Railway News

Eridge station - Spa alley Railway
Date posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:49 | Author/Source: Editorial

The Spa Valley Railway is no longer able to operate trains to Eridge from Tunbridge Wells due to a serious bridge strike by an over-height Heavy Goods Vehicle yesterday.

Black Five No. 45212
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/18/2017

The railway's home fleet will include “Standard Class 4”, 76079 and “Standard Class 4 Tank”, 80136. “B1 Class” 61264 and “Black Five Class” locomotive, 44806 will also be running.

The heritage railway will be welcoming some new faces, including 45212, one of Ian Riley's fleet of "Black Fives", 5199 from Llangollen Railway, along with 1501 and 7714 from the Severn Valley Railway, which will bring a Western feel to the event. This will be the first time that the NYMR has had two... read the full story

Vale of Rheidol
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/14/2017

The award of £250,000 is to support the new project "Views for all, accessing new markets, our past is their future". The project will deliver the restoration of the long derelict Vista car, a carriage which hasn't run in over 25 years. This carriage, alongside three others, will be rebuilt to provide access for wheelchair users on board our historic steam trains.

In addition to the funding for the carriages, two new apprentice positions will be created, carrying on the tremendous... read the full story

‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/13/2017

The Peppercorn 4-6-2 engine will run from March 3-11 (except March 9th) and offer services up and down the NYMR line from Grosmont to Pickering station.

New-build Tornado has been impressing steam enthusiasts since it was built back in 2008, and even hit the 100mph mark earlier this year when it undertook test runs in connection with raising its permitted maximum speed.

Tornado Services will depart at 9:30, 12:40 & 15:40 from Grosmont Station on 3rd & 4th and 10th... read the full story

Flying Scotsman - 60103
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/12/2017

Steam train rides, guest locos and cab access experiences will be available at the event, with Furness Railway No. 20  also hauling passenger trains on the museum's demonstration line throughout the weekend. 

Flying Scotsman will be joined at the Autumn Steam Gala event by another special guest locomotive, BR Standard Class 2MT No. 78018. Built at Darlington North Road Works, locomotive 78018 entered traffic in 1954 at West Auckland Shed (County Durham). The loco became famous for... read the full story

O&K 0-6-0 loco “Elf” of 1936
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/11/2017

The event will mark 50 years since the initial formal meeting held in October 1967 which led to the formation of the preservation society and will see the largest assembly of locomotives since the twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations at the LBR in 1992.

A special train service will be in operation each day with nine departures from Page’s Park to Stonehenge Works and the railway plans to have ten steam locos in action, four of which are over 100 years old.

Visiting locos... read the full story

34072 257 Squadron
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/08/2017

The event was due to take place on September 30 at Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway, with Oliver Bulleid's grandson in attendance, to celebrate the Light Pacific engine's return but Southern Locomotives ltd have been forced to re-schedule the event.

The locomotive is ready to steam but new rulings have been brought in which require further tests on the boiler so that the locomotive can be passed for insurance reasons.

Swanage Railway hopes that No. 34072 will be able to run... read the full story

War Department Locomotive No. 90775
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/07/2017

While the naming ceremony itself is by invitation only, the railway is offering public travel services aboard the Suburban Carriage set whilst being hauled by the M&GN's freshly named locomotive which has just undergone a lengthy 8 year overhaul.

This year has seen both the Suburban 4 carriage set and WD No. 90775 complete major overhauls, all of which have been undertaken by volunteers and staff from the North Norfolk Railway’s Engineering and Carriage Works.

WD 90775 was... read the full story

5197 East Lancashire Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/06/2017

The £600,000 proposed development, which is being led by Bury based Equilibrium Architects, will see Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too.

The ELR plans to construct a 37 metre-long station building at Rawtenstall with full accessibility and will include facilities such as a new cafe, kitchen, common room and tourist information centre. The development would also see an expanded... read the full story

Loughborough Station on the Great Central Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/05/2017

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts turned up to see the crane install the new steel bridge deck across two concrete abutments that will link two stretches of the historic railway as part of the £2.5million project

After the closure of the original Great Central Line by British Rail in 1969, part of the route survived but had a number of changes when two bridges and an embankment were removed, physically dividing the line. Both separate lines have been preserved as heritage lines, but this... read the full story

locomotive ‘P.C.Allen’ - LBR
Author/Source: Editorial | 08/29/2017

The Trust is Britain’s only charity dedicated to the preservation of all modes of transport and its infrastructure. The present the ‘Red Wheel’ plaques to draw attention to sites of significant transport heritage interest. In the case of the Leighton Buzzard Railway, built in 1919 using ex-WW1 materials to carry sand, the award highlights the line as ‘a rare survivor from the era of railways used as internal transport within British industry’. The plaque is mounted on the former stables... read the full story