April 2017

5572 at Didcot Railway Centre
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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 16:45

To celebrate this milestone, it will be hosting two visiting engines as well as offering the chance to get up close and personal with the centre's most prized engines including the 4144, 6023 King Edward II and Steam Railmotor 93.

The visiting engines for the weekend will be No.11 'The Wee Engine', coming from the East Anglian Railway Museum and 0-6-0 saddle tank No. 813 from the Severn Valley Railway. 

On Sunday, weather permitting, there will be a Spitfire and Hurricane... read the full story

Train at Snowdon summit
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:23

As the railway prepares for the summer season, steam and diesel engines are scheduled to recommence daily passenger services to the summit from Friday, April 28, weather permitting.

With trains returning to the peak, the summit building, Hafod Eryri, will also reopen for the summer. Managers on the heritage railway expect a further influx of passengers this spring wanting to experience the view from the summit, which was recently named the best in the UK.

Following a... read the full story

Kent & East Sussex Railway
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 16:25

Supporters of the line which currently runs from Tenterten to Bodiam want to revert to its original route, extending it to Robertsbridge. Last month the extension scheme made progress with the approval of planning by Rother District Council, which includes a level crossing over the nearby A21 road.

A number of farmers along the route have opposed the extension plans, claiming that bringing back steam to the Sussex countryside is a backward step which would affect a much loved wildlife... read the full story

Andrew Barclay Works Number 2139 of 1942 'Salmon'
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 15:08

Prince Charles, also known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, met with members of the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Trust and the restoration team before seeing the restored carriage and unveiling a plaque to mark the visit. The Prince also had a chance to drive the engine along the Aberdeenshire line he used to travel on as a child.

The Prince stepped in with a significant donation through his charitable foundation after hearing that the windows of a 1965 railway carriage had... read the full story

Flying Scotsman
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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:18

The Flying Scotsman was joined by Virgin Trains' Class 43 HST, an Intercity225 (Class 91) and the newest train: Hitachi Class 800 'Azuma', which is due to enter service in 2018. The event, organised by Virgin Trains, Welcome to Yorkshire, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum, saw the four trains depart at Tollerton Junction and head towards York side-by-side in a staggered formation at 25mph.

The historic run was months in planning, with the idea first coming about last year... read the full story

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway near Greet Tunnel
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:24

The public appeal set out to raise £1.25m to fund the railway's extension to Broadway Station and in just twelve months the scheme has hit its target, much to the delight of members and volunteers at GlosWarks Railway.

Chris Bristow, volunteer finance director of GWSR Plc said the progress had been “astounding”.

“This is quite unprecedented generosity from people who have clearly taken this share offer very much to their hearts,” he said.

After the remarkable success of... read the full story

Adams T3 No. 563 arrives at Norden (Wednesday 12th April 2017)
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 12:28

Having starred in acclaimed stage productions of 'The Railway Children' on both sides of the Atlantic, the ownership of Adams 'T3' class No. 563 has been transferred to the Swanage Railway Trust by the NRM.

Arriving on a road transporter at the Swanage Railway's road-rail interchange at Norden on Wednesday, 12 April, 2017, the Victorian steam locomotive – shrouded under a protective tarpaulin – was hauled to Corfe Castle station by a British Railways Class 08 diesel shunter dating... read the full story

A Royal steam special on the Borders Railway
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Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:55

The study contract, which has been awarded to Jacobs UK Ltd, is expected to take seven months to finish. It will look at wider transport issues across the south of Scotland, which will feed into the Scottish Government's strategic transport projects review. 

The original Waverley route was reopened 18 months ago and, though it has faced a number of criticisms, it is widely regarded as a success story with more than a million passengers using the service in its first year. 

The... read the full story

60163 Tornado on the mainline back in 2009
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 15:24

Tornado was given special permission to exceed 90mph, compared with the usual 75mph restriction for steam engines, and managed to hit the 100mph mark late last night somewhere between Newcastle and Doncaster. The team behind last night's test run made history by achieving 100mph on the East Coat Main Line in a steam engine for the first time since 1967! The locomotive operated at 90mph for a sustained period and also achieved 100mph under the specially permitted conditions and running with... read the full story

FLYING SCOTSMAN at Steamtown Railway Museum - 1982
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:31

With tickets for the Scotsman rides sold out since early this month, thousands are expected to descend on the Sussex railway to catch the famous LNER engine as it hauls passengers up and down the 11 mile stretch of railway between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park.

For those that missed out on a ticket, Roger Garman of the Bluebell Railway said "You can still visit the Railway to see this iconic loco and enjoy a day 'rover' ticket covering all trains hauled by our resident locos. To... read the full story

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