January 2017

No. 34053 Sir Keith Park will also visit the line
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 12:03

The line-up for the ‘Strictly Bulleid’ gala event is beginning to take shape and following the announcement that ‘West Country’ No. 34046 Braunton is to attend (in the guise of ‘BB’ classmate and 1967 survivor No. 34052 Lord Dowding) it has been revealed that No. 34053 Sir Keith Park will also visit the line.

The third Bulleid guest to attend will be West Country Class 34092 City of Wells, which will support the guest locomotives as well as Swanage Railway’s home fleet of Bulleid... read the full story

4472 coasts downhill at Langwathby with the "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:48

More than three quarters of the allocated tickets for the event have been sold for the nine-day Scotsman appearance, running from March 31 until April 9.

Organisers have been busy creating a timetable of rides for people wanting an experience aboard the historic engine. Flying Scotsman will be in steam and on display at Ingrow West between 8.30am and 6pm and hauling passenger trains between Keighley and Oxenhope each day. The railway is hoping to arrange five or six round trips per... read the full story

Historic diesel locomotive built by the Motor Rail & Tramcar Company Ltd
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 14:28
When complete, loco 1320 will form an interesting contract with another 40HP Motor Rail locomotive in the collection – no.1369, which is still in “military specification” condition.

It is planned to complete during 2017, which will allow the locomotive to be demonstrated at the Moseley Railway Trust’s 2018 Tracks to the Trenches event, which will take place in July.

Phil Robinson, Chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust, said “We are really grateful to Arts Council England for... read the full story

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway near Greet Tunnel
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 14:19

This puts the GWR up in the rankings in terms of successful heritage railways in the country, and with ambitious expansion plans under way, visitor numbers are likely to increase in coming years.

The railway, which carries passengers over its scenic 12-mile route through the Cotswolds, boasted a 13 percent increase over its 2015 figure of 88,500 visitors, which itself was a record.

Spokesman Ian Crowder puts some of this rise down to the increased number of days on which GWSR... read the full story

Gresley B17/2 'Sandringham' class 4-6-0
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 15:08

The project, which is being taken on by the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, will see a working model of a Sandringham engine built a full 60 years since the last one was taken out of action on Essex's rail network.

The scheme is expected to take at least a decade and cost around £2.5 million to complete. Last year the Trust paid for the locomotive’s nameplate 'Spirit of Sandringham', named after the class type, following approval from the Queen. 

The LNER... read the full story

 92 - Leaving Wansford Tunnel for Yarwell - March 2000
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 11:18

After four decades of railway preservation, members of the NVR have put together a year long program of events to offer everybody the chance to celebrate this special year.

The first confirmed special event will be held on the 25th and 26th February, marking the withdrawal from service of the Bulleid designed express passenger locomotives.

Two of these large Locomotives will be coming together for the first time, The first being '92 Squadron' which is fresh from an extended... read the full story

 LNER 4472 "Flying Scotsman"
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 17:42

Organisers revealed last November that Scotsman would visit three heritage railways as part of its 2017 tour but new dates and destinations will give enthusiasts a chance to see or board the loco more locally. 

Since its return to the tracks after a decade-long £4.2 million restoration, Scotsman’s popularity has grown rapidly with tickets selling outquickly. Severn Valley Railway's Pacific Power event last year, which saw Tornado 60163 meet Flying Scotman for the first time, proved to... read the full story