July 2017

Leighton Buzzard Railway
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Editorial
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 16:33

Like many narrow gauge railways, the Leighton Buzzard Railway served a number of quarries along its route. While as an industrial line there was never a station to define the terminus, the end of the main running line has nevertheless always been recognized as being at the point where the line crossed Eastern Way and entered the main quarry itself at a location known locally as Double Arches. Continuing sand extraction at the quarries there means that Double Arches is not yet accessible, but... read the full story

South Devon Railway
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Editorial
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 16:24

Following an incident at the South Devon Railway (SDR) on the 1pm Totnes Riverside to Buckfastleigh train on Thursday 22 June 2017 -- involving a female passenger and her young son who almost entered a closed toilet without a floor and which seriously compromised their safety -- the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) are now both undertaking investigations at the SDR, and with which the railway is fully co-operating.

In line with current... read the full story

Jac Smith - Vale of Rheidol's newest engine driver
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Editorial
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 12:16

Jac first joined the railway as an engineering apprentice having left school at 16. After completing his training and apprenticeship, he went on to full time employment at the railway as a fireman as well as in the VoR's engineering workshop, working on restoring and maintaining steam locomotives and using many of the heritage skills he earnt through his training. 

Jac grew up around the railway as his father Pete Smith has been a driver since 1989 and is probably one of the most... read the full story

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway
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Editorial
Friday, July 7, 2017 - 11:57

Local Freemasons from Fairfax Lodge in Guiseley, supported by both Craven and Mawsis Lodges in Skipton, applied for the grant for the railway.

Bolton Abbey Station has close connections with both towns, with the preserved steam railway originally being constructed in 1888 as the Skipton & Ilkley Railway where the line then continued to Leeds via Guiseley. The Redundant signal box from Guiseley station and a water column from Skipton station are both preserved and have been re-... read the full story

Bronwydd Arms stations
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Editorial
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 16:13

The line now connects Bronwydd Arms with Abergwili – a new station that is on the outskirts of Carmarthen. This long-awaited extension of 1.75 miles brings the line to approximately 4 miles in length and there are already plans to expand a further 5 miles to Colwill and Llanpumsaint. This would bring the line up to around 10 miles in length. However, further plans to extend are still in the early phases.

This newly opened extension is the biggest in the line’s history and the first... read the full story

Hunslet 2-6-2T locomotive No. 85 at Blists Hill
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Editorial
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 12:39

The locomotive, which last ran on the mid-Wales heritage railway in 2010, has spent six years on display at the Locomotion Museum in Shildon, an outpost of the National Railway Museum.  Since leaving there in April, it has visited the Armley Industrial Museum in Leeds, the city where it was built, then Hull, the 2017 City of Culture, the Museum of Water and Steam at Kew, and the 50th Anniversary Weekend of Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham.

At Blists Hill Victorian Town, the... read the full story

60103 flying scotsman
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Editorial
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:50

The centre is delighted to have been chosen by the National Railway Museum, Shildon to host their most prized asset at Didcot for the weekend.

The visit will be the first appearance of 60103 'Flying Scotsman' at the railway centre in over a decade. Passengers will be able to ride behind Flying Scotsman in restored 1930s carriages and enjoy opportunities to photograph and watch the locomotive up close.

The event is looking to be a busy one so all tickets must be purchased in... read the full story

J21 No.65033
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Editorial
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:20
The project aims to return to steam the Victorian locomotive J21 number 65033 -  built in 1889 and the last one remaining.
 
Not only does the grant provide much needed restoration for the locomotive and the stores van but also a huge boost for the conservation of Cumbrian railway heritage.  

The project is being run by the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust (LCLT)... read the full story

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