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Restoration Progress At Peak Rail
HUDSWELL Clarke 0-4-0ST No. 750 Waleswood has moved from the Chasewater Railway to take up residency at Peak Rail. A former Skinner & Holdford’s shunter for the firm’s Waleswood Colliery and Coking plant, it entered preservation in 1975. An overhaul
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Doubled-up Victorian Steam For Swanage
WITH LSWRT3 4-4-0 No. 563 having stolen the show at the Swanage Railway’sWinterWarm Up weekend of January 6/7 (as reported last issue), the first opportunity to witness it operating alongside another product of the 19th century will be presented duri
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'Striking' Guest Announced For Severn Valley Diesel Festival - With More VIPs Set To Come
LOCOMOTIVE Services Group’s Class 37 No. 37409 has been named as the first of several guests for the Severn Valley Railway’s Spring Diesel Festival, taking place on May 16 to 19. As the SVR looks to build on the outstanding success of its diesel even
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Small Pannier For Bluebell's May Gala Event
SOUTH Devon Railway-based GWR pannier No. 1369is to appear at the Bluebell Railway’s May 10-12 branchline weekend. The sole survivor of its class, the short wheelbase veteran of the Weymouth Quay tramway and Wenfordbridge branch will run alongside GW
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Industry Plays Its Part In TAL Line-up
INDUSTRIAL steam will spearhead the railwayana selection in a Transport Auctions of London sale on February 24, when worksplates from three locomotives built between 1902 and 1912 will go under the hammer. The oldest is an R&W Hawthorn Leslie & Co pl
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The John Fowler Narrow Gauge Legacy
JJohn Fowler & Co, based in the Steam Plough Works in Leeds, was well-known in the production of a wide range of agricultural machinery, notably road locomotives and ploughing engines for customers at home and abroad, many examples of which are still
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Thomas Trip For Fundraising Young Heroes
THOMAS the Tank Engine is to haul a special train to the official reopening of the Nene Valley Railway’s Orton Mere signalbox, with two schoolboys who raised thousands of pounds to restore it following an arson attack as the special guests on board.
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Washford Purchase For West Somerset Trust As Trolleys Moved To Wales
THE Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust has sold its remaining track and shed within the Washford station goods yard to the West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust as it concludes the vacation of its former home. Furthermore, the heritage trust has signed a
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Bluebell P Class To Go On Show At Margate's One:One
SECR 0-6-0T P class No 178, affectionately known as Nettle, is to be loaned to Jeremy Hosking’s One:One Museum at Margate. The museum, in one of the former warehouses of model manufacturer Hornby, is set to become what some have described as the“sout
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Connemara Railway Extends Towards Oughterard
IRELAND’S Connemara Railway project has made significant progress after a burst of winter track-laying took the line two-thirds-of-a-mile east of its Maam Cross station base in the direction of Oughterard, the next station towards Galway. A temporary
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Great Central Winter Wonder Is A Winner!
The Great Central Railway’s first event of 2024 underlined for all time the double-track heritage line’s place not only in the sector, but also as a cornerstone of the local economy. Each of the three days saw services filled to capacity, along with
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Making A Return After 38 Years - Nene Valley's Danish Delight!
A CLASSIC Danish locomotive which had not steamed for 38 years has made its comeback into traffic on the NeneValley Railway. DSB (Danske Statsbaner – Danish State Railways) F class 0-6-0T No. 656 – nicknamed‘Tinkerbell’because of the sound it makes w
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Rare Double 'Thumper' Weekend For Lavender Line
THE Lavender Line is offering a rare chance to see two Class 205 ‘Thumper’ DEMUs operating together with a double unit running weekend on April 20/21. The line is home to units Nos. 1133 (which carries BR Southern Region green) and 1118 (which sports
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Sherpa for Ruislip Lido
THE Ruislip Lido Railway’s May 4-6 steam gala will feature visiting Milner Engineering 0-4-0STT Sherpa on loan from the Fairbourne Railway. The 1978-built locomotive is based on a Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Sharp Stewart B and ran on the Réseau Gue
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Ecclesbourne £30k Appeal To Reconnect Duffield Split
THE Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has launched an SOS appeal to raise £30,000 for essential repairs after a landslide cut off the main line interchange at Duffield. The slippage occurred following embankment damage that began last April but was exacerb
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Three-day Cornish Riviera Getaway On Offer From Midland Pullman In April
MIDLAND Pullman is offering customers the chance for three days in the Cornish Riviera between Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 14. Departing from Berwick-uponTweed, the luxury high speed train in the blue livery of the Midland Pullman will head so
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Tornado Testing On Cambrian Route After Nene Valley Visit?
PEPPERCORN A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado may undergo test runs on the Cambrian line west of Shrewsbury before it returns to regular traffic on the national network. Tornado has been expected to undergo test runs at Network Rail’s Rail Innovation & Dev
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With Full Regulator Locomotive Performance Then And Now
AS I write this, there is much uncertainty over the main line steam scene, mainly as a result of West Coast Railways losing its judicial review over the continued use of non-central door locking rolling stock (CDL) on the main line.This decision has
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'Tractors' Near Retirement As DRS Announces Disposals
WITHIN the last two decades, several Class 37s were bought back from heritage lines and returned to main line use by Train Operating Companies, but now their time on the national network could be drawing to a close once more following the announcemen
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Cliff Tramway Hit By Blaze
SALTBURN Cliff Tramway’s station sustained‘extensive’ damage following a devastating blaze, said to have been caused by an electric fault, on January 15. Fire crews were called to the building in Altern Bank at about 10.30am after smoke was seen bill
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Scottish Line Awaits Green Light For Laying Down Track
HOPES of laying track on the Scottish Borders-based Tweeddale Heritage Railway in 2023 were thwarted by planning and landowner negotiations taking longer than initially expected. However, volunteers on Scotland’s newest narrow-gauge railway have used
Heritage Railway2 min read
Bluebell Pullman Conversion For Accessible Fine Dining
THE conversion of parlour brake third Car No. 54 at the Bluebell Railway will provide the first-ever accessible Pullman dining car when it enters service in the spring on the line’s luxury‘Golden Arrow’services. Originally built as a Kitchen Third by
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Converted Eden Valley Station And Holiday Lets On The Market For £1.4m
CLIBURN station, which was built to serve the original EdenValley Railway and later converted into a four-bedroom family home and holiday let business, is now on the market for offers of about £1.4 million. The station opened to passenger traffic on
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Final Call Is Made For Entries In The RCTS Photographic Competition
MARCH 31 is the closing date for the joint Railway Correspondence &Travel Society/Mortons Media railway photographic competition – a free-to-enter contest. You can submit up to two entries in any or all of the four categories using photographs taken
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A Class Of Their Own
I WAS too late to see steam on the Cambrian. By the time I came to Aberystwyth to study, it wasn’t diesels which had displaced main line steam from the area, but a more modern flirtation with ERTMS signalling. Locals still lamented the loss of steam
Heritage Railway10 min read
Operational Heritage Lines And Museums
Amberley Museum 2ft gauge, ¼ mile. Arundel, West Sussex. Tel: 01798 831370. Open: Weds-Suns. Bluebell Railway Standard gauge, 11 miles. Sheffield Park, East Sussex TN22 2QL. Tel: 01825 720800. Running: Feb 16-18. Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway 2ft
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Bramley Line Team Faces Further Wait For Decision
BRAMLEY Line Heritage Railway members who are aiming to reopen the long-mothballed Wisbech to March line must wait for several more months before a decision is made as to whether to restore it as light rail with trams or as a classic heritage line. T
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Architect Firm Appointed For Crewe Heritage Centre Upgrade
LONDON architectural practice 6a has won a publicly tendered contract, estimated to be worth £45,000, to draw up plans for a major upgrade of Crewe Heritage Centre for Crewe Town Council. Established in 2001, 6a is associated with projects for cultur
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New Directors Appointed To West Somerset
WEST Somerset Railway plc has appointed two new directors to fill newly-created voluntary posts after advertising the vacancies. Malcolm Smith and Robin Wichard will begin working with the plc board and senior staff immediately, with an initial three
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Western Champion Is Set For Main Line Comeback
A SUCCESSFUL test run for Class 52 Western D1015 Western Champion has given light at the end of the tunnel for the locomotive’s main line comeback. As we went to press last issue, D1015 had headed out light engine from Kidderminster traction and moti
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