August 2017

locomotive ‘P.C.Allen’ - LBR
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 17:11

The Trust is Britain’s only charity dedicated to the preservation of all modes of transport and its infrastructure. The present the ‘Red Wheel’ plaques to draw attention to sites of significant transport heritage interest. In the case of the Leighton Buzzard Railway, built in 1919 using ex-WW1 materials to carry sand, the award highlights the line as ‘a rare survivor from the era of railways used as internal transport within British industry’. The plaque is mounted on the former stables... read the full story

LNER 60103 Flying Scotsman
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:33

Passengers will be able to ride behind Flying Scotsman as well as take trips to watch and photograph the train as it goes by. This will be the first time the iconic engine has visited Didcot since 2005, just before it was withdrawn for its 10-year, £4.2million overhaul.

Also appearing, on Sunday and Monday only, will be Gresley A4 class Pacific 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’, a sister locomotive to ‘Mallard’, the fastest ever steam locomotive. Scotsman will also be working the branch... read the full story

Swanage Extension
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:03

The volunteer-led Swanage Railway has won the annual Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) South West Engineering Award 2017 in ICE’s projects costing less than £1 million category.

Part of the Swanage Railway’s Project Wareham, the £950,000 work took place over two years between Norden station and half a mile short of Worgret Junction, on the main London to Weymouth line west of Wareham, from 2014.

The transformation saw three miles of little used former Network Rail line... read the full story

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:33

The line from Leadhills in South Lanarkshire currently stretches just 0.6 miles and stops short of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway at the Glengonnar terminus. This quarter mile section of track is expected to boost tourism in Wanlockhead and hopes to be finished within 3 years.

The railway, described as 'Britain’s highest narrow gauge adhesion railway' was built on the former trackbed of the Caledonian Railway. The original railway served the lead-mining industry but closed in... read the full story

40hp Armoured Simplex LR2182
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:20

The AIA Restoration Grant is made specifically towards the cost of replicating the distinctive cupola roof of the WW1 locomotive. LR2182 was built to work on WW1 trench supply railways and arrived in France to serve on the battlefields during the final year of WW1. Post-WW1 it worked in industrial service between about 1921 and the mid-1960s during which time it lost its distinctive upper bodywork. It entered preservation in 1971, initially being displayed at the (then) Narrow Gauge Railway... read the full story

North Eastern Railway T.W. Worsdell Class "H" (LNER Class "Y7") 0-4-0T No.1310 (LNER No.1310N)
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:43

Bringing the two Y7s together for the first time for years is another coup for MSLR Loco Superintendent John Durrant.

120 year old NER no. 1310 will be coming to Brockford in time for the railway’s Bank Holiday Bash and will be running on August 27th and 28th August. Both will be running together, joining the resident Cockerill tram and  Bagnall no. 2565, at the Gala two weeks later when all four locos will be in steam.

“LNER no. 985 has been with us for just over a year now... read the full story

Churnet Valley Railway
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:18

The railway hopes to lease an old council-owned trackbed that once connected Leek with Leekbrook, before it was closed 57 years ago. The planned work would involve reinstating just under a mile of track and building a brand new station at Cornhill, on the edge of the market town of Leek.

The railway must negotiate with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's cabinet and Severn Trent Water before plans can be taken to the next stage.

The last time a train called at Leek was... read the full story

Great Central Railway
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 16:06

After the closure of the original Great Central Line by British Rail in 1969, part of the route survived but had a number of changes when two bridges and an embankment were removed, physically dividing the line. Both separate lines have been preserved as heritage lines, but this construction will be the first key-piece of infrastructure to be reinstated. The GCR is currently the only standard gauge heritage railway in the UK with double track outside of stations.

Progress on the... read the full story

'P C Allen' and 'Woto'
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 12:38

A special train service will be in operation each day with nine departures from Page’s Park to Stonehenge Works. The railway plans to have ten steam locos in action, four of which are over 100 years old.

Visiting locos include :

  • Patrick Keef’s 1924 Bagnall 0-4-0 “Woto”
  • Recently restored Kerr Stuart 0-4-0 “Diana” built in 1909
  • Nick Williams’ Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 “Jack” built in 1925

Leighton Buzzard resident locos in action will include :... read the full story

NYMR train carriage
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:10

Between 10pm on Saturday 22 July 2017 and 7am on Sunday 23 July 2017, historic teak train carriages at NYMR’s Pickering Railway Station’s main car park were vandalised. Windows were smashed and the inside of the carriages were severely damaged. 

Chris Price, NYMR’s General Manager said, “The fast response from businesses and the local community has meant that we have been able to turnaround four of the carriages very quickly. The carriages have now been professionally cleaned and... read the full story