October 2016

Artist's impression of winning design for railway museum
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 15:29

Architects WilkinsonEyre's submission was chosen from a shortlist of six candidates following extensive public consultation. The design will see three two-storey exhibition halls constructed alongside Leicester North station.

The new museum will be a partnership between the Great Central Railway, Leicester City Council and the National Railway Museum and will be part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The estimated cost for the museum is £18m, with £10m of... read the full story

LMS Sentinel 7109 'Joyce'
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 17:10

The Sentinel engine arrived at Midsomer Norton Station 12 years ago and is now ready to return to the tracks and pull trains once again thanks to the hard work by volunteers at Midsomer Norton Charity.

This will be the first time the Sentinel Steam locomotive has been restored for passenger trains after her official naming ceremony by TV's Paul Atterbury earlier in the year.

Sentinel No.7109 named 'Joyce' was originally used for shunting coal wagons on the colliery branchlines... read the full story

The first official painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales by Jonathan Clay
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:50

The plans were announced at the trust’s annual convention earlier this month, as well as a statement of intention to perform 90mph test runs with its first new-build, ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado, during the middle of 2017. 

The original ‘V4’ design was started in 1939 and was intended to replace the ageing  ‘K2’ 2-6-0s, introduced in 1914. Only two ‘V4s’ were ever built and only one received a name – No. 3401 Bantam Cock whilst No. 3402 was unofficially known as ‘Bantam Hen’.  These two... read the full story

Model Railway Layout
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 13:47

Leading manufacturer Hornby told retailers in early October that the wholesale prices for many of its trains and stock would rise by an average of 10%.

The company has been manufacturing its models in China for more than 20 years. So, due to the nature of its outsourcing, the firm's international trading is denominated in US dollars, so sterling's 17% slide against the dollar since 23 June means that UK prices must inevitably rise.

As well as Hornby, the... read the full story

K1 2-6-0 62005 - one of the NELPGs loco fleet
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 14:49

The NELPG was formed in 1966 with the intention of preserving some of the steam locomotives still working in the North East of England. In less than 18 months a growing band of volunteers had raised sufficient funds to purchase two heavy freight locomotives - the J27 0-6-0 65894 and Q6 0-8-0 63395. Both of these locomotives were subsequently overhauled and transferred to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the early 1970s.

In 1972 the group acquired another locomotive from the North... read the full story

LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 'Tornado'
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 16:00

The season finale gala will see Home-based tank engines and visiting locomotives taking centre stage on November 4th, 5th & 6th at the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster.

The final visiting engine for the gala has now been announced and it's none other than the return of LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 'Tornado'.  Tornado was last at SVR for their 'Pacific Power' event which saw 60163 as one of the main stars, alongside the iconic Flying Scotsman locomotive, together for the... read the full story

LNER B12 No.8572
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 15:28

*Edited* - Bluebell Railway has now confirmed LMS 8F No.48624 as its additional visiting loco!

Aside from the Christmas events, this will conclude the 2016 season of steam galas at Bluebell until next year and promises to go out with a bang, with a variety of visitor and resident locomotives hosting the event.

The Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, via Horsted Keynes and Kingscote, heritage line will be running an extensive train service through the... read the full story

46100 'Royal Scot' will be headlining the Gala event
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:51

The three day event promises to be an action packed one, with six running locomotives on the timetable, including three visiting guest engines!

The class leader LMS No. 46100 Royal Scot, S&DJR 7F No. 53809 and Severn Valley Railway’s Ivatt 2-6-0 No. 43106 a.k.a. ‘The Flying Pig’ will make up the lineup of guest locos for the weekend, with Mid-Hants homefleet being drawn from LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 45379, BR 9F No. 92212 and LMS Ivatt 2MT No. 41312.

As well as the brilliant... read the full story

National Railway Museum - 60103
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 11:33

The iconic engine is hauling a heritage excursion train from to York via Settle, Skipton, Keighley, Leeds and Castleford - a journey which includes a crossing of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

During its journey, chartered by heritage travel company West Coast Railways, the loco will be stopping at Leeds Station to let other, faster passenger trains pass. Scotsman is expected to arrive at Whitehall Junction from Kirkstall Forge, to the south of the station, at 4.17pm. The loco will... read the full story

Train on Hythe Pier Railway, Hampshire
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 12:51

Maggie Blight, an administrator from Hythe set up the campaign last week along with a number of commuters, residents and competing boat operators who have rallied round to show their support to rescue the service.

Ferry operators Red Funnel and Blue Funnel have expressed their interests in the ferry route itself, but are reluctant to take on the expensive upkeep of the pier and its railway service.

The pier was opened in 1881 and the pier train is in the Guinness Book of... read the full story