The project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announced that over half of the required 300 members have joined The Boiler Club fundraising campaign.
Included in the test run were two challenging five-mile climbs between Weymouth and Dorchester as well as a five-mile climb from Maiden Newton to Evershot on the line to Yeovil.
Swanage Railway ‘U’ class steam locomotive No. 31806 hauled the empty five-carriage test train which had a 1960 ex-British Railways heritage Class 33 diesel-electric locomotive on the rear.
The seven-hour test run of 115 miles on the main line – No. 31806 hauling the train a total of 57 miles at speeds... read the full story
The Cotswolds heritage railway opened its brand new Broadway station on Good Friday 30 March with crowds of well-wishers both watching and travelling on the 09.40 departure for Cheltenham, the first public train from the village since 6 March 1960, when the station was closed by British Railways. Since then, most trains have been very busy.
A delighted Colin Fewell, the railway’s voluntary commercial director confirmed that almost 6,300 fare-paying passengers travelled on the... read the full story
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on reinstating the former down platform and its characterful waiting room which were demolished by British Railways in the 1960's. The reinstated waiting room will be developed as an education and interpretation centre showing the history of the railway and its effect on local industry, people and businesses. Initial construction work is expected to start during the second quarter of 2018 and the education... read the full story
One such company was the North British Locomotive Company. Based in Glasgow and former from the amalgamation of various smaller loco manufacturers, North British became the largest maker of railway locomotives in the British Empire. Sadly, the company failed to adapt to the end of steam traction and closed its doors in 1962.
In hindsight, the First World War was North British’s zenith. The company contributed hugely to the war effort. The offices became a hospital for the wounded, and... read the full story
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has therefore set itself the challenge of raising £210,000 through The Motion Club from 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order.
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... read the full story
The steam locomotive is the 1917-bult Baldwin number 778. This loco served on the Western Front during the First World War, and ultimately ended its working career in a sugar mill in India (after many adventures!). It came to the UK in 1985, and after a laborious restoration, was returned to steam in 2007. It normally works passenger trains at Leighton Buzzard, but has also visited many other railways. It was a star attraction at the previous Tracks to the Trenches events, and it is... read the full story
The signal box, which has been in operation for 120 years, is closing as part of a North Wales railway upgrade scheme due to cost up to £50million. A petition started by the local community has amassed nearly 150 signatures so far and hopes to save the historic box from demolition. A Save Prestatyn Signal box Facebook group was also started when the communiity first heard the news. It now has more than 700 members.
The signalling system in the area is currently being upgraded and is... read the full story
A lease has been signed between the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway and Thames Water to start work rebuilding the original 1915 industrial railway.
The original 2 ft gauge railway was built between 1914 and 1916 to carry coal from wharves on the River Thames to the pumping stations at Hampton and Kempton Park. In 1945 the line closed.
An event with Michael Hamilton, chairman of the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway was held on Monday 19 March to celebrate the... read the full story
The Mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Cllr Syed Rahman was invited by Chairman Terry Bendall to flag off the first train and take a ride to Stonehenge, accompanied by Town Crier Peter Hailes, who announced its departure.
The season started two weeks earlier than usual, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the railway’s first-ever passenger train. On Sunday 3rd March 1968, IHRR No.1 operated a serious of ‘fan-trips’ using open wagons, and this was recreated half a century later. The... read the full story
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has 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 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the rescuing of... read the full story