Railway News

No. 5 loco 'Hercules' on the RH&DR
Date posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:53 | Author/Source: Editorial

This year the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway will be celebrating a special milestone as it marks its 90th year since opening.

Flying Scotsman
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/23/2017

The event will take place next month on April 23rd, when ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman will be joined by a Virgin Trains Class 43 HST, a Class 91, and the newest train: an Hitachi Class 800, which is yet to enter service.

The event, organised by Virgin Trains, Welcome to Yorkshire, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum will see the four trains depart at Tollerton Junction and head towards York in a staggered formation at 25mph.

During the event Flying Scotsman will be... read the full story

Hunslet Steam No. 3905 “Jennie”
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/22/2017
Kerr, Stuart was a Stoke-on-Trent based locomotive manufacturer – so “Stanhope” is now preserved less than five miles from where it was built. However, the intervening century saw it work in England, Scotland and Wales!

The first additional visiting loco - is Kerr, Stuart 3128. This is one of the iconic “Wren” class locomotives which had a particularly interesting career, including crossing the Atlantic four times! It was built in 1918 for a factory at Avonmouth which supplied Mustard... read the full story

Broadway - trains hope to be rolling into these platforms in 2018 as progress steadily continues
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/21/2017

Now, with just one week since the railway began its 2017 operating season, there is just £100,000 left of the projects £1.25m target to reach, thanks to a last-minute boost in share applications.

The extension will put Broadway back on the railway map and link the line with Cheltenham for the first time in almost 60 years, after the stations north of Cheltenham Racecourse were closed in March 1960.

Chris Bristow, volunteer finance director of GWSR Plc... read the full story

Enthusiasts special run in 1956 - When it seemed to be the end for the Llanfair Line…
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/20/2017

Anyone proving that they live in an SY21 postcode can take a return trip on the line for just 70p - or 14 shillings in old money.  Back in 1963, the year that the Llanfair Line reopened as a heritage railway, 14 shillings was equivalent to what you’d pay for today’s return fare of £13.50.

The 2017 season will be the 54th in which the railway has been operated almost entirely by volunteers. This overtakes the 53 years – 1903 to 1956 – that it was run commercially by the line’s three... read the full story

60163 Tornado on a previous crossing of the Ribblehead VIaduct © Creative Commons Licence
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/17/2017

The rail tour will be part of an official reopening after a 500,000 tonne landslip closed a section of the line at Armathwaite, North of Appleby, over a year ago and will  tie-in with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway's Scotsman event. 

The line, which was built in the 1870s, suffered a major landslip in early 2016 which resulted in the closure of the line at Eden Brows. ... read the full story

Royal Scot on the Borders Railway - 2016
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/16/2017

The famous locomotive will visit the NYMR from 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 March and 1 & 2 April. She will be available for return journeys from Grosmont to Pickering as well as scottish themed pullman lunch services.

Royal Scot, which was built in 1927, was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives, made by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. She was then rebuilt by British Railways in 1950 and went on... read the full story

Bulleid Pacific at Corfe Castle May 1967
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/15/2017

Five of the massive steam locos – built at Eastleigh in Hampshire by the Southern Railway for use on its main lines between London and the coast – will be hauling trains through the Isle of Purbeck during a three-day 'Strictly Bulleid' event from Friday, 31 March, to Sunday, 2 April, 2017, inclusive.

Trains will be running along the whole nine and a half mile length of the Swanage Railway – including the newly completed four-mile extension between Norden and the River Frome, within... read the full story

 Class NG G16 on the Welsh Highland Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/14/2017

The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway (F&WHR ) which runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon, via its main station Porthmadog, has received a £464,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme.

The grant will allow the railway to offer twenty lucky people year-long traineeships to develop their heritage skills and gain a greater understanding of the heritage railway scene. The F&WHR hopes to have the programme underway by... read the full story

Blaenau Ffestiniog Station
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/13/2017

The ambitious project, taken on by the Trawsfynydd & Blaenau Ffestiniog Community Railway Company, along with a team of volunteers and investors, hopes to restore the seven-mile section of abandoned line in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales.

Work has already started on clearing the line which is being tackled in sections. The society was given permission last year by Network Rail to clear the vegetation from the track bed, so they can eventually run a heritage railway on the... read the full story

Snowdon Mountain Railway - Clogwyn Station in the distance
Author/Source: Editorial | 03/10/2017

Mothballed back in 2000 while it underwent a full refit, Loco No. 5 'Moel Siabod', a Swiss-designed 0-4-2RT engine will make its comeback and join the SMR's fleet ready for the 2017 season.

Moel Siabod was one of the original five locos manufactured by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works of Winterthur CH Stadler. They were later supported by a further batch of engines in 1923, with a trio of superheated locos also built by Winterthur. The first locomotives ordered cost the railway... read the full story