February 2017

Locomotive 'Alice'on the Bala Lake Railway
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 15:01

The Trust announced on February 17th that the exchange of contracts took place for the first plot of land where the new Bala Town station is to be constructed. The Trust's chairman Julian Birley commented: 

"Securing the first piece of land for the new Bala Town station is a hugely significant step towards the construction of the extension of the Bala Lake Railway. The land has been paid for by the very generous donations of our supporters across the UK, showing... read the full story

BR Standard 4 2-6-0 No. 76084
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Editorial
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:47

The 100-tonne, 18m long engine left Preston, stopping in Wigan before heading to Manchester Victoria, Stockport, Buxton and Sheffield before returning via Blackburn.

A once forgotten relic of the steam days, the Standard Four No. 76084 engine was nearly scrapped after being made obsolete by the newer diesel engines of the time.

A £750,000 volunteer restoration project was made possible when the engine was rescued in 1982 from the scrap yard and bought by a preservationist for £... read the full story

No .60163 'Tornado'
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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:36

The A1 Peppercorn Pacific recently hauled the first timetabled main line steam services for nearly fifty years over the Settle & Carlisle route on February 14-16, hauling over 5,500 passengers.

Tornado will be the main feature of the weekend event and visitors will have an opportunity to get up close to the engine with tickets available for a footplate experience.

During its visit, 60163 will also haul the NVR's ‘Jolly Fisherman’ fish and chips dining... read the full story

No.1982 ‘Ring Haw’
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:00

Built in 1932 No.1982 ‘Ring Haw’ will come to Spa Valley on loan from 22nd May to the end of October 2017. Usually based at the North Norfolk Railway this is the locomotive’s first visit to the South East of England.
The loco, which is visiting to assist in the operation of the railway, will also feature alongside residents RSH No.62 UGLY and Vuclan Austerity No.72 at the railway’s 2nd Summer Steam Festival taking place over the 1st & 2nd July.

The Steam Festival brings... read the full story

Llangollen Railway Station
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Editorial
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:32
The March 3rd -5th weekend celebrates the 50th anniversary of two significant events: the last steam-hauled ‘Cambrian Coast Express’ and 50 years since the last through working from London Paddington to Birkenhead (Woodside). Work is underway to make the gala one of the most historically accurate and authentic steam events achieved at Llangollen, with cameos, displays and recreations expected to take place.

Featuring an intensive timetable of both... read the full story

Bakewell Station on the Buxton to Matlock line - 23rd June 1961
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Editorial
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:12

The petition which can be found on www.change.org has amassed over 6,000 signatures so far and campaigners are hoping that with enough names, the Department for... read the full story

60163 Tornado on a previous crossing of the Ribblehead VIaduct
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Editorial
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:09

Northern Railway took its customers to a bygone age by replacing regular timetabled services with a steam service – hauled by the A1 locomotive 60163 'Tornado'.

This was the first time a timetabled ordinary main-line passenger steam train has run in England for 50 years. The event was 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 event also marked the build up to the... read the full story

No. 5786 on the South Devon Railway
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Editorial
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 14:40

The SDR has had a bumper twelve months by carrying off ten top tourism and leisure awards so far, and has also been nominated for a national Visit England award to be announced in April this year, bringing the possible tally to eleven awards.

Winning this broad range of both regional and national awards is a record haul for the seven-mile, former GWR heritage steam railway running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. The SDR’s previous record awards haul was seven in 2014.

Tthe... read the full story

Eden Brows landslip
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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 14:23

The news follows this week's successful running of the first scheduled steam timetable in 50 years featuring the 60163 'Tornado'.

In February last year around 500,000 tonnes of earth gave way after the flooding in Cumbria throughout the winter of 2015/16. The land slip caused the ground below the railway to slip 2.5 metres below its normal level during the weeks that followed.
Engineers have undertaken a £23 million project which involves driving two rows of high-strength piles... read the full story

No. 30075
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Editorial
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 14:47

The Project 62 group, a non-profit organisation, transported two USA-class tanks last year to Shillingstone station in North Dorset to undergo restoration work.

The two engines were built to a World War II design used by the United States Army Transportation Corps and were constructed in the 1960s for industrial use in steel works in the former Yugoslavia. Many of the locomotives were made redundant after only 25,000 miles in service, and one of these examples were transported from... read the full story

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