May 2017

T3 No. 563 Corfe Castle Station
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Editorial
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 14:20

Built in February, 1893, for hauling express trains on the London and South Western Railway, T3 class 4-4-0 wheel arrangement locomotive No. 563 was withdrawn by the Southern Railway at the end of the Second World War in August, 1945, by which time it had run a total of 1.5 million miles.

The unique locomotive, designed by William Adams in 1890 hauled trains from London on the west of England main line, across Dorset and down to Corfe Castle and Swanage during its long-working life.... read the full story

Flying Scotsman leaving Victoria station in 2016
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Editorial
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 12:58

The journey will be part of heritage railway operator Steam Dreams' rail tour and will see the iconic engine run two tours out of London on Saturday 3rd June. Details for the exact times Scotsman will pass through stations will not be released due to previous problems with trespassers, but Scotsman will be leaving Victoria station at 10:12am heading out of London, and looks likely to be heading via Kensington Olympia, Willesden Junction, South Acton and Hounslow. The return trip is expected... read the full story

New Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales
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Unseen Steam editor
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:54

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity, builders and operators of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over... read the full story

No 85 in service
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Unseen Steam editor
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 16:47

The locomotive was purchased from a scrapyard in Sierra Leone and brought back to the UK by the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (W&LLR) in 1975. The train was to be part of a tourist attraction.

It was working in Wales until 2010 when its boiler ticket ran out and for the past five years the locomotive has been on static display at the Locomotion Museum in Shildon – an ‘out-station’ of the National Railway Museum in York.
No 85 was the last steam locomotive from... read the full story

Sheringham station, Norfolk
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Unseen Steam editor
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 16:02

Since then the heritage railway has been looking at ways to develop greater use of the link, and last year promoted a pilot series of dining trains running through from the NNR station at Sheringham to Cromer operated on their behalf by charter operator West Coast Railways.

Running on just four days, the 2016 trial proved that there was a strong market appeal for such trains which all sold out rapidly.  With a view to establishing services to Cromer as a regular feature, and to ensure... read the full story

SDR No 151 / GWR No 2180 'Tiny'
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Editorial
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:27

According to a copy of the Great Western Railway Magazine in the 1930s, Tiny is the last actual surviving broad gauge locomotive in existence. It was built by Sara & Co., of Plymouth, in 1868 and used for shunting purposes in Newton Abbot yard until the early (eighteen) eighties. It passed into the ownership of the Great Western Railway Company with other of the South Devon Railway's rolling stock when the latter company became amalgamated with the former in 1876, and for some years... read the full story

SRT Patron Sir Philip Williams Norden October 2016
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Editorial
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:19

Sir Philip Williams has been given the honour by the registered charity that plans and governs the award-winning Swanage Railway which has been rebuilt from nothing since 1976.

Sir Philip's great-grandfather was the longest-serving director of the London and South Western Railway Company until the company was merged into the new Southern Railway Company in 1923.

Sir Philip said: "It was with great pride and pleasure that I accepted the invitation to become a Patron of the... read the full story

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway near Greet Tunnel
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Editorial
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 17:07

The railway's 'Broadway: The Last Mile' share offer hasn't just met its £1.25 million target – now that the accounts are finalised the railway can confirm that it has beaten it by more than £80,000, raising £1,330,500 by the offer closing date of 30th April!

This is a remarkable achievement that, as volunteer finance director Chris Bristow explains, underlines how much local people, as well as enthusiasts, want to see trains serving Broadway again after a gap of nearly 60 years.

... read the full story
Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd Railway Society
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Editorial
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 14:12

The ambitious project, taken on by the Trawsfynydd & Blaenau Ffestiniog Community Railway Company, along with a team of volunteers and investors, hopes to restore the seven-mile section of abandoned line in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales.

The BFT Society have been hard at work planning and carrying out line clearance after having been given permission from Network Rail last year. All work carried out so far has been run by weekend volunteer forces, but the enormous task of... read the full story

Steaming north from Rhyd-Ddu towards Snowdon Ranger station
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Editorial
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 13:10

The thieves broke-in through a window during the night, ransacking the place and leaving the office in a state before making off with thousands of pounds.

Spokespersons for the F&WHR have said that clear images have been captured of the criminals on their CCTV systems, and that security will be stepped up following the incident, with no cash being left on-site in the future.

The break-in came just a week after the railway enjoyed a successful bank holiday weekend running... read the full story

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