November 2017

‘Small Prairie’ No. 4555 will be making its first-ever appearance on a preserved railway other than the Kingswear and Buckfastleigh lines.
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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:56

Following on from a succesful Silver Jubilee Gala, the Churnet Valley Railway has announced that a deal has been reached with the Dartmouth Steam Railway, as well as the release of initial plans for a NSRC40 Gala in 2018.

Following this winter’s hire of GWR ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T No. 4277 from the Dartmouth Steam Railway, agreements have been made for two more Paignton-based engines to make extended visits to Staffordshire -: ‘Small Prairie’ No. 4555, making its first-ever appearance on a... read the full story

Flying Scotsman No. 60103 - Cathedral's Express
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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:44

On the outward journey, Flying Scotsman will take passengers on a fast run south through Ely and Cambridge before picking up the East Coast route to London. Passengers in premier dining and Pullman Style dining will be served a meal and refreshments as they enjoy the scenic journey through the English countryside.

Steam enthusiasts will be hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous LNER A3 Pacific engine on its route as it will be making a number of stops along the way. In order to avoid... read the full story

John Wigstons original artwork for his new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales alongside No. 2001 Cock o’ the North and No. 2002 Earl Marischal
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:31
If the project is to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021, the cylinder block has to be ordered in 2017. At its annual convention on 30th September 2017, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust set itself the challenge of raising £100,000 through The Cylinder Club from 100 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus Gift Aid) to the project in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order.
The Gresley class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikados’ were the most powerful express passenger... read the full story
Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 “Doll” of 1919
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:22

The ’50 Not Out’ gala over the weekend of September 30th – October 1st saw a total of eleven steam locomotives in use, plus fifteen petrol and diesel locomotives from the railway’s large collection. Highlights of the weekend included the reuniting of former Pen-yr-Orsedd quarry locomotives ‘Chaloner’ and ‘Diana’ working together for the first time since 1960. Looking to the future, demonstration freight trains were operated over the projected extension north of Stonehenge Station, with its 1... read the full story

Diesel Delights - Two Pilkington Motor Rails
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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:21

The event was conceived and planned by a small group of the railway’s younger members. During this weekend, no fewer than 18 of the railway’s fleet of diesel and petrol locomotives had an outing on the passenger train. 2017 was the first time an event focussed on the non-steam locomotives at Apedale had been run – but it seems set to be a firm fixture in the calendar in future years.

Phil Robinson, the Trust Chairman said “We are delighted with how the Diesel Delights event went. The... read the full story

Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 15:54

Travel Magazine Wanderlust picked the iconic stretch of the route between Fort William and Mallaig, made famous in recent years by the Harry Potter films, as the most scenic stretch of line in the UK. The line beat some fierce competition to make it to top position, including lines in Snowdonia in Wales, the Yorkshire Dales and the Dawlish sea route in Devon. The Flying Scotsman's journey from London to Edinburgh was also named, coming in fifth on the list.

The route, takes passengers... read the full story

Severn Valley Line
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 13:02

The fund hit over the £2.4m mark towards the end of yesterday's deadline. The remaining postal applications, which are still coming in, should allow the fund to hit its target for the campaign which was started exactly a year ago today. 

Proceeds from the share offer will support ambitious plans to deliver much-improved visitor facilities whilst at the same time conserving and enhancing the line's main destination station. 

More than £200,000 of shares... read the full story

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