September 2016

 Princess Elizabeth at Swanage Railway 28/09/16
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Editorial
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:02

Built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company at Crewe during 1933 for hauling prestigious express trains, the iconic 160-ton No. 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' made history by being the largest steam locomotive to visit the Swanage Railway.

The powerful steam locomotive still holds a world record speed record for a steam locomotive that was set in 1936 when it ran at more than 70 mph on the west coast main line between London and Glasgow.

Crowds... read the full story

Temporary Terminus Dwyrain Corwen East on the Llangollen Railway
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Editorial
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 14:25

A new access road has been created for Welsh Water to allow for the infilling of the breach in the railway embankment at the eastern end and for the eventual extension of the rail head from the temporary Dwyrain Corwen East platform.

The new central station will replace the Corwen East station as the town’s terminus and will provide immediate access off the platform into the car park and a bus interchange, just a short walk to Corwen’s shops. The work so far represents an investment... read the full story

Sr Jose Galaz unveils the nameplate, watched by Driver Martin Shepherd
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Editorial
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:58

Sr Jose Galaz, Attache for Social Affairs and Transport at the Portuguese Embassy in London, unveiled her nameplate and joined many of those who have worked on her restoration for a trip down the line.

Built in 1924 by Orenstein & Koppel (O&K) in Berlin, ‘Pedemoura’ (or ‘Ped’ to her friends) was built for the Pedorido coal mine in the Douro valley in Northern Portugal.

In 1975 the up-coming Welsh Highland Railway bought it for their revived railway at Porthmadog. Here... read the full story

Peckett 0-4-0ST 'Kilmersdon' coupled to S&DJR 4-wheeled First Class Carriage No. 4
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Editorial
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 13:03

The coach was originally restored and put back on the rails back in 2013, but has now been fully restored inside-out in its resplendent S&D lined-out Prussian blue livery

The Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway's coach number 4 was originally built in Highbridge in 1886 and was in use at a Somerset coal mine for over 40 years until 1929 when it was taken out of use. The body was then transported to Templecombe where it was used as a cricket pavilion for over half a century before... read the full story

Isle of Man Railway
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Editorial
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 17:34

The railway have made the decision due to only one of their locomotives currently being operational, with the rest having failed recently and needing extensive repairs. Director of Transport Services Ian Longworth has apologised to passengers for the situation.

The revised schedule will be implemented from today (22 September) and is expected to run until 6 November. At this time of year the Railway would normally be running up to four return services in the Port Erin line, but the... read the full story

Blaenau Ffestiniog Station
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Editorial
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:18

The Trawsfynydd & Blaenau Ffestiniog Community Railway Company, along with a team of volunteers and investors, will be given the job of planning and carrying out the work to get the line up to working order. A team of volunteers will start work this weekend on clearing the vegetation from the trackbed to Trawsfynydd.

The former line from Blaenau Ffestiniog station to Trawsfynydd has not seen a revenue earning service for 20 years, since trains used to run to... read the full story

Great Central Railway
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Editorial
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 13:53

A deal has been made to secure land for the new heritage railway museum in Leicester.  The land which is currently on lease to a local allotment society is to be returned to the city council in exchange for a £310,000 package of improvements. The will include new access road, improved road surfaces throughout the site, new fencing and improved security as well as a brand new plot which will be cleared for the society.

The new attraction, “Main Line” will see iconic locomotives on... read the full story

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum
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Editorial
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 14:36

The meeting, held by Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford Parish Council, discussed various aspects of the MSLR's proposal for extending part of a line on its museum site at Brockford Station in Wetheringsett.

Having originally approved the recommendation, members of the parish recommended refusal of the application after extra information came to light. The parish council  said that its members had a number of concerns of the loss of amenity to the neighbouring property Potash Cottage, in... read the full story

Rainhill Trials from the Illustrated London News. In the foreground is Rocket and in the background are Sans Pareil (right) and Novelty.
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Editorial
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 16:58

The site has been recognised alongside other international iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Rainhill Trials were an important competition in the early days of steam locomotive railways, run in October 1829 for the nearly completed Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Five engines competed, running back and forth along a mile length of level track at Rainhill, in Lancashire (now Merseyside).

Stephenson's Rocket was the only locomotive to... read the full story

Flying Scotsman fans urged to stay safe as the tour visits the West Midlands
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Editorial
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:54

As well as the danger from passing trains, the railway poses many threats to the safety and anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the iconic train should only do so from a safe and a publicly accessible area.

Flying Scotsman returned to the East Coast Main Line, an electrified line, after a 10-year, £4.2million refurbishment by the National Railway Museum in February with an inaugural journey from London King’s Cross to York which was greeted by thousands of people lining the route.... read the full story

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