April 2016

Hunslet No. 1589 Newstead
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:01

In what’s being described as one of the biggest preservation stories of the 21st century so far, No. 1589 Newstead was discovered in a convent in near perfect condition after not being seen for more than 30 years.

The locomotive was presumed scrapped, after disappearing in the 1980s, but had in fact been purchased by Malcom Saul, vintage vehicle... read the full story

The Gwili Railway at Bronwydd Arms
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:53

The resurfacing work was an important step towards the railway’s long-awaited extension two miles south to Abergwili Junction in Carmarthen. The extension will bring a round trip on the railway to nine miles.

The railway explained the reason for the upgrade in a blog post: "We noticed that the rails were starting to dip quite badly when a train passed over the road, and potholes kept appearing over the... read the full story

Steam locomotive at Port Erin Station
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:56

The incident occurred on April 18 at Port Erin railway station when workers were preparing engines for the day’s service.
Henry Messenger, a 68-year-old trainee guard from Peel, suffered serious injuries to his leg after his foot caught between a carriage and the platform, dragging him for 60 yards as the train was shunted along the platform.

Mr Messenger, who is undergoing treatment at Liverpool hospital, told ... read the full story

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railways' Pullman observation car 150. Photo: Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railway website
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:22

Made up of a £250,000 Pullman observation car 150 and four standard class super saloons, the train will operate on a 40-mile route from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon. It will eventually consist of ten carriages, each carrying a £100,000 price tag.

The yet-to-be-named Pullman observation car was built entirely in-house and is an updated version of Glaslyn, one of the Welsh Highlands Railway’s Pullman cars named by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010.

In a statement on... read the full story

Replica Lewin 0-6-0T locomotive at Beamish
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 11:33

‘Samson’ began running and commissioning trials on April 25, more than three years after the project was launched.

The new-build locomotive is a flagship project at Beamish’s developing Regional Heritage Engineering Centre and is destined for use on the 2ft industrial rail system being developed around Beamish’s colliery area.

In a web update, museum spokesman Paul Jarman wrote: “Having... read the full story

Kirsty Emmins and her two sons with South Devon Railway Trust director Neil Smith and John Keohane
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 11:21

Kirsty Emmins launched a Just Giving campaign after learning offenders had broken into a buffet coach, stealing goods and damaging the interior.

The incident, which occurred overnight on March 29, carried a £400 repair bill and devastated the railway’s volunteer base.

But locals rallied around the mother-of-two’s campaign, exceeding her target by almost £100 in less than a month.

“I was dismayed and... read the full story

Pwllheli - Bangor train entering Afon Wen station, 1962
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 11:56

Campaign group Traws Link Cymru are pushing to reinstate rail links between Afon Wen, near Pwllheli on the Cambrian Coast line via Caernarfon to Bangor, and from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth to create a rail corridor along the west coast.

The Welsh railway franchise will be devolved from next year.

The group has met with politicians and is working on a study to identify potential engineering solutions and costs.

They have also won the backing of Plaid Cymru councillor... read the full story

Brockford Station at the MSLR Museum, where the new workshop will be constructed
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 11:26

Suffolk’s only standard gauge steam railway affectionately known as the ‘Middy’ was awarded a £64,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the project last month.

The workshop, which will be sited at the railway’s headquarters at Brockford station, will take the form of an Edwardian-style engine shed to house historic railway equipment and deliver learning activities.

The start of work on the new building was launched by Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter, who... read the full story

Artist's impression of the ASH Exhibition Hall. Image: Matthew Cousins / Bluebell Railway website
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 11:15

The railway is aiming to raise £210,000 towards the conversion of its running shed at Sheffield Park into an exhibition hall and to build a new maintenance facility over the wash-out pit and adjacent siding in the loco yard.

The appeal is to match a £840,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is still under review.

Plans include provision for footplate access by both pedestrians and wheelchair users to static locos, an exhibition of how steam engines work and a... read the full story

Steam locomotive 'The Union of South Africa' on the new Borders Railway last year.© Walter Baxter - Creative Commons
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 11:35

A group aiming to maximise the benefits of the railway for local businesses has confirmed plans to repeat last year’s highly successful steam trips between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.
Sam Smith, a spokesman for the group that drew up the Borders Railway Blueprint, described the railway as a “game-changer for tourism.”
“Very creatively, local businesses and visitor attractions offered add-on... read the full story