Railway News

Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Hayes Knoll
Date posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 15:49 | Author/Source: Editorial

Volunteers at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway (SCR) in Wiltshire have been hard at work restoring the old track bed towards Cricklade which is almost unrecogniseable since the last passenger service ran 57 years ago. 

North Yorkshire Moors Railway locomotive 45407 approaches Newbridge level crossing
Author/Source: Editorial | 02/20/2018

The North Yorkshire Moors Railways granted unprecedented access to DSP, whose co-managing directors Emily Dalton and Donna Clark, describe the show as “a real celebration of the extraordinary heritage and traditions of the country’s railways”.

A tireless army of staff and volunteers will be giving us the inside track on what it takes to run a heritage railway. This year they're celebrating their fiftieth anniversary and viewers will join them as they welcome coach trips, wedding... read the full story

762 Lyn at Woody Bay
Author/Source: Editorial | 02/13/2018

The award was presented to the railway for their work on the new-build locomotive 'LYN' and her four rebuilt original carriages.  The loco was built at the works of the engineering contractor Alan Keef near Ross-on-Wye, and was funded by the independent charity the 762 Club.

The original LYN was built in 1898 to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA and it worked on the Lynton & Barnstaple line until... read the full story

Flying Scotman in 1969
Author/Source: Editorial | 02/07/2018

The National Railway Museum has also released the details for Flying Scotsman's 2018 schedule with the announcement. The new contract will start this year with a tour of venues and scenic railway journeys across the UK.

The first opportunity this year for the public to see Flying Scotsman will be 10 and 11 March at the East Lancashire Railway in Rawtenstall, where it will be on static display. The record-breaking engine is scheduled to visit heritage railway lines on several other... read the full story

60009 Union of South Africa
Author/Source: Editorial | 02/05/2018

The LNER Class A4 engine will be at the NVR from 30th August until the 3rd September, where it will be taking part in a driver experience course as well as starring alongside 34081 ’92 Squadron’ at the railway's ‘Pacifics Weekend’ special event. 

This visit will likely to be the last time that the loco visits the railway as it was announced last year that No.60009 would be retiring from service in 2019 to be placed in a museum alongside 61994 ‘The Great Marquess... read the full story

Trains to Wareham - Summer 2017
Author/Source: Editorial | 02/01/2018

While some special diesel and steam trains may run between Swanage and Wareham during late 2018, the full second year of the Swanage Railway's trial train service to Wareham is now set to start during Easter, 2019.
It had been planned to run a 90 selected day trial train service to Wareham during 2018 using the Swanage Railway's two 1960-built heritage diesel trains, known as diesel multiple units, directly operated by main line-qualified Swanage Railway drivers and guards.... read the full story

Author/Source: Editorial | 01/31/2018

The station has been awarded the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award at the National Rail Heritage Awards following its recent renovation by Network Rail. The project was made possible thanks to support from Carmarthenshire’s Built Heritage Team and significant grant funding from the Railway Heritage Trust. A plaque was unveiled at the station today (Friday 19 January) to celebrate its recent success.

The station, near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire sits on the Heart of Wales Line,... read the full story

Hunslet 0-4-0ST No. 409 'Velinheli'
Author/Source: Editorial | 01/30/2018

The stand at King’s Cross will focus on the railway's heritage, showcasing two ‘Quarry Hunslet’ locomotives from the Victorian era – Hugh Napier and Velinheli. These diminutive but deceptively powerful steam engines were used to transport slate around the local quarries of Bethesda and Llanberis. Following a period of dereliction, they have now
been lovingly restored to working order.

Staff and volunteers from the Ffestiniog Railway will be present to talk to the public and... read the full story

V4 No.3401 - February 1941
Author/Source: Editorial | 01/29/2018

The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) class V4 was a class of 2-6-2 steam locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for mixed-traffic use. It was Gresley's last design for the LNER before he died in 1941. The class V4s had similarities in their appearance and mechanical layout to the class V2s of which pioneer No. 4771 Green Arrow is preserved as a part of the National Collection. The class V2s, introduced in 1936, had limited route availability and the class V4 was a lightweight... read the full story

Swanage Extension
Author/Source: Editorial | 01/25/2018

The line, which last summer ran timetabled trains along the 10-mile route for the first time in 45 years as part of a trial, has been a major achievement for the Swanage Railway team who completed the work on the stretch from Norden to connect with the mainline at Wareham. 

The heritage units, which are currently being refurbished, will not be ready in time for the intended 90-day trial period over the summer, however the railway hopes to carry on with the... read the full story

The North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway's Henschel “Brigadelok” locomotive
Author/Source: Editorial | 01/24/2018

Tracks to Trenches 2018, held at the Moseley Railway Trust’s Apedale Valley Light Railway in Staffordshire will take place on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018 and will be the third in a series of events held to mark the First World War centenary, and highlight how narrow gauge railways supported the fighting men of all nations.

The North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway's Henschel “Brigadelok” locomotive will be making a welcome return to Apedale. This locomotive was... read the full story