July 2017

East Lancashire Railway
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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 15:09

The incidents occurred in Bury between July 20-25 where 40 carriage windows were smashed and paint was thrown over a diesel engine. The youths forced entry onto the trains, damaging the doors and also ransacked the 'cafe carriage' at Bury Transport Museum.

The incident was reported to Greater Manchester Police who launched an investigation, which has led to the arrest of a 13-year-old boy and two girls aged 13 and 14 who have been charged with criminal damage. The trio who have been... read the full story

'River Mite' at Dalgarth station on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 14:45

The locomotive in question is works number 8457, a 4-6-2 Pacific built by Krauss of Munich in 1929 for work at the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville. Dormant for more than eighty years, but under restoration at workshops in the town of Mataró near Barcelona, the engine was in need of a new home which brought about the Train from Spain appeal setup by RERPS.

After its arduous journey from Spain, it left the workshop in Workington on Sunday 23 July for its new home at Ravenglass,... read the full story

 Merchant Navy/Battle of Britain class locomotive on the Swanage Railway in Dorset
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 15:30

The incident involved BR Standard ‘4MT’ No. 80104 and ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34070 Manston and happened in an area not open to the public.

The railway has reported the incident to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), though no members of the public, nor any trains, were caught up in the collision. 

Steam train services have been temporarily suspended as the two engines will be out of service whilst they are assessed for any... read the full story

Teak carriage set 4
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Monday, July 24, 2017 - 11:12
The varnished teak carriage set comprised of eight carriages, dating from 1930 to 1950. The carriages have regularly appeared in films and television - recent appearances including ‘Downton Abbey’ and the remake of ‘Dad’s Army’. North Yorkshire Police are currently onsite, assessing the situation.

Chris Price, NYMR’s General Manager said, “We were absolutely devastated to discover that the carriages had been damaged overnight. The set was found with the windows smashed and the furniture... read the full story

South Devon Railway's new carriage shed takes shape
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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 12:59

The new carriage shed structure is nearly completed and now only needs ridge cladding and drainage to be installed. The completion date is expected to be the end of July, but the railway will have to realign some of its track within the carriage shed before being fully finished. The track laying is not dependent on rebuilding the north crossing and will be re-laid more or less on the original alignment. This will give the track the required minimum clearances by the simple expedient of... read the full story

NG G13 Beyer Garratt locomotive No. 60 "Drakensberg"
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 16:04

The move started on 12th July including a police escort through the centre of Basel, continuing through Germany over night arriving at Antwerp on Friday ready to board a ferry. The locomotive arrived in Hull at 7.00am on Saturday before continuing to Birmingham then onto the Vale of Rheidol arriving on Monday 17th.

The locomotive is privately owned but is to be on loan to the railway for a prolonged period of time. After some restoration work, No.60 will be available to bolster the... read the full story

The Peate wagon will add a whole new aspect to the Vintage Trains run by the W&LLR. Project leader John Bancroft is in the cab of locomotive ‘Countess’.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 14:28

John Lloyd Peate was a coal merchant based in Llanfair Caereinion. When the railway opened in 1903 he ordered five private owner coal wagons from R Y Pickering & Co Ltd, the supplier of the railway’s rolling stock. Peate’s wagons carried coal between Welshpool and his Llanfair facility in the railway’s yard.

While used extensively by standard gauge companies, private owner wagons were very rare on the narrow gauge, with only the W&LLR and the Southwold Railway in Suffolk,... read the full story

New build 'LYN' locomotive
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Friday, July 14, 2017 - 16:11

The engine was publicly steamed July 8th to a crowd of society members and volunteers/workers, and will be making its first appearance at the upcoming Autumn Gala at Woody Bay station on Saturday, September 30.

The locomotive has been built at the works of engineering contractor Alan Keef near Ross-on-Wye, and was funded by independent charity the 762 club.

The original LYN was built in 1898 to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin... read the full story

Bagnall 0-6-2T ‘Superb’ will come to the W&LLR from Sittingbourne in Kent.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 15:38

Bagnall 0-6-2T steam locomotive ‘Superb’, normally resident on the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway in Kent, and diesel-hydraulic 0-6-0 ‘Badger’, owned by the Statfold Barn Railway in Staffordshire, will both be spending time on the popular mid Wales line.

Superb, built in 1940 under works no. 2624 for the Bowaters Paper Mills at Sittingbourne, will be a star attraction at the W&LLR’s annual Steam Gala on 1st-3rd September. The loco will be working passenger trains... read the full story

North Norfolk Railway
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 17:16

In 2010 the NNR opened a link with the National Rail network when they re-instated the level crossing at Sheringham to connect with the Bittern branch line to Cromer and Norwich. 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... read the full story

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