The West Somerset Railway could benefit from the prospect of revamped rail links between Bishops Lydeard and Taunton, if plans between Somerset County Council, Network Rail and relevant train operators go to plan.
This development plan will be the first phase of a £1.5million project to lengthen the railway's line by crossing the A4169, and is being funded by the popular Polar Express franchise.
The railway currently runs from Lawley Village to Horsehay & Dawley stations on the old Wellington and Severn Junction line that once ran between Wellington and Craven Arms via the Ironbridge Gorge. The railway is operated mainly by volunteers, and was formed as a preservation railway in 1976.... read the full story
This year's gala is set to be a special one as the railway celebrates 100 years of the their Q6 locomotives along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The NYMR's own Q6 locomotive is 100 years old and additionally preserved locomotives of the same age will join the railway for the celebration. The railway has invited 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway and Locomotive number 6 Douglas from the Talyllyn (which is also an ex RAF engine and painted in RAF plant blue to mark the... read the full story
The tender was purchased from William Cooke Cast Products Ltd following the success of the 163 Pacifics Club fundraising campaign, which has raised over £200,000.
Just a week ago on Saturday 28th July, over 100 supporters of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust gathered at Darlington Locomotive Works to celebrate the tenth birthday of No. 60163 Tornado. The locomotive made its first moves in front of the world’s press on 1st August 2008 and has subsequently become a household name.
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Making a triumphant return visit to the W&LLR Steam Gala on 30th August to 1st September will be the locomotive ‘Superb’, kindly loaned to the railway by the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway in Kent. The Bagnall 0-6-2T loco, built in 1940 for service at the Bowaters paper mill at Sittingbourne, proved a big success on its initial visit to Wales last year.
For this year’s Gala Superb is planned to be used more extensively, including for the first time taking charge of... read the full story
The locomotive made its first moves in front of the world’s press on 1st August 2008 and has subsequently become a household name.
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February... read the full story
The engine, which joined the railway on July 12th, is the second diesel loco to join the fleet, along with the NNR's four steam engines. D3935 will be taking over pilot duties at Sheringham station from the Class 11 locomotive 12131.
D3935 was quickly into action during the Railway's highly successful annual Beer Festival [July 13-15] which saw restricted use of platform 2 by service trains. The loco brought trains into platform 1 once the train loco was released outside the station... read the full story
The Motion Club aims to raise £210,000, through 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) in up to eight payments of £125, to manufacture the motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.
The Gresley class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikados’ were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK. They were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley in the 1930s to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly, the design was never fully... read the full story
Last March the programme reached over 3.5 million, over three episodes, with 1.5 million viewers tuning in to episode 1 and again over a million in episode 2. Darlow Smithson Productions Ltd (DSP) will be returning to the railway to produce series two, which will include the railways favourite characters, major events, every day running and everything in between.
Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is currently having an exceptionally busy... read the full story
The railway has taken this precaution to try and ease pressure on the already stretched fire service in the area after the on-going hot and dry weather.
Diesel hauled services will continue to take passengers in the SVR's historic carriages, stopping at all heritage Stations, Halts and The Engine House Visitor Centre, until at least Wednesday 18th July where the situation will be assessed.
The decision was made after a number of small fires the previous Sunday resulted in the... read the full story
The project will see the construction of a platform halt and run-round loop at Greenrigg, approximately half of the way towards its ultimate goal of reaching Alnmouth station. The grant awarded, together with 20% match funding from the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, amounts to £146,600.
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant will cover groundwork costs, track work including buffer stops and railway points, construction material for the platform and the... read the full story