The Talyllyn Railway in North Wales has announced that its Narrow Gauge Railway Museum has renewed its Accredited status.
The 90-ton No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’ was withdrawn from service on the Swanage Railway in January, 2003 – after hauling trains on the relaid Purbeck Line for 13 years – because the leviathan of steam required a heavy engineering overhaul.
Built in 1948, the Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific will be returning to service on the Swanage Railway after being given an extensive engineering overhaul by its owners – Southern Locomotives Limited – at the Swanage Railway’s heavy... read the full story
Although Corris Railway train services, except for October 20th and the Santa Special Trains on December 8th and 9th, have finished for this year the volunteer workforce will continue to progress various projects that make for the revival of the oldest narrow gauge railway in Mid Wales (2019 will mark the 160th anniversary of the line’s origin as the Corris, Machynlleth and River Dovey Tramroad).
One area of the work is the construction of the 21st century recreations of the line’s... read the full story
The notebook, dated 1822, was found by John Page, a records assistant at Network Rail’s archive in York. It outlines Stephenson’s redesign of and budget for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, and became the blueprint for the railways that followed.
John uncovered the notebook, which had not been seen since the 1950s, while searching for documents in the archive’s deeds room in April. There are about 20,000 documents on the shelves; the Stephenson notebook is number 350.
He... read the full story
For five year old Owen Jones the Talyllyn Railway is in the blood. His grandfather, Gareth, is a volunteer driver on the Railway was well as being a member of the Railway Company’s Board, while his father, Neil, is a volunteer fireman so it’s not surprising that Owen is a fan of the Railway.
The last British Rail Western Region passenger train ran between Ashburton and Totnes and back on the first Saturday in November, 1958.
To mark this 60th anniversary the heritage railway will be running a special steam hauled service on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The service will be leaving Buckfastleigh at 1958hrs (7:58pm) and returning from Totnes at the same time as the last train did 60 years ago, getting passengers back to Buckfastleigh at 9:21pm.
Tickets are on sale now... read the full story
Mr Jones-Pratt is already well known on both the WSR and within the heritage railway sector through his ownership of two steam locos: former GWR engines No. 4936 Kinlet Hall and No. 7027 Thornbury Castle.
He also has strong local commercial credentials via his business interests in JJP Holdings which operates a number of commercial transport activities through North Somerset and Somerset.
WSR General Manager Paul Conibeare said:” I have known Jon for a number of years on the... read the full story
Andrew Barclay 0-4-0T ‘Dougal’, built in 1946 to work at a gasworks in Glasgow, and acquired in 1969 by the W&LLR’s then general manager, will be spending around six months in Taiwan, during which it will be a star guest at a major festival in December.
The initiative is the result of a twinning arrangement that has been agreed between the W&LLR and Taisugar. Similar to an agreement signed in 2017 between the Welsh line and the Alishan Railway, another major line in Taiwan,... read the full story
Also visiting the heritage line for the annual October event will be an historic 1940s ‘Black 5’ steam locomotive that helped to haul the last steam-hauled passenger train on a British Rail main line in the summer of 1968.
On the theme of the historic locomotive exchange trials in 1948 – which took place on the newly created British Railways network to evaluate different classes of steam locomotives from the previous ‘Big Four’ railway companies – the Autumn Steam Gala runs from... read the full story
Young aspiring engineering from UTC South Durham witnessed this equipment being used. These measurements will allow the engineers from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust working on No. 2007 to precisely align all four wheelsets within the engine’s frames. This sponsorship is a significant contribution to the project not only in its monetary value, but also giving the Trust confidence that the results are precise, meaning considerably less time will be needed than using traditional methods.... read the full story