May 2016

17 Simplex loco train
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 17:04

It’s been 100 years since the Motor Rail company started production of its Simplex locos in Bedford. By the end of the First World War over 800 had been made and this record breaking attempt was set up to coincide with this centenary.

Clifton Flewitt, Vice Chairman of the Heritage Railway Association in Ireland judged the new record. He confirmed that the locomotives did take the required trip down the tracks.

The train travelled from Stonehenge Works to Leedon Loop, after 0.... read the full story

Harringworth Viaduct
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 15:09

On Saturday the train will be leaving London Victoria Railway Station at around 06:35, it will pause its journey to pick passengers at St. Albans, Luton, Bedford, Kettering and Melton Mowbray, it will then be passing Corby railway before continuing on to its destination.

The leading engine will be hauling the ‘Yorkshireman’ train on its trip and will arrive in the Northern City in the early afternoon.

The No. 60103 will crossing the longest masonry viaduct in Britain at... read the full story

No. 60163 Tornado
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:55

Organised by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the Peppercorn class locomotive will depart from Kings Cross on June 4, picking up passengers at Potters Bar, Peterborough and York before travelling on to Scarborough.

The LNER-operated Scarborough Flyer service was launched in the summer of 1927 to capitalise on the growing popularity of trips to the seaside among city dwellers.

The train was usually hauled by a LNER Pacific on its express leg from Kings Cross to York, where a... read the full story

LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 17:09

The locomotive will be setting off on Sat 23rd July from their sixties-themed Shed Bash event at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

A prize draw is being launched Tuesday 31 May, all steam fans have to do is fill in their details here before 10am on Tuesday 14 June.

The National Railway Museum Director Paul Kirkman said:
“As so many heritage railways sold all their available Flying... read the full story

Flying Scotsman in its heydey, ready for its US tour
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:23

The National Railway Museum and publisher Haynes have joined forces to release a manual providing a unique perspective on maintaining, operating and restoring the class A1/A3 Pacific.

Author Philip Atkins told Get Reading: "Through working closely with the National Railway Museum on this manual, we’ve been able to access a wealth of fascinating photographs, drawings, diagrams... read the full story

No.34052 'Lord Dowding' hauling a charter
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 11:25

Operating under the guise of No. 34052 Lord Dowding to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Braunton was hauling a tour from London to Matlock on May 22, but ran out of steam at Stevenage station.

Stevenage’s Hugh Madgin, told The Comet: “It’s not often these days that a train fails at Stevenage owing... read the full story

Lancashire Fusilier at Burrs Country Park
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 16:54

Bury’s Council are hoping the opening of a station at the park will increase the number of visitors which is currently over 350,000 every year.

Hilary Marshall, chairman of Friends of Burrs Country Park told The Bury Times: “We are delighted to work with the East Lancashire Railway on the new station project and hope that the halt will encourage even more... read the full story

Swanage has won a £75,000 grant to help return their steam locomotives to the main line at Wareham
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 12:51

Seventeen rail-related projects have been awarded a share in £1 million aimed at encouraging overseas visitors to “enjoy the hidden gems” of the UK’s railways.

Swanage Railway and North Yorkshire Moors Railway are among the latest to be named recipients.

Swanage has won a £75,000 grant to help return their steam locomotives to the main line at Wareham. Trains haven’t been running from Swanage and Corfe Castle to the main line for 50 years.

The money will go towards... read the full story

Llanfair Caereinion terminus on the  narrow gauge Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 17:27

The £1 million Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition was set up to fund improvements to the accessibility of railways, which aren’t typically accessible for people with mobility issues.

To be considered for the grant, railways had to take part in a Dragon’s den style competition, pitching their ideas to a board against the 200 hopeful organisations who applied.

One of the winners is The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway who have been awarded a grant... read the full story

Extent of damage to the 1940s brake van
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:42

Volunteers at the railway, which runs between Brechin and Montrose on Scotland’s former Caledonian line, say they are “amazed” at the outpouring of generosity following the attack on a recently restored 1940s brake van.

Support has flooded in from local businesses and the community, who have raised £6,400 towards the rebuild costs, exceeding the original target of £5,000.

Sarah and Michelle from Strathmore Foods told the... read the full story