October 2017

No. 60009 on a previous visit to the East Lancashie Railway
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:46

The last large scale steam event of the year running from October 14-15 will see a number of visiting engines as well as the ELR's impressive homefleet running passenger services up and down the railway's 12-mile line between Heywood and Rawtenstall Station.

Heading the line-up will be the impressive A4 No. 60009 "Union of South Africa. The locomotive's retirement was announced earlier this year, and is expected to happen sometime in 2019, after 82 years of... read the full story

Heathfield Junction , Devon
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:20

The line was closed to passenger services back in 1958. It finally closed in 1967 following the gradual withdrawal of freight. Parts of the line are still used for the occasional freight train but very rarely. 

The Newton Abbot to Heathfield Railway Revival Group wants to see it reopened as a way of easing transport pressures in the region as a commuter line as well as a line for tourism links. 

The campaign has gathered a lot of support since it was... read the full story

Barmouth Bridge
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:44

These celebrations also saw an early birthday present come, as Network Rail announced plans to spend in excess of £20m on the bridge between 2019 and 2024, which hope to be finalised by Friday 13th October. 

As part of the celebrations a special diesel train service ran from Shrewsbury to Pwllheli yesterday, hauling passengers through the Snowdonian mountains and over the historic bridge itself. The diesel locomotive hauling the Riviera Mark1 carriages was Class 37/0 No. 97304 'John... read the full story

Julian Hathaway & Union of South Africa at Swanage
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:56

You could not wipe the smile off Julian Hathaway’s face when he stepped off the simmering No. 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ and into the arms of his father and sister on the crowded platform at Swanage station; a station he helped to restore from a derelict state as a 13-year old in February, 1976.

Dating from 1937, the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Sir Nigel Gresley-designed A4 class locomotive had hauled a Railway Touring Company ‘Swanage Belle’ excursion train from London... read the full story

1861 Shed
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 15:40

If its fundraising attempts are successful, the new site will be operational in time to play a central role in the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025.
At the heart of the new base will be the four-track Whessoe Road engine shed which was built by the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1861. Designed by William Peachey, it was one of the S&DR’s last developments before the company was absorbed by the... read the full story

North Yorks Moors Railway Steam Engine
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 11:12

Over 4,000 visitors experienced nine different locomotives in steam, traction engines and annual beer festival along the heritage line.

Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “It has been a pleasure to see so many visitors traveling along the line; the volunteers have worked exceptionally hard to show the railway at its very best. This year’s steam gala has been a huge success with revenue up 14% on last year’s event. The income will support the... read the full story

Princes Risborough
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 14:27

The railway received a £75,000 grant last year to put towards its ambitious plan of building a proper interchange at Princes Risborough station, which will eventually connect to the Chiltern mainline and make it one of the closest steam railways to London. 

Volunteers have been busy with the removal of soil and rubble near the footbridge, whilst the CPRR permanent team start preparing the trackbed adjacent to the platform for the return of rails and sleepers. 

The first stage... read the full story

Scruton Railway Station
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:48

The awards are made annually to volunteers in the heritage sector for their outstanding contributions to museum learning and engagement.  The railway received both the Marsh Trust Museum Learning Award for the Yorkshire Region and the National Marsh Trust Award for Museum Learning.

Judges commented that work at Scruton Station for the Wensleydale Railway Association Trust (WRAT) and the attention to detail in the delivery of interactive history days was 'exceptional'.

The WRA(T... read the full story

Broadway - Track laying
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:18

The railway's 'Broadway: The Last Mile' share offer, an ambitious project to raise funds for the construction of Broadway station, as well as track laying from Little Buckland to Broadway, known as the Last Mile of the extension from Cheltenham has been an enormous success.

The scheme didn't just meet its £1.25 million target, but beat it by more than £80,000, raising £1,330,500 by the offer closing date of 30th April.

The project still has much work to do including carrying on... read the full story

Welsh Highland Railway train leaving Caernarfon.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 16:43

The scheme will provide steam trains with a brand new station facility to run from the town all the way up to Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway.  

The construction site made a dramatic change recently, when the pre-built steel structure of the station was installed, finally revealing the size and shape of the building being built. 

Caernarfon station is the northern terminus of the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway, and was... read the full story