November 2016

Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 15:53

The locomotive was purchased by the Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation Society back in 2010 from Mole Valley District Council for just £1, but the society is in urgent need of funding and volunteers to get the project underway.

3837 is the "Works number" given to this Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive built in 1934 in Tyneside for Stewarts and Lloyd Iron and Steel Works in Corby, Northamptonshire.

At the time 3837 was considered to be one of the most powerful engines... read the full story

Loco No.1 'Green Goddess' which de-railed in the incident
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 16:39

The incident happened when a tractor and trailer crossed a farm crossing used by the railway without seeing the oncoming train. The loco driver managed to brake and jump clear from the cab seconds before impact. He then checked everyone in the carriages - the first carriage having come off its rails slightly. Five people suffered minor injuries, including the driver.

The driver was lucky not to be crushed, as the engine turned over on its side and ploughed into the shingle track bed,... read the full story

BLW Post Office (London) Railway (Mail Rail) Car
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 15:49

The project is hoping to be ready to open by spring 2017 and will take visitors for the first time through the depths of a former railway that linked the west of the capital with the east.

The train ride will be part of a £26-million transformation of Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site near King’s Cross station as well as the conversion of the railway’s former maintenance and repair depot into an exhibition centre and the creation of a new postal museum.

Severn Lamb have supplied... read the full story

Flying Scotsman
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 14:54

The White Rose Award Judges said the event was “a dynamic and unique visitor experience, leaving a legacy for years to come. The event offered old and new generations a rare opportunity to see and ride behind the world’s most famous engine, bringing this national treasure back to Britain’s tracks and back home to Yorkshire”.

The joint programme was a one-off event and has left a lasting legacy, not only for the two not-for-profit organisations involved, but for... read the full story

4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN at Steamtown Railway Museum
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 14:53

Scotsman returned to the tracks back in January of this year, after a decade-long £4.2 million restoration. The loco has toured up and down the country visiting heritage railways and taking passengers on luxury train journeys which have proven to be very successful. 

The famous locomotive’s first stop will be at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire where she will be a guest from April 1st - 9th. The loco will then move on to the Bluebell Railway in South West England... read the full story

Welsh Marches Express
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 16:13

Steam enthusiasts can catch a special double-header train this weekend when the Welsh Marches Express heads to Cardiff from Birmingham on Sunday.

The train will leave Birmingham international around 08:30am, with the route running through Worcestershire and the Malvern Hills to Hereford and then onwards along the Welsh Marches line to Newport and Cardiff.

The train will be steam hauled throughout by two Black 5 steam locomotives, numbers 44871 and 45407, with a diesel at the... read the full story

43106 on the Severn Valley Railway
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 14:27

The development project, which was recently given the all-clear by Shropshire council, is the biggest project the SVR has undertaken in its history and is expected to cost up to £5m.

It also received a healthy amount of media coverage throughout the launch on November 1st, and as a result early investment interest has been much higher than expected. The railway’s share offer team hit its 10% target just ten days into the campaign with investment figures reaching a quarter of a million... read the full story

 0-6-0PT Class 57xx No. 9682 at Chinnor station
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:25

The popular heritage railway was given just 10 days earlier this month by building materials company Cemex who own the land, which has now been extended whilst talks are underway.

Members of the charity behind the railway have slammed the company stating there was “no warning” of any legal action from the firm when they had met a few days prior to the notice being served.

Chairman of the C&PRR said that this legal action would threaten the railways winter season and affect... read the full story

Royal Scot No. 46100
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:35
Royal Scot, which was built in 1927, was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives, made by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. She was then rebuilt by British Railways in 1950 and went on to serve another 12 years in traffic on the West Coast Main Line; eventually retiring in October 1962.

After a major overhaul, Royal Scot returned to steam in September 2015 and made her successful main line debut on... read the full story

LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 14:26

The show will put viewers in the driving seat of the iconic locomotive on a journey from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster in the Midlands, cutting through scenic landscapes and giving a signal-by-signal guide to life on board the footplate.

'The Flying Scotsman' follows on from last year's BBC Four Goes Slow season which included 'The Canal', an uninterrupted canal boat journey down a historic British waterway. 

Cassian Harrison, channel editor says: “BBC Four offers viewers content... read the full story