December 2016

No.2 'Dolgoch'
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 11:43

The landmark journey, composed of carriages which formed part of the original inaugural train, carried members of Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society and guests through Tywyn Wharf and Abergynolwyn stations. It included a special stop at Pendre station, one of the original stops at the time.

Society chairman Ian Drummond said: “The 150th anniversary events have been a great success for the railway, and in many cases have broken new ground in terms of what we can achieve.”

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4472 Flying Scotsman at Steamtown Railway Museum, Carnforth
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 12:28

The historical site is described as having a 'remarkably intact' collection of railway buildings including a steam-age engine shed which was the last in the UK to close to steam locomotives. There is also a 1930s concrete ash plant and a coaling plant built to modernise the depot. These 1930s structures are said to be unique in Britain and are listed at Grade II, however the constructions are in need of serious attention to address their current condition. 

Developed in 1944 on the... read the full story

Picton locomotive behind Moor Road station
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 14:53

The rare Picton model loco has been in the care of the Middleton Railway Trust for more than a decade, after an epic voyage from its former home at a sugar mill in Trinidad. 

The locomotive is in great need of conservation work and a shelter in which it can be preserved, but a new milestone was reached yesterday when the engine was transported to a new section of track with the help of a 200-tonne crane.

A £70,650 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was... read the full story

Flying Scotsman pictured 2005 -before major overhaul
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 15:20

The iconic No. 60103 Flying Scotsman locomotive will be at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway as part of its 2017 tour from March 31 until April 9. 

K&WVR bosses have been busy organising timetable of rides for people wanting an experience aboard the historic engine. The railway is hoping to arrange five or six round trips per day during the locomotive's visit, which will only be available for passengers with pre-booked tickets. 

Ross Graham,... read the full story

W&LLR general manager Charles Spencer (right) and volunteers Dave Carmichael and Ian Sanders welcome the wagon to the railway.
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 14:28

The railway intends to put the wagon on display at Welshpool Raven Square station to demonstrate the transhipment of goods that took place between the railway and the main line in pre-preservation days.

Standard gauge wagons were once common beside (although not on) the W&LLR – at the interchange with the main line at Welshpool Station, the light railway had exchange sidings over which goods were transhipped... read the full story

Steam train approaching Staverton station on the South Devon Railway
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 14:26

The collection of regional and national awards is an impressive achievement for the largely volunteer-run seven-mile line, otherwise known as the former GWR branch. It also sets a new record for SDR, beating its previous record of seven awards in 2014.

The SDR’s latest achievement announced this week is a national ‘Interpretation’ award from the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) and Heritage Railway magazine for the line’s Totnes station. Created from a green-field site over 35 years... read the full story

Kent and East Sussex Railway - one of five railways to benefit from the project
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:55

Visit Kent was one of 17 winning bids and its Connecting Kent’s Heritage Railways project will receive funding worth £75,000.

The Department of Transport announced the winners of its Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition back in June this year, which aims to boost rail related tourism across the country.

Five preserved railways are to benefit from the project, which aims to boost the profile and passenger numbers of the Kent & East Sussex, Romney Hythe... read the full story

Penrhyn Quarry Railway
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 12:21
The PQR had previously raised £9000 towards their extension plan which now offers visitors rides on a section of restored railway  - approximately 0.3 km in length and referred to as phase one.

The railway introduced timetabled diesel and steam hauled trains for the first time earlier this year, another step towards evolving into a fully-fledged heritage railway.

The railway is now looking to raise another £5000 for a new station building and plans to build new platforms... read the full story

Colne Valley Railway train passes the water tower and signal box
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 17:51

The Colne Valley Railway Preservation Society has received a confirmed grant of £1,757,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its long term sustainability project titled 'All Aboard: Developing the Colne Valley Railway'. 

The money will go towards long term projects to improve visitor facilities as well as a new workshop that will become a centre of excellence for restoring historic railway carriages.

​Colne Valley Railway has faced years of uncertainty since the site was sold... read the full story

L&B Baldwin 2-4-2T No. 762 Lyn takes shape inside Alan Keef Ltd.
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:43

Crews at the 762 club have been busy resurrecting the Baldwin designed engine inside Alan Keef’s locomotive works in Ross-on-Wye, and have recently assembled a number of major components. 

The locomotive’s boiler, chimney, side tanks, cab, footplate and bunker were fitted to the rolling chassis, which was completed back in September, which saw the appearance of Lyn start to take shape. 

On November 23rd the boiler was successfully placed into the frames and the holding brackets... read the full story