Saturday February 9th saw the celebrations surrounding the Heritage Railway Association’s 2019 annual awards. At a gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, attendees were entertained by guest speaker Pete Waterman, prior to an awards ceremony that recognised the very best of the UK’s heritage rail industry.
The funding has been awarded to the railway by the Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS) scheme, part of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The improvements at the popular tourist attraction meet a variety of needs, but a common theme will be better access and attractions for visitors.
At the Llanfair Caereinion terminus two electric vehicle charging points will be made available... read the full story
Owned by the National Railway Museum in York, the iconic 97-tonne A3 class locomotive – completed in 1923 by the London and North Eastern Railway (L.N.E.R.) – will be on the Purbeck heritage railway for 20 days from Friday, 22 March to Wednesday, 10 April, 2019, inclusive.
During a test run in 1934, the Nigel Gresley-designed ‘Flying Scotsman’ was the first steam locomotive in the United Kingdom to haul a train at 100 miles an hour.
Coupled behind No. 60103 ‘Flying... read the full story
Over the two days December 8th and 9th 308 visitors enjoyed their train journey along the Dulas Valley and visit to Santa in the carriage shed grotto at Maespoeth Junction. Unfortunately the Corris’ steam locomotive Number 7 failed with a valve gear problem on the Saturday and its place was taken by diesel Number 11.
Progress on the CR’s new steam locomotive, “Falcon” Number 10, continues at the workshops of Alan Keef Ltd at Ross-on-Wye. Following the plan to employ the remaining... read the full story
As the Corris Railway looks to increase its rate of monthly fund-raising for the new build “Falcon” 0-4-2ST Number 10, and with volunteers looking to begin construction of the cab for the locomotive, some parts of its predecessor Number 3 have gone on display at Maespoeth Junction.
These are sections of the cab which was removed during the overhaul of Number 3 in 1967 and were apparently buried at Tywyn Pendre. When the earth bank which held the remains was removed the rusted... read the full story
The signing ceremony was held in the city of Chiayi as part of the launch of TSC’s annual Sugar Festival, which for 2018 is taking a theme of ‘Taiwan and British Railway Culture Exchange.’
Star of the Festival is the mid-Wales heritage railway’s 0-4-0T tank engine ‘Dougal’. The Andrew Barclay locomotive, built in 1946 for a gasworks in Glasgow and resident on the Welsh line since 1967, was specially shipped to Taiwan for the event by TSC.
First connections between the W&... read the full story
The Motion Club aims to raise £210,000, through 175 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) in up to eight payments of £125, to manufacture the motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Reaching over 100 members of The Motion Club coincides with the motion bracket design being finalised.
Following the success of The Founders Club (to get the project to the point of cutting the frames), The Boiler Club (to fund the construction of the boiler), The... read the full story
The return of 45596 Bahamas to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, from Tyseley has been affected by an unexpected delay in completing the installation and commissioning of the TPWS/OTMR equipment by the contractor engaged by Tyseley to do the work. The work has since completed,b delay has meant that there has been a ‘knock on’ effect to the submission and processing of the documentation needed to allow the engine to be included in the Network Rail Rolling Stock Library. The proposed... read the full story
Before the locomotive shed and workshop opened at Tywyn Pendre in 1867, the Railway’s first locomotive shed was at Ty Dŵr just above Abergynolwyn village on what was known as the mineral extension.
A waterfall supplied water to the locomotive and even when the shed fell out of use locomotives continued to take water here when they shunted wagons between Abergynolwyn station and the base of the first incline to the Bryn Egwlys quarry at what is now Nant Gwernol station.
The... read the full story
The run was made possible owing to the close working relationship between the two railways in preparation for ‘Russell’ to appear at a special event in 2019 to celebrate the... read the full story
Following the Act of Rembrance at Toddington, those taking part continued to Cheltenham Racecourse on a train hauled by a steam locomotive that served during the First World War, to join the Armistice Centenary celebrations at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The event, marking the centenary of the Armistice, was a solemn occasion attended by the ‘Glosters’ (former troops of the Royal Gloucestershire Regiment) under the direction of Regimental Sergeant-Major Keeling and Colonel Robert... read the full story