January 2017

Flying Scotsman in Wartime Livery, Bury Bolton Street Station
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:46

This is the highest number of visitors the railway has received since its re-opening in 1987, and a 25% increase in visitors compared with the 2015 season. 

ELR was originally aiming to achieve “200,000 visitors in 2020”, but has managed to hit this target four years early. These latest figures now put the heritage railway in second place out of the most popular paid-for attractions in Greater Manchester, with the number one spot being held by Coronatio

New events at the... read the full story

Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns ‘Ugly’ 0-6-0ST No. 62 at Eridge Station
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Editorial
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:55

The three and a half mile line to Groombridge Station was reinstated back in August of 1997.

To kickstart these celebrations the railway will host its annual spring steam gala on April 22nd and 23rd, with industrial steam being the focus of the weekend.

Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns ‘Ugly’ 0-6-0ST No. 62, an industrial loco originally designed to work heavy iron ore trains from the pit to the national network, will be headlining the event. Built in 1950 for Stewarts &... read the full story

Criminal Damage to stock and premises
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Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 15:58

A forced entry was made to the main booking office, and all rooms were then accessed. The intruders also broke into the train which was stabled in the platform, targeting the buffet car and forcing entry into the buffet area, and a number of train windows were also smashed in the coaches, one of which dates back to the 1930's, so a very historic vehicle.

The vandals targeted the South Devon Railway at 5.00 in the morning on Friday 20th January, which does have a CCTV system in place,... read the full story

Stanier Class 5 No. 45212 runs round it's train at Oxenhope on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
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Editorial
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 14:48

The three day festival takes place on March 3-5 at the famous West Yorkshire heritage railway, and looks to be an action-packed event with so many engines running up and down the historical 5-mile-long branch line.

Technically there will only be three guest locomotives, but the fourth comes in the form of Black Five No. 45212 which, since its return to the tracks last Autumn after a restoration, has been under the occupancy of Ian Riley Engineering for the course of its mainline tour... read the full story

BR class 9F No. 92214
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Editorial
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 12:38

Loughborough-based ‘9F’ No. 92214 is the third and final visitor announced for the gala which takes place on March 17-19, and features two other guest engines.

No. 92214 will be running alongside Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T No. 41312, which is visiting courtesy of the Mid-Hants Railway, and will be its first visit to Severn Valley in over 16 years.

The remaining guest loco comes in the shape of ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34081 92 Squadron which will be running alongside rebuilt classmate... read the full story

SVR Diesel rolling stock
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Editorial
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 16:03

The depot features two inspection pits, lifting jacks and a ten-tonne overhead travelling crane to preserve the railway’s 20 diesel locomotives, all of which are more than 50 years old, with three even older than the railway’s newest steam locomotives.

SVR General Manager Nick Ralls said, ‘We’re delighted that our £800,000 investment in creating the best-equipped diesel maintenance facility in the UK heritage railway movement has been recognised by the industry.  Although we’re best... read the full story

LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman at NRM
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Editorial
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:47

Steam rides and footplate experiences will be the highlight of the week, which will run from February 18 - 26 where museum visitors will be able to either ride behind the iconic Flying Scotsman locomotive, or for the most dedicated fans, a chance to ride along in the cab with the driver.
 
This will be a warmup for the Scotsman after its short winter hiatus, before it starts the 2017 season on the mainline up and down the country. 60103 will be visiting the... read the full story

USA Class S160 No 5197
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Editorial
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:43

Services will be operating between Froghall and Leekbrook and up on to the steeply graded Cauldon Lowe branch to Ipstones Loop and  will offer visitors one of the steepest of climbs for locomotives on any heritage railway in the UK.

The gala will also celebrate the railway's 25th anniversary year, having been formed back in October 1992 and see the return to service of USATC S160 no. 5197 following a 7-year overhaul. Engine No. 5197 will be joining sister loco 6046 - meaning this will... read the full story

LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 'Tornado'
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Editorial
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 11:51

This will be the first time timetabled ordinary main line passenger steam trains run in England for 50 years, the result of a heritage industry alliance, formed to help revive the economic fortunes of the S&C line as well as the towns and villages surrounding it.

The collaboration which has made the event possible comprises of Northern, Network Rail, DB Cargo, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and Friends of the S&C, together with RAIL and Steam Railway, who came up with the... read the full story

Ribblehead Viaduct - Settle to Carlisle line
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Editorial
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 16:45

The railtour will be part of an official reopening after a 500,000 tonne landslip closed a section of the line at Armathwaite, North of Appleby, over a year ago and will  tie-in with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway's Scotsman event. 

No. 60103 will leave Oxenhope station on the K&WVR line to travel towards the Settle to Carlisle line. Once the locomotive has left the Worth Valley branch line it will join the mainline and passengers will travel the Settle-Carlisle line,... read the full story

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