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More Stock Developments At Welshpool
THE Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s (W&LLR) Andrew Barclay 0-4-0T 2207/1946 Dougal is to go to the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway (SKLR) under a four-year loan agreement. Dougal last ran on the mid Welsh line in 2013 after being withdrawn
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Teen Army Tackles Charity ‘Tubeathon’
A 17-year-old is set to take on a new London Underground-related challenge raising funds for charity, writes Rhys Evitts. Eitan Okrent has devised the ‘Tubeathon’ walking event in aid of the Lives Not Knives campaign, which raises money to prevent kn
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Readers’ Platform
FOLLOWING Kirk Martin’s letter (January issue) about HS2’s missed opportunities, I wondered if anybody had ever considered using the Crossrail tunnel to connect HS1 with HS2? It may sound crazy, but the Elizabeth Line runs from Old Oak Common to Stra
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Hydrogen Demonstrator Train Travels To Saudi And Canada
ALSTOM has shipped its two ‘iLINT’hydrogen trains from Europe to help demonstrate the technology in new regions. Two Class 654 demonstrator two-coach trains were built in 2016/17, and two fleets of similar production trains (numbered as Class 554) ha
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Sutton Coldfield Railway Society. St James’Church Centre, Sutton Coldfield B75 5BW. 19.30. Test track evening. Talking of Trains. Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AG. 19.00.‘Great Western Preserved’: Dick Crane. Continental Railway Circle. St
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Swiss Electric Locomotives since 1900
THIS is an excellent survey of the wide variety of electric locos built and used by Swiss Railways, of all gauges and types in the last 120+ years. Switzerland saw several major lines open as electrified routes, such as the main line from Spiez to Br
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Drivers’ Strike Action Stalemate
THE call for further strike action by train drivers’union ASLEF has so far seen a reluctance by operators to make use of new legislation that gives them the power to insist that a minimum level of service is provided on strike days. ASLEF gave the re
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Are We Heading For A Rolling Stock Crisis?
WHEN the country went into lockdown in March 2020, rail ridership plummeted as a result of the pandemic and the national work from home advice. Train operators reduced the number of services as well as the number of carriages used on those services t
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Summer Opening After All For Northumberland Line
A MONTH after its leader warned of a likely delay to the launch of passenger services on the‘Northumberland Line’between Newcastle and Ashington, Northumberland County Council has confirmed that trains will run from summer 2024 after all, but the sta
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Rise In Open Access Applications
FIRSTGROUP has applied to the Office of Rail and Road to run trains between King’s Cross and Sheffield via Retford. The new service would be an extension of its Hull Trains operation and offer a faster journey to the South Yorkshire city than those r
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Minding The Gap In TfL’s Latest Capital Funding
FOLLOWING the announcement of a £250 million capital funding settlement for 2024 from the Government,Transport for London says it has had to take “difficult decisions”with longer term impacts, in order to allow improvements and renewals to proceed. U
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‘Rapid Progress’ Made On Chester Tram Restoration
THE group restoring Chester’s last surviving electric tramcar, in premises at the former airfield at Hooton Park near Ellesmere Port, says that the project has evolved at an“astounding”rate in recent months. No. 4, a 3ft 6in gauge double-deck tram, w
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Historic Icon Showcased In Aberystwyth
Britain’s oldest narrow gauge loco, 1848-built Fire Queen, its tender and the Director’s Coach, became the first exhibits to enter the new museum at the Vale of Rheidol Railway, on the evening of January 19, 2024. Further exhibits will follow in the
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Simplified Fares Trial Could Make Some Journeys More Expensive
OFF-PEAK and Super Off-Peak fares were due to be withdrawn on selected LNER journeys from February 5, as part of a two-year trial to simplify the range of ticket options available. The move means that journeys will be priced more closely to demand on
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The RCTS: Then And Now
SINCE their introduction in 1989, the Class 91s have made regular appearances in the pages of both The Railway Observer and The Railway Magazine. The ‘91s’ were a key component of the long-delayed electrification of the East Coast Main Line. In the 1
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Tees Valley ‘Keen To Lead’ On Greener Trains
FIVE years after initial plans were set out by Arriva Rail North (ARN) for the introduction of 10 hydrogen multiple units on the Tees Valley Line (connecting Saltburn, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Bishop Auckland), the Tees Valley Combined Authority
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Astbury Railway Shuts
THE last passenger train ran on the 10¼in gauge Astbury Light Railway at Glebe Farm near Congleton, Cheshire on January 21. The railway had proved to be a popular attraction at the venue, which is home to a small farm and farm shop with cafe. Indeed,
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THE initial 920 tonne deck span on the River Tame West viaduct in North Warwickshire was completed before Christmas. It is the first of six precast segmental viaducts which form part of HS2’s Delta Junction to take shape. The first span consists of 1
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Final Call For Entries In The RCTS Photo Competition
ASPIRING photographers have just a few weeks left to get entries in for a chance to scoop some great prizes, as the joint RCTS/Mortons Media railway photographic competition closes at the end of March. You can submit up to two entries in any or all o
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Flying Scotsman To Be Static – But Main Line Return On The Cards For The Autumn
FLYING Scotsman will spend the first part of 2024 on static display at the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York before resuming railtours later in the year. The‘A3’Pacific went on public display at York on January 26, where it is due to remain until
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2023 A Year Of Change
LOOKING back over 2023 shows that changes to the rolling stock on our railways are taking place, but extremely slowly. Little change has taken place to the locomotive stock, the most significant changes being the export of Freightliner Class 86s to B
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The Network’s Notable Moves
The RHTT season along the southern section of the Midland Main Line continued during December with DB Class 66 Nos. 66041+66104 being the regular pairing on the 3J91/3J92 23.17 Toton TMD to West Hampstead Thameslink and 3J93/12.01 return, being seen
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West Coast Loses Legal Battle – Then Door Exemption Revoked
EFFORTS by West Coast Railway (WCR) to have a judicial review of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) refusal to grant a further exemption from central door locking requirements have been dismissed. The decision in December means that the heritage tra
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Government Sets 2050 Rail Freight Growth Target
TRANSPORT Secretary Mark Harper says setting a net tonne kilometre growth target for rail freight of at least 75% by 2050 demonstrates the Government’s confidence in the sector. The Department for Transport describes the figure, equating to an averag
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Two Heritage Line Half-centuries To Be Celebrated
A DIESEL gala is to kick off a series of events this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K&ESR) as a heritage line. Returning after a 14-year absence, the classic traction event is due to be held on April 12-14 a
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