Railway News

New Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales
Date posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:54 | Author/Source: Unseen Steam editor

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales has announced major milestones both in construction and fundraising. Work has started on assembling the crank axle at South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd in Buckfastleigh, Devon and The Mikado Club fundraising initiative to pay for the wheeling of the engine has reached its initial target of £200,000 pledged almost three months earlier than anticipated.

No 85 in service
Author/Source: Unseen Steam editor | 05/24/2017

It was working in Wales until 2010 when its boiler ticket ran out and for the past five years the locomotive has been on static display at the Locomotion Museum in Shildon – an ‘out-station’ of the National Railway Museum in York.
No 85 was the last steam locomotive from Sierra Leone that could be steamed. Still in Africa is its sister No 81 which, along with several other British-built engines and the Queen’s long-forgotten royal train, forms part of the incredible Sierra Leone... read the full story

Sheringham station, Norfolk
Author/Source: Unseen Steam editor | 05/22/2017

Running on just four days, the 2016 trial proved that there was a strong market appeal for such trains which all sold out rapidly.  With a view to establishing services to Cromer as a regular feature, and to ensure their ongoing viability, NNR sought advice and help from NYMR who have over ten years’ experience operating trains over Network Rail’s Esk Valley line.

The result has been a unique partnership between the two heritage railways which, through a staged approach, should in due... read the full story

SDR No 151 / GWR No 2180 'Tiny'
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/18/2017

According to a copy of the Great Western Railway Magazine in the 1930s, Tiny is the last actual surviving broad gauge locomotive in existence. It was built by Sara & Co., of Plymouth, in 1868 and used for shunting purposes in Newton Abbot yard until the early (eighteen) eighties. It passed into the ownership of the Great Western Railway Company with other of the South Devon Railway's rolling stock when the latter company became amalgamated with the former in 1876, and for some years... read the full story

SRT Patron Sir Philip Williams Norden October 2016
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/17/2017

Sir Philip Williams has been given the honour by the registered charity that plans and governs the award-winning Swanage Railway which has been rebuilt from nothing since 1976.

Sir Philip's great-grandfather was the longest-serving director of the London and South Western Railway Company until the company was merged into the new Southern Railway Company in 1923.

Sir Philip said: "It was with great pride and pleasure that I accepted the invitation to become a Patron of the... read the full story

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway near Greet Tunnel
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/16/2017

The railway's 'Broadway: The Last Mile' share offer hasn't just met its £1.25 million target – now that the accounts are finalised the railway can confirm that it has beaten it by more than £80,000, raising £1,330,500 by the offer closing date of 30th April!

This is a remarkable achievement that, as volunteer finance director Chris Bristow explains, underlines how much local people, as well as enthusiasts, want to see trains serving Broadway again after a gap of nearly 60 years.

... read the full story
Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd Railway Society
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/15/2017

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.

The BFT Society have been hard at work planning and carrying out line clearance after having been given permission from Network Rail last year. All work carried out so far has been run by weekend volunteer forces, but the enormous task of... read the full story

Steaming north from Rhyd-Ddu towards Snowdon Ranger station
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/05/2017

The thieves broke-in through a window during the night, ransacking the place and leaving the office in a state before making off with thousands of pounds.

Spokespersons for the F&WHR have said that clear images have been captured of the criminals on their CCTV systems, and that security will be stepped up following the incident, with no cash being left on-site in the future.

The break-in came just a week after the railway enjoyed a successful bank holiday weekend running... read the full story

No. 7822 "Foxcote Manor"
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/04/2017

Foxcote Manor, affectionately known as ‘Foxy’ is the largest locomotive to have visited the railway and volunteers have clubbed together to bring the engine to Tenterden from the Llangollen Railway in Wales.

Locomotive No. 7822 "Foxcote Manor" was designed by Charles Collett of the Great Western Railway and built by British Railways at Swindon Works in 1950. The Manor is the smallest of the western 4-6-0's, smaller than Saints, Halls, Granges, Castles & Kings and has its own... read the full story

Class 47 - 47192 (D1842)
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/03/2017
This year's event will see the most diesel locomotives to ever attend the event, with a total of 10 engines including Swanage's homefleet. There will also be the first appearance of a green-liveried Class 47 at Swanage and Corfe Castle since the summer of 1966. Last year's event saw a record-breaking 4000 visitors attend over four days, and with such an impressive lineup this weekend, Swanage is hoping to set a further record.

The powerful locomotive that will be making Purbeck railway... read the full story

Foxfield Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 05/02/2017

Heritage Railway enthusiasts at the Foxfield Railway called in the fire brigade at noon on Saturday after discovering the smoldering wagons on a set of sidings in Blythe Bridge.

The wagons, which were once used to carry coal and steel in the region, have been badly damaged, with two being almost destroyed. Volunteers at the railway fear that none of the damaged historic assets will be salvageable and have expressed their sadness at the suspected arson attack.

Firefighters... read the full story