘No Deal’ Brexit Happens?
FRENCH national railway operator SNCF, the biggest shareholder in Eurostar, has publicly said it is possible Eurostar services will have to cease operation, or be restricted, if the UK leaves the EU without agreeing a withdrawal deal. Until now SNC
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Exhibitions
DAILY UNTIL OCTOBER 4› ELR50 Visitors’ Centre, Batemans Brewery, Wainfleet, Lincs. This event commemorates 50 years since the East Lincolnshire Railway and its branches closed. This is largest display of surviving railwayana from the East Lincol
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Hagley Hall Edges Closer To Severn Valley Comeback
WORK on the overhaul of Severn Valley Railway flagship ‘Hall’ No. 4930 Hagley Hall has progressed to the ‘detail’ stage. This means the focus has turned away from the larger components to the refurbishment and replacement of the myriad smaller, vit
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Whitwell & Reepham ‘Thursday Gang’ nears end of Agecroft No. 3 restoration
ROBERT Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-4-0ST Agecroft No. 3 (7681/1951) is in the final stages of restoration at Whitwell & Reepham Station in Norfolk. The locomotive is one of a trio that worked at Agecroft power station, near Manchester, until September
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NR Annual Report Highlights Delivery Successes – But Debt Grows Again
Your reports and pictures are most welcome Highly competitive rates are paid, especially if exclusive to The RM NEW and expanded stations, electrification schemes and capacity for an additional 3,000 trains a week are all highlighted as successes
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Stanier Pair Celebrate Conwy Valley Reopening
Your reports and pictures are most welcome Highly competitive rates are paid, especially if exclusive to The RM NETWORK Rail and Transport for Wales Rail Services hosted a special main line steam trip on August 3 to celebrate the reopening of the
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The Fenman
TODAY, the small Norfolk resort of Hunstanton is but a memory on the railway map, but six decades ago it was considered by BR to be important enough to warrant its own direct buffet car service to London. ‘The Fenman’ was inaugurated on May 23, 1949
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The Demise Of Titled Trains
A NUMBER of developments have combined to kill off the majority of titled trains. In no particular order (and not all relevant to the present day), they are: ■ The introduction from the 1970s of identical standardised, fixed-fomation train sets, suc
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Transition
MANY enthusiasts doubtless consider photographer Colin Gifford – he of ‘Each a Glimpse’… ‘and Gone Forever’ fame – to be exclusively steam in his tastes, but this talented cameraman was also fascinated by the newer forms of traction invading his belo
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Bundoran Junction Station On The Market For Under £200k
ONE of Northern Ireland’s best-known former stations has been put up for sale, opening up the opportunity to own a real piece of Irish railway history. Bundoran Junction, in Kilskeery, Co Tyrone, was a popular interchange on the Great Northern Rail
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Sidelines
REFURBISHMENT and repair work to Abergavenny station footbridge was completed on July 26. The project to restore the footbridge to its former glory included the removal of the lattice-section bridge span, and the renewal of the deck walkway with an
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Settle & Carlisle landslip halts ‘Dalesman’
WEST Coast Railways’‘Dalesman’ tour on July 30 suffered lengthy delays after heavy rain in the Yorkshire Dales caused flooding and a landslip at Arten Gill, writes Paul Berry. Around a month’s worth of rain fell in a little over an hour across the
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Pullman DMUs – A New Look For An Old Favourite
THIS was one of British Railways’ famous ‘Blue Pullman’ diesel trains (see also ‘Bristol Pullman’, ‘Midland Pullman’, ‘Oxford Pullman’ and ‘South Wales Pullman’). They were the first and only diesel multiple unit Pullmans in the country and also fe
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Continental Elegance On Rails
SELECTING a single titled train to represent each of the ‘Big Four’ would be an invidious task, but assuming that ‘The Flying Scotsman’ would win the LNER section, the general consensus for the others would probably result in ‘The Royal Scot’, ‘The C
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‘Azuma’ Makes Scottish Debut As LNER Ponders Extra Trains
LNER introduced its first Anglo-Scottish ‘Azuma’ diagram on August 1, with more services expected to move over to the new trains in mid-September. LNER’s daily 06.48 service from Glasgow Central-King’s Cross and 15.30 return will also switch to the
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Emissions From Steam Locos: Your Views
IT WAS inevitable heritage railways would become the target for the attentions of global warming protestors. The Heritage Railway Association has put up sound arguments for retaining steam operation, citing the benefits to employees, volunteers and
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Welshpool Line Hiring Zillertalbahn Steam Loco
Your reports and pictures are most welcome Highly competitive rates are paid, especially if exclusive to The RM THE Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (WLLR) is hiring newly overhauled U-class 0-6-2T No. 2 Zillertal from Austria’s Zillertalbahn li
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Long-term Rail Plan For Sheffield Region Unveiled
SHEFFIELD City Region has revealed its long-term plan to increase rail travel over the coming years. The Rail Plan is designed to take advantage of the planned north and south connections to HS2 Phase 2b and the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail (N
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Chance To Say Farewell To Cardiff Valleys ‘Pacers’
CLASS 142-144‘Pacers’are not a favourite with regular commuters, but many enthusiasts will want to bid farewell as they are retired over the next few months. The Branch Line Society will operate the‘Farwelio â Phacer Cymoedd Caerdydd’(Cardiff Valle
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(the) Atlantic Coast Express *
THE Atlantic Coast Express, or ‘ACE’ as it was often referred to, was one of the most complicated services in terms of portions and route permutations. Woe betide any passenger who inadvertently sat in the wrong part of this train! At its peak, it
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Holiday Trains And Excursions
TRAINS have long been associated with holidays and a number of dedicated services have been run over the years to various resorts or holiday camps. Some, such as the ‘Sunny South Express’ and the ‘Golden Sands Express’, ran to regular timings and a
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Editor’s Comment
CONTROVERSIAL as it is, the plans to build HS2 are now subject to a review relating to its benefits and costs. As a key infrastructure project, HS2 has certainly polarised public opinion, but as a project it is still surrounded by outright lies, coup
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Loss Of Brakes On Caledonian Sleeper Adds To Operator Woes
THE loss of control of the train brakes during the operation of the ‘Lowlander’ Caledonian Sleeper service on August 1 on the approach to Edinburgh Waverley station is being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). Starting as
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Railways in Parliament
LORD PATTEN asked Her Majesty’s Government in the House of Lords what assessment has been made of the possibility of re-connecting Minehead station to the rail network. Transport Minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton said:“Great Western Railway is pla
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