June 2017

A laser and surface blocks are used to check alignment of the webs 7-6-17-min
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 09:51

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales has announced significant milestones both in construction and fundraising. The crank axle has now been assembled at South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd in Buckfastleigh, Devon and the P2 Project received almost £90,000 in donations and new pledges in May.

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... read the full story

Flying Scotsman
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 16:44

The visit to London is part of the Scarborough Flyer tour, organised by the West Norfolk travel firm The Railway Touring Company which will see The Flying Scotsman travel through York, Doncaster, Lincoln and Peterborough to London.

Steam enthusiasts will be able to catch a glimpse of the world famous engine as it passes through stations along the route towards central London. For those hoping to catch a photo of the loco as it travels through London, it will be passing through... read the full story

60163 Tornado, Torbay Express
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 14:52

The first of these trips took place on Sunday 18th of June on the Torbay Express Line, with the next scheduled trips taking place on July 2nd and July 23rd. The last trip will take place in September. The Tornado-hauled trains will be leaving Bristol Temple Meads between 8am and 9.15am and heading to Kingswear, before returning to Bristol between 8.10pm and 8.55pm. Pickup points will vary depending on which journey you book, so make sure to check the Torbay Express website.

Launched... read the full story

Telford Steam Railway
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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 16:14

Rewards were offered for certain donation amounts, such as a guided walk along the line for a £20 donation and a round-trip on a diesel or steam locomotive for £40. £100 pledges were offered the chance to drive a steam tram plus lunch for four, whilst a £500 pledge offered a half day steam driving experience, lunch and a life-time membership.

West Mercia Police were called to reports of damage at the site at about 9pm on April 12 Vadals smashed 18 train windows at the railway on... read the full story

BLW Post Office (London) Railway (Mail Rail) Car
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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 13:31

The train ride will be part of a £26-million transformation of Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site near King’s Cross station as well as the conversion of the railway’s former maintenance and repair depot into an exhibition centre and the creation of a new postal museum.

Severn Lamb have supplied two three-carriage trains, one painted red, the other green. Each set has driving positions and motorised bogies at both ends. The designs have stayed true to the original models used except the... read the full story

Royal Scot on the Borders Railway
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 15:09

The service is being organised by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, which operates and maintains the former British Rail coaches. It will give train and history buffs the opportunity to travel through Scotland's scenic countryside and trains will even travel across the iconic Forth Bridge, South of Dunfermline.

The service will depart at Linlithgow before heading over the Forth Bridge, then up round the Fife coast before heading south on the railway to Tweedbank. It will run... read the full story

Ffestiniog Railway 'Small England' 0-4-0STT No.2 Prince
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:17

Built for the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway in 1863, 'Small England' 0-4-0STT No.2 Prince was one of four engines constructed for the Railway to move slate from the mines of Blaenau Ffestiniong to the coast at Porthmadog, and is one of the oldest steam locomotives currently in operation in the world. 

Prince was a resident in SVR's Engine House between 2010 and 2012, and returns this year, in steam, to take part in the Autumn event. The 154 year old locomotive will be paired with a... read the full story

East of Furzebrook - July 2016
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:59

The achievement is down to more than 40 years work by dedicated Swanage Railway volunteers as well as working in partnership with the Government's Coastal Communities Fund, Purbeck district and Dorset county councils, BP, Perenco, Network Rail and South West Trains.

The last British Rail passenger train ran between Swanage and Wareham in January, 1972, with seven miles of railway line being demolished that summer back to Furzebrook – three miles from Worgret Junction and the main line... read the full story

Volunteers who built the Halt
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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:13

Lord Wemyss, the Earl of Wemyss and March from nearby Stanway House, and patron of the railway opened Hayles Abbey Halt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, on Monday 5th June. 

The Halt opened in 1928 to coincide with the opening of a museum at the nearby Cistercian Hailes Abbey but was closed by British Railways in 1960, when local passenger train services were withdrawn.

Today, it has re-opened - to coincide with the opening of a new museum at the Abbey which,... read the full story

Kerr Stuart Line-up
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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 17:10

The theme for the 2017 event was to mark the centenary of the Kerr, Stuart locomotive “Stanhope”. Kerr, Stuart were a firm of locomotive builders based in Stoke-on-Trent – just a few miles from Apedale.

Three visiting engines attended, two built by Kerr, Stuart, and the third built to a Kerr, Stuart design. With the home-based fleet of Stanhope and a further 1916-built Kerr, Stuart loco, it is believed that this was the largest gathering of Stoke built locomotives in preservation.... read the full story

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