The origins of the future Great Western branch line date back to the early 19th century and the development of the Plymouth & Dartmoor Railway. This 4ft 6in gauge line was promoted by Thomas Tyrwhitt, who was later knighted, to carry freight from Dartmoor to Plymouth. Although it was initially anticipated that the bulk of the traffic would be agricultural, ultimately the horse-powered line was to prove important in the movement of granite from the quarries around Princetown to the... read the full story
The Glasgow subway, known locally as the ‘Clockwork Orange’, is due to undergo a £288 million upgrade and Hitachi’s Italian subsidiary Ansaldo is part of a three-company consortium that is in detailed negotiations with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. The other two companies are the British-based engineering company Babcock and Swiss-based Stadler Rail. The final decision is likely to be made by the SPT in March 2016.
The 4ft 0in gauge Glasgow subway is the third oldest subway... read the full story
Andy Smith’s voice has been reverberating around Birmingham New Street for the past 29 years in his role as station announcer.
Mr Smith, who lives in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, started work on the railway on a British Rail youth training scheme in September 1986. Since then as well as being a train announcer he has also been employed as a train planner and station project team member, the latter being one of Andy’s most challenging, enjoyable and rewarding experiences.
There is concern locally about the future of the 13½-mile long line, which is currently part of the South Western franchise area and which is subject to a new franchise bidding process. Whilst the line makes a significant loss per annum all are keen to see the line survive and, as a result, options for the route’s future are being examined.
Next month the Isle of Wight Council is due to consider a report prepared by Christopher Garnett, former boss of GNER, into future options for the... read the full story
The upgrade work is extensive and includes:
Track lowering and station improvements between Bath and Bristol to prepare the Great Western main line for the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains.
Installing the foundations for the overhead electrification equipment that is essential to power the new electric trains to run underneath. This process is known as ‘piling’ and will take place at various locations in the Thames Valley.
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The Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway Company wants Cornwall Council to back a full feasibility study of the area, after initial assessments suggested either a heritage line or combined steam and local commuter line would both prove profitable.
The group – an offshoot of the Bodmin and Wenford Railway – are hoping to build a new Wadebridge East station at Guineaport, and relaying 4.5 miles of track along the Camel Trail, through Nanstallon and to Boscarne, near Bodmin.
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The post was created after a review of the railway’s organisational structure following recent operational expansion.
Mr Owen is originally from Newcastle, moving to London in 1983 to join the Metropolitan Police. Stationed primarily in South London, his career took him into Royalty Protection and up the ranks to Acting Chief Inspector until his retirement after 32 years service.
A resident of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, although not a railwayman, his links with heritage steam... read the full story
In the West Midlands, the £250m upgrade of the West Coast main line between Stafford and Crewe will be virtually completed when a new flyover at Norton Bridge opens to trains, removing one of the last bottlenecks on the route.
Elsewhere, a major junction – which allows trains to change tracks and routes – is being replaced between Birmingham and Wolverhampton to make it more reliable in the future. This will mean there will be a significantly reduced service between Birmingham... read the full story
The world’s most famous locomotive was making its inaugural run from King’s Cross to York after a decade-long, £4.2 million restoration.
Passengers said Scotsman came to a ‘shuddering stop’ near St Neots, Cambridgeshire, when photographers were spotted trespassing on the tracks to get the perfect shot.
Virgin Trains East Coast issued a warning that other services were being... read the full story
The Garw Valley Railway hopes to restore passenger services to the branch line between Pontycymer and Tondu for the first time since 1991.
If successful, it will be the longest heritage line in South Wales.
This May marks 140 years since Great Western Railway opened the route to transport locally mined coal to the docks for export. The group plans to host an open day to mark the occasion and drum up support and donations for the massive task ahead.
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