June 2016

Locomotive, V CLASS 4-4-0 No 85 Merlin
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:43

Locomotive, V CLASS 4-4-0 No 85 Merlin took her to Bellarena, a small village in County Londonderry. The Merlin is one of five locomotives built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester in 1932 for the Great Northern Railway.

The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh; they boarded the train at Coleraine station and travelled along the picturesque coastline on its 30 minute journey before arriving to open the new platform at Bellarena station at around 3pm.

Noel Playfair was... read the full story

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 15:33

The train passed a stop signal without the driver having authority to do so after a safety system that automatically applies an emergency brake was deliberately disabled.
The steam train driver was 67-year-old Melvyn Cox from Dorset pleaded guilty to two charges and has been given a four month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and also ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work.  His employer ‘The West Coast Railway Company (WCRC)’ admitted two charges under the Health and... read the full story

60163 Tornado Private Charter Cathedrals Express
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:31

The two famous Pacifics will be paired up for the first time ever at the September event, which will replace SVR’s traditional Autumn Steam Gala.
Both engines are scheduled to operate two return services per day over the five day event, which kicks off on September 22.

The first Flying Scotsman service will depart Kidderminster at 8.00am, stopping at Bewdley, Arley, Highley and Hampton Loade before pulling into Bridgenorth at 8.55am.

Tornado will... read the full story

Metropolitan Railway No. 1 0-4-4T E-Class - one of three rare engines to be hosted at the gala
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 11:46

The Flour Mill is not usually open to the public but they will get rare opportunity to visit July 1st-3rd. Owner Bill Parker will also run 3 of their restorations on the Dean Forest Railway on the first 2 weekends in July.

The engines joining the regular service on the railway will be Metropolitan Railway E Class 0-4-4T No. 1, the A class loco that is famous for returning steam to the London Underground on the 150 year anniversary since it opened. The National Railway Museum owned... read the full story

 Railway preservation site, Kirkland Yard, Leven
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 12:43

The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society arrived at Burmill Industrial Estate, a former railway marshalling yard in 2003. The then empty site is now filled with around 15 dedicated unpaid volunteers working hard on the restoration projects on site.

They have built half a mile of track plus substantial sidings. There restoration work is conducted in the well-equipped “Colin Munro” shed.

The groups first steam locomotive is No 10 A.Barclay & Sons 0-4-0ST works no... read the full story

LMS Princess Royal Class No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 11:33

The locomotive will also be stopping to pick up passengers Southend, Hockley and Wickford before heading to its destination. She will be diesel hauled as far as London, where she will be replaced by a steam locomotive for the remainder of the journey.

Chairman of Steam Dreams, Marcus Robertson, told the Echo: “With a choice of two fabulous destinations to choose from, it promises to be a perfect summer’s day out for the whole family.”

The train was named Princess Elizabeth... read the full story

69621 at Holt Station - North Norfolk Railway
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:45

The railway will be offering either a lunchtime or evening trip on board the North Norfolkman Dining Train. The service will begin at Sheringham Station, it will then cross the old Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN) line, travelling down the mainline along the North Norfolk coastline. It will then pass through West Runton before reaching its destination at Cromer.

Railway general manager Trevor Eady told the... read the full story

‘Pedemoura’ hauls first train on Leighton Buzzard Light Railway
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:29

The Orenstein & Koppel-built 0-6-0WT well tank spent its working life in the Douro Valley coal mines in northern Portugal, but has not hauled a train since the colliery closed in the mid-1960s.
That all changed on June 20 as “Pedemoura” hauled several carriages on a return trip to Leedon and a round trip to Stonehenge.

The locomotive was shipped to the UK in the 1970s for preservation, but received only minor attention until it was bought by a consortium of Leighton Buzzard... read the full story

Train through the Peruvian Andes
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 14:42

The Belmond Explorer is launching in May 2017 and will offer its guests true luxury train travel whilst traveling across beautiful landscapes and exploring ancient kingdoms.

Ticket prices start at £323 per person, per night, accommodation options include bunk beds, twin, double or suite and all include an en-suite toilet and shower. The train has 34 bedrooms in total.

There is cocktail bar on board and an open air observation deck at the back of the train allowing guests to... read the full story

Broadway - trains will be rolling into these platforms in 2018 providing the £1.25m 'Broadway: the last mile' share issue achieves its target.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 11:07

Donations have flooded in towards the £1.25 million scheme to connect Broadway to Cheltenham by rail for the first time in more than 50 years.

The share issue, launched by record producer and SWSR president Pete Waterman on April 6, would pay for the construction of Broadway station, as well as one mile of track laying from Little Buckland to Broadway.

After 30 years of campaigning, the... read the full story