Railway News

34092 approaches
Date posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 14:02 | Author/Source: Editorial

The East Lancashire Railway has launched a fresh appeal to raise funds to buy No. 34092 "City of Wells", which has been a regular at the ELR for the last few years and now up for sale.

T3 class locomotive No. 563
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/22/2017

Previously owned by the National Railway Museum, No. 563 was donated to the Swanage Railway Trust in March 2017. From day one the railway has always had the ambition to return No. 563 to steam.

This workshop that the engine was moved to on November 13th has a proven track record of restoring Victorian and Edwardian steam locomotives and will be working hard to develop a sustainable plan that will ensure no.563 steams again.

Built in 1893, No. 563 was part of the famous T3 class... read the full story

Foxfield Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/21/2017

The Knotty Coach Trust of the Foxfield Railway has received £89,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help support its accessible coach project on the railway in Blythe Bridge.

The money, which is raised by the National Lottery, will help restore the inside of a unique four-wheeled 'Brake Third' railway coach to provide additional seating as well as allow access to passengers with mobility and other impairments. 

The coach, originally built in Stoke... read the full story

Brockford Station at the MSLR Museum
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/16/2017

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Geoffrey Probert will visit the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway on Wednesday 22nd November to present a certificate for the Railway Museum’s contribution to Suffolk’s Heritage.

Wednesday's happen to be the Museum’s volunteers days so there will be activity in all Departments which Mr Probert and his wife will be experiencing on their visit. It is also a designated training day and there will be a train available for the visitors to ride on to get the full Middy... read the full story

Part of the collection of railway signs auctioned
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/14/2017
The auctioneer explained that the late collector's wife had no idea of the number of signs her husband had amassed over the years. The collection, which included signs from 14 forgotten railway stations which were closed as a result of the infamous Beeching cuts, sold for more than £93k. Experts had originally valued the collection at around £60k. 

Friday's auction saw 500 lots go up in just 4 hours, with one sign that inspired a classic poem by Poet Laureate Sir John... read the full story

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - leaving Killington Lane
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/13/2017

The railway, which first opened independently in 1898 had a fairly short working life having been bought out by Southern Railway in the 1920s. Despite a number of cost saving measures being implemented and extra investment in the line, the railway made many losses and was subsequently closed in the late summer of 1935. The line lay dormant for many decades until the L&BR association was formed in 1979 who then went on to form the railway company in the early nineties. Once the station... read the full story

‘Small Prairie’ No. 4555 will be making its first-ever appearance on a preserved railway other than the Kingswear and Buckfastleigh lines.
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/10/2017

Following on from a succesful Silver Jubilee Gala, the Churnet Valley Railway has announced that a deal has been reached with the Dartmouth Steam Railway, as well as the release of initial plans for a NSRC40 Gala in 2018.

Following this winter’s hire of GWR ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T No. 4277 from the Dartmouth Steam Railway, agreements have been made for two more Paignton-based engines to make extended visits to Staffordshire -: ‘Small Prairie’ No. 4555, making its first-ever appearance on a... read the full story

Flying Scotsman No. 60103 - Cathedral's Express
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/09/2017

On the outward journey, Flying Scotsman will take passengers on a fast run south through Ely and Cambridge before picking up the East Coast route to London. Passengers in premier dining and Pullman Style dining will be served a meal and refreshments as they enjoy the scenic journey through the English countryside.

Steam enthusiasts will be hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous LNER A3 Pacific engine on its route as it will be making a number of stops along the way. In order to avoid... read the full story

John Wigstons original artwork for his new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales alongside No. 2001 Cock o’ the North and No. 2002 Earl Marischal
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/08/2017
If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021, the cylinder block has to be ordered in 2017. At its annual convention on 30th September 2017, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust set itself the challenge of raising £100,000 through The Cylinder Club from 100 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... read the full story
Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 “Doll” of 1919
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/07/2017

The ’50 Not Out’ gala over the weekend of September 30th – October 1st saw a total of eleven steam locomotives in use, plus fifteen petrol and diesel locomotives from the railway’s large collection. Highlights of the weekend included the reuniting of former Pen-yr-Orsedd quarry locomotives ‘Chaloner’ and ‘Diana’ working together for the first time since 1960. Looking to the future, demonstration freight trains were operated over the projected extension north of Stonehenge Station, with its 1... read the full story

Diesel Delights - Two Pilkington Motor Rails
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/06/2017

The event was conceived and planned by a small group of the railway’s younger members. During this weekend, no fewer than 18 of the railway’s fleet of diesel and petrol locomotives had an outing on the passenger train. 2017 was the first time an event focussed on the non-steam locomotives at Apedale had been run – but it seems set to be a firm fixture in the calendar in future years.

Phil Robinson, the Trust Chairman said “We are delighted with how the Diesel Delights event went. The... read the full story