March 2016

2-10-0 3672 'Dame Vera Lynn'
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:18

However, they are breaking with pie & pea tradition and offering a tasty curry themed meal instead.

Setting off from Pickering station at 7.15pm on Friday 6 May, the steam hauled curry train will head along the line to Grosmont, while the team serve tantalising tastes from India in the 1937 Art Deco style teak buffet coach.

Starters include onion bhajis and a pickle tray with poppadoms, with the main course offering a selection of mild to hot chicken curries and a... read the full story

Track lowering in Sydney Gardens
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:13

The work forms part of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and will involve the orange army working round-the-clock to deliver the railway upgrades needed for electrification. This work follows the successful track lowering project in Bath last summer and will involve:

  • Lowering the tracks at Keynsham station to protect the historic architecture of its footbridge, while creating the extra space needed for the... read the full story
Site of Bogside (Fife) Station on the Alloa - Dunfermline line.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:05

The traffic requirements of the now-closed power station meant that track capacity on the ex-North British Railway line west of Dunfermline was inadequate to carry passenger services. But with the 46-year-old power station’s closure — the latest in a number of older coal and biomass fired power stations to close in Britain — this ceases to be an issue.

The line from Dunfermline to Alloa via Culross lost its passenger services as long ago as 7 July 1930 and the alternative route, now... read the full story

Swanage Vandalism
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 12:50

Offenders tagged carriages in the sidings at Corfe Castle and Herston, sometime in the evening of March 29 or in the early hours of March 30.

Purbeck police have released images of the damage, which is estimated to cost Swanage hundreds of pounds in clean-up costs and lost revenue.

For volunteers, it’s a repeat of the scene played out on March 15, when three railway carriages were targeted on Station Approach.

Police implored the public for assistance.

“If you... read the full story

Ordsall Chord - Manchester
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 12:42

The controversial project will link Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly for the first time, helping to deliver faster and more frequent trains as part of a wider programme of work.

The project is part of Network Rail’s several billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan for the north, helping increase connectivity between towns and cities and enabling the Government’s Northern Powerhouse.

The construction of the new curve, which will see Manchester’s historic Liverpool Road... read the full story

Work at Norton Bridge, near Stafford
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:42

The new railway removes one of the last major bottlenecks on the West Coast main line by allowing trains travelling to Manchester from the south and West Midlands to travel over, rather than across, the existing tracks.

This will help create the capacity for more frequent services through the Stafford area as well as speeding up journeys and improving reliability on the West Coast main line, one of the busiest rail routes in Europe.

The first train to use the new flyover was... read the full story

Network Rail Easter upgrade works
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:36

Network Rail chief executive, Mark Carne, said: ‘Dealing with the damage caused by Storm Katie would have been challenging in itself, but it came on top of the biggest programme of Easter engineering works ever. I am immensely proud of the dedicated people who worked so hard to safely deliver over 450 improvement projects that will make a difference to passengers and businesses who rely on the railway every day.’

As Storm Katie battered Britain on March 28, overhead electrical wires... read the full story

Weardale Railway
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:10

It was the first time trains stopped in the small Durham village in 50 years, after the heritage line decided to extend services beyond Wolsingham on select Sundays throughout the summer.

The railway operates from Stanhope, to Frosterley, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear, before returning to Stanhope via the same route.

The project is a joint venture from WHRS and Witton-le-Wear Parish Council, with both... read the full story

Cambridge Station platform
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:00

East West Rail aims to improve the east-west connectivity through improved public transport in order to support economic growth, prosperity and employment in the area and to introduce faster and more reliable train services between Oxford, Cambridge and East Anglia.

The corridor Bedford – Sandy – Cambridge corridor is the preferred choice from 20 options which have been considered in detail.  Network Rail will publish written documentation, analysis and evidence supporting the... read the full story

Broadway station site
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 10:53

The issue would pay for the construction of Broadway station, as well as track laying from Little Buckland to Broadway, known as the Last Mile of the extension from Cheltenham.

After 30 years if campaigning, the railway hopes to have services running between the two towns for the 2018 season for the first time since the original station closed in 1960. When completed the railway will be 14 miles long

Mr Waterman, a railway enthusiast and president of the GWR will launch the... read the full story