November 2017

45428 Arriving at Pickering Station
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Editorial
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 15:06

The development, if the plans are approved by the local authorities, would also include a workshop for the restoration of historic carriages plus a new bridge to replace existing access over Pickering Beck.

NYMR hopes to be able to render its railway operations sustainable for the long-term so that the area’s unique heritage can be preserved and can continue to bring visitors and jobs to the region. Part of the funding for the project has... read the full story
Railbus at Tetbury Station - 1960s
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Editorial
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 15:00

The rail services, which were lost under the infamous Beeching Report of the 1960s, could be restored to encourage growth and increase jobs across the UK. Restoring lost capacity of the railway network is is one of a number of reforms featured in the Government's new rail strategy.

Last month the 'Campaign for Better Transport' organisation wrote to Chris Grayling urging the DoT to set up funding for some of Britain's lost railway lines, after announcements were made to spend a record... read the full story

No. 34059 "Sir Archibald Sinclair"
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Editorial
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:01

The first inner firebox of the production run at the workshop is for No. 34059. This is now in the final welding stage before marking-out is started for the stays. The inner firebox will be inserted into the outer wrapper, and then the foundation channel--which is already welded to the inner firebox--will be welded to the outer wrapper, with additional temporary support for the complete firebox being steel studs between the two firebox items. The drilling and reaming of the 2,000-plus stay... read the full story

No. 45212
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Editorial
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 14:30

The loco will chug along parts of the London Overground network during its journey, carrying those lucky enough to have tickets for a two-course meal as they take in the variety of sights on their way to the Watercress Line at Alresford. Bystanders will have to make do with cold platforms and viewpoints along the route to catch a view of the Black 5 locomotive!

The Black 5 No. 45212 is owned by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and normally based there. In 2017, it was fitted with... read the full story

34092 approaches
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Editorial
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 14:02

Since her arrival at the East Lancashire Railway in July 2015, following a comprehensive overhaul, "Wells" has been a strong stalwart of their locomotive line-up. The locomotive has been such a mainstay that the railway are hoping they can offer her a permanent home on the ELR.

The Railway has launched their "A Home for Wells" appeal to raise £340,920 towards the costs of purchasing 34092, enabling them to offer "Wells" a home at the railway. The ELR is calling upon the help of their... read the full story

T3 class locomotive No. 563
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Editorial
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 11:05

Previously owned by the National Railway Museum, No. 563 was donated to the Swanage Railway Trust in March 2017. From day one the railway has always had the ambition to return No. 563 to steam.

This workshop that the engine was moved to on November 13th has a proven track record of restoring Victorian and Edwardian steam locomotives and will be working hard to develop a sustainable plan that will ensure no.563 steams again.

Built in 1893, No. 563 was part of the famous T3 class... read the full story

Foxfield Railway
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Editorial
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 13:04

The Knotty Coach Trust of the Foxfield Railway has received £89,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help support its accessible coach project on the railway in Blythe Bridge.

The money, which is raised by the National Lottery, will help restore the inside of a unique four-wheeled 'Brake Third' railway coach to provide additional seating as well as allow access to passengers with mobility and other impairments. 

The coach, originally built in Stoke... read the full story

Brockford Station at the MSLR Museum
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Editorial
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:38

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Geoffrey Probert will visit the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway on Wednesday 22nd November to present a certificate for the Railway Museum’s contribution to Suffolk’s Heritage.

Wednesday's happen to be the Museum’s volunteers days so there will be activity in all Departments which Mr Probert and his wife will be experiencing on their visit. It is also a designated training day and there will be a train available for the visitors to ride on to get the full Middy... read the full story

Part of the collection of railway signs auctioned
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Editorial
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 14:37
The auctioneer explained that the late collector's wife had no idea of the number of signs her husband had amassed over the years. The collection, which included signs from 14 forgotten railway stations which were closed as a result of the infamous Beeching cuts, sold for more than £93k. Experts had originally valued the collection at around £60k. 

Friday's auction saw 500 lots go up in just 4 hours, with one sign that inspired a classic poem by Poet Laureate Sir John... read the full story

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - leaving Killington Lane
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Editorial
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:26

The railway, which first opened independently in 1898 had a fairly short working life having been bought out by Southern Railway in the 1920s. Despite a number of cost saving measures being implemented and extra investment in the line, the railway made many losses and was subsequently closed in the late summer of 1935. The line lay dormant for many decades until the L&BR association was formed in 1979 who then went on to form the railway company in the early nineties. Once the station... read the full story

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