August 2016

Great Western Manor Class No.7822 "Foxcote Manor"
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 15:43

The Annual Autumn Steam Gala will be held from Friday September 30th until Sunday 2nd of October and NYMR have confirmed which locomotives will be in steam over the weekend. In total, eight different locomotives will be running over the weekend. NYMRs home fleet for the weekend consists of two “Black Five” class locomotives, 45428 Eric Treacy and 44806 alongside “Standard 4” class 76079 and “B1” class 61264. 44806 and 61264 have recently returned to running at the NYMR after long overhauls... read the full story

British Rail Standard Four No.75079 locomotive
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Friday, August 26, 2016 - 15:41

A fundraising walk will take place on November 12 between 10am and 11am to try and gain sponsors and help with the restoration project. The walk has been named 

'Over the Alps XXVI', a jokey reference  to the relatively steep inclines on the railway, which British Rail closed in 1973.

The partly restored 75079 was aquired by the Railway and although much work had already been done on the restoration, a lot more is needed with the... read the full story

Moors Valley Railway
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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 15:54

Located in the Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset, the railway is the south's longest fully signalled narrow gauge 7¾ steam railway and launched in 1986 when the first train pulled out of Kingsmere station.

The weekend will see a minimum of ten resident engines in steam as well as four visiting locomotives from across the country.

Visitors will be free to view the engine and carriage sheds, goods yard and Kingsmere station not to mention travelling on special service trains... read the full story

LNER B1 4-6-0 locomotive 61264
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:04

The third locomotive to make it out of the ever-busy Motive Power Depot was BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T No. 80136, which was back running on the tracks for the first time on Tuesday 23rd August.

This significant progress at the railway follows the return to steam of two more locomotives that have been out of action for around eighteen months each. No. 44806, a “Black Five” locomotive built in 1944, needed a new tender and general overhaul of running gear which was completed, before her... read the full story

 No.2 'Dolgoch' Running around the train, at Nant Gwernol - She will be running 3 services from Tywyn Wharf this saturday.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:12

The event will have trains departing from Tywyn Wharf Station up until 11pm, letting visitors enjoy the narrow gauge railway as dusk settles into the evening and offering a new experience other than the usual day time steam event.

The event coincides with The Abergynolwyn Show and will see trains running between Tywyn and Nant Gwernol with special viewpoints and attractions along the way, such as the magical fairy-... read the full story

Parkend Station on the Dean Forest Railway
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Editorial
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 11:11

The plans, which would extend the line from the terminus at Parkend through the Forest of Dean to Cinderford, already have the backing of the local council and provisional support from the Forestry Commission, which is aiming to increase tourism to the area.

The new section would include a station, using recently salavaged buildings made of Forest stone and would terminate close to Valley Road in Cinderford as the original station site is no longer available.

DFR’s director of... read the full story

No.5521, pre-paint job, at Didcot on 4 May 2010. Photo: Tony Hisgett of Birmingham.  It is reproduced here, cropped and scaled, under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.
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Editorial
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 15:36

The October 15-16 event will send the 4575 Class engine off in style as it heads into the workshop for its 10-year overhaul. It will also see the Flour Mill workshops open to the public on October 16 for only the second time in 10 years.

No. 5521 will be joined by Dean Forest’s own Small Prairie No. 5541, which returned to service two years ago.
 
Bill Parker from the Flour Mill Workshop said: “5541 is one of the least-travelled prairies, and L.150 is far and away the most... read the full story

No. 34028 Eddystone arrives at South Devon Railway. Photo: SDR
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Monday, August 15, 2016 - 16:41

The railway gained a reputation as an expert in Bulleid boiler repairs after completing groundbreaking work on No. 34027 Taw Valley in 2013, prompting several Bulleid owning groups partnered to commission work in order to gain economies of scale.

No. 34027 comprehensive rebuild required a new front tubeplate, new front half of the boiler barrel, a new outer firebox (including backhead), new foundation ring channels, a complete new inner firebox and two new thermic syphons.... read the full story

PTR Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 813 at Bewdley in 2004
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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:25

The 116-year-old locomotive returns from a six-year restoration at Bridgenorth Loco Works, turning its wheels for the first time on August 9.
 
Following a successful steam test, the locomotive has started running in and is scheduled to make a full return to service at Severn Valley’s Season Finale Gala on November 4th to 6th.

One of nine saddle tanks built by Hudswell Clarke for the Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company, No. 813 entered service in 1901 as No. 26.... read the full story

Stockton & Darlington Railway toasts anniversary
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 11:57

The National Railway Museum will host an afternoon of entertainment and heritage events on September 27 to commemorate the line, which was the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives.
 
Opened in 1825, the S&DR’s first line connected collieries near Shildon with Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington. As coal exports grew, the line was soon extended to a new port and town at Middlesborough. The railway was taken over by the North Eastern Railway in 1963, but continued... read the full story

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