July 2016

East Lancashire Railway launches accessible carriage. Photo: ELR Facebook page
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:05

Volunteers worked for six months to convert a 1950s brake van to accommodate up to four wheelchair users with additional seating and standing room available for accompanying guests.
The carriage is one of three wheelchair accessible coaches to be rolled out at the Bury railway over the next few years.
ELR commercial director Richard Barnett told Bury Times that while the railway had always been wheelchair friendly, the carriage would enhance the experience for... read the full story

Steam locomotive 'The Union of South Africa' on the new Borders Railway last year.© Walter Baxter - Creative Commons
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:55

Railway tourism operator Steam Dreams will operate the services along the former Waverley route, following a successful 2015 season of sold out journeys.
More than 6,200 travelled on 17 steam-hauled journeys last year, drawing what some called ‘game changing’ numbers of tourists to the local economy.
The £294 million route opened in September last year, re-establishing a passenger service between Edinburgh and Tweedbank for the first time in more than 40 years.... read the full story

D6948 on a loaded test run earlier this month ahead of starring role in GWR Diesel Gala. Photo: Peter Smith/ GWR Facebook page
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:35

Starting July 29 the event will mark the return of D6948 to public service after overhaul. Locomotives from GWR’s home fleet of classes 20, 24, 26, 37, 45, 47 and 73 will also star, bringing the total number in operation to nine, plus a DMU.
D6948, an English Electric type 3 locomotive built at Newton-le-Willows in 1964, arrived at Toddington in 2010 and has undergone extensive refurbishment, including the provision of steam heating and fresh livery in BR green.
... read the full story

'Ugly' on the Spa Valley Railway. Photo: Spa Valley Railway Facebook page
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 10:32

The locomotive has been out of action for almost two years, having failed with leaking tubes in October 2014. Following a total re-tube of the boiler, ‘Ugly’ had a successful weekend in service at Tunbridge Wells on July 23 and 24.
Built in 1950 for Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd in Corby, Northamptonshire ‘Ugly’ was one of nine in its class known as ‘Uglies’ for their short saddle tank and large, raised firebox.
‘Uglies’ were designed to work heavy iron ore trains... read the full story

Flying Scotsman at Locomotion - The National Railway Museum, Shildon. Photo: NRM Facebook Page
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 16:21

The world’s most famous locomotive is starring in the museum’s 1960s themed ‘Shed Bash’ event until July 31.
More than 10,000 steam fans turned out for the event’s opening weekend, where A4 60009 Union of South Africa and V2 4771 Green Arrow also starred.
Scotsman has been attracting crowds all over the country after its return from a 10-year, £4.2 million overhaul in February this year.
The... read the full story

More Flying Scotsman trespassers caught on camera. Photo: British Transport Police
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 11:09

There have been ongoing reports of trespassers on the mainline as the famous locomotive continues its tour of the country, despite repeated warnings from police to steer clear of the tracks.

The pictures, taken by a passenger on Scotsman’s service between Bedford and Kettering on June 4, show people taking pictures and walking over the tracks at Wellingborough in Northampton.

The images have been... read the full story

Caledonian Railway. Photo: Caledonian Railway Facebook Page
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:59

Academics from the University of the West of Scotland will spend the next year investigating new opportunities for the heritage line to attract crowds during the colder months.

Siobhan Drummond, senior lecturer in Marketing, Events and Tourism at UWS said volunteer-run tourist attractions like CR needed additional resources and support to find ways to develop their services.

She told the... read the full story

Ex-Port Talbot Railway No. 813. Photo Severn Valley Railway Website
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:47

Severn Valley Railway has announced the timetable for its Season Finale Gala on November 4th, 5th and 6th, with visiting locomotives joining home fleet tank engines for an intensive service across the three days.

The event will see the first gala appearances made by GWR Pannier Tank No. 7714 and Port Talbot Railway Tank No. 813 following the completion of their overhauls at Bridgenorth.

The first services will depart Kidderminster at 8.40am on November 4 and 5 to complete the... read the full story

'Pedemoura' hauls first train in 50 years. Photo: Leighton Buzzard Light Railway
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:00

The Orenstein & Koppel-built 0-6-0WT tank spent its working life in the Douro Valley coal mines in northern Portugal, but had not hauled a train since the colliery closed in the mid-1960s.

After an 11-year overhaul undertaken by members of the Leighton Buzzard Railway, ‘Ped’ hauled her first train with fare-paying passengers on July 17.

LBR Vice President Alf Fisher said the locomotive would be an “an invaluable addition to the fleet.”

”‘Ped’ is a powerful machine,... read the full story

Deeping St James signal box before it was demolished. Photo: Copyright Richard Humphrey licensed for reuse under Creative Commons.
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 10:45

Network Rail demolished the box in 2014 to make was for electric crossing gates being rolled out across the network.
But residents were angered by the decision, arguing that the signal box, which was built in 1876, was an important part of the area’s heritage.
Volunteers launched a campaign to rebuild the box and turn it into a heritage centre, and it seems their efforts have paid off.
The group managed to secure a grant to purchase the land slightly... read the full story