February 2018

Broadway Station - GlosWarks
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:32

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester* will signal the triumphant re-opening of the brand new Broadway station by unveiling a plaque recognising the achievement of volunteers who have tirelessly resurrected the railway and built the new station on the site of the original.

The first train will be headed by the GWSR’s ‘flagship’ steam locomotive, Great Western Railway-designed Hall class locomotive no. 7903, Foremarke Hall which will depart at 09.40, bound for Cheltenham Racecourse, more than... read the full story

Lincolnshire Wolds track bed - Groundworks
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Editorial
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:01

Volunteers at the Railway have started work on clearing undergrowth and scraping the trackbed on the three-quarter mile stretch from Ludborough station to Pear Tree Lane Crossing.

The LWR owns just over five miles of trackbed of the former East Lincolnshire line as far as the Industrial Estate at Louth.

Extending the line to Pear Tree Lane will be the first phase of a much bigger long-term project which will one day see steam trains running the full length of the route into a... read the full story

Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Hayes Knoll
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Editorial
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 15:49

This major £2million civil engineering project will eventually see the SCR extend its line 1 3/4 miles to the town of Cricklade, with its first target being rebuilding the section of line to Farfield Lane, half-a-mile north of South Meadow Lane. The railway will face a number of structural difficulties with the project including a bridge that was destroyed in a military exercise in the 1970s. As the bridge was blown up, the original parapets are not usable therefore the whole... read the full story

North Yorkshire Moors Railway locomotive 45407 approaches Newbridge level crossing
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Editorial
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:27

The North Yorkshire Moors Railways granted unprecedented access to DSP, whose co-managing directors Emily Dalton and Donna Clark, describe the show as “a real celebration of the extraordinary heritage and traditions of the country’s railways”.

A tireless army of staff and volunteers will be giving us the inside track on what it takes to run a heritage railway. This year they're celebrating their fiftieth anniversary and viewers will join them as they welcome coach trips, wedding... read the full story

762 Lyn at Woody Bay
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Editorial
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:46

The award was presented to the railway for their work on the new-build locomotive 'LYN' and her four rebuilt original carriages.  The loco was built at the works of the engineering contractor Alan Keef near Ross-on-Wye, and was funded by the independent charity the 762 Club.

The original LYN was built in 1898 to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA and it worked on the Lynton & Barnstaple line until... read the full story

Flying Scotman in 1969
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Editorial
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:29

The National Railway Museum has also released the details for Flying Scotsman's 2018 schedule with the announcement. The new contract will start this year with a tour of venues and scenic railway journeys across the UK.

The first opportunity this year for the public to see Flying Scotsman will be 10 and 11 March at the East Lancashire Railway in Rawtenstall, where it will be on static display. The record-breaking engine is scheduled to visit heritage railway lines on several other... read the full story

60009 Union of South Africa
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Editorial
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 11:30

The LNER Class A4 engine will be at the NVR from 30th August until the 3rd September, where it will be taking part in a driver experience course as well as starring alongside 34081 ’92 Squadron’ at the railway's ‘Pacifics Weekend’ special event. 

This visit will likely to be the last time that the loco visits the railway as it was announced last year that No.60009 would be retiring from service in 2019 to be placed in a museum alongside 61994 ‘The Great Marquess... read the full story

Trains to Wareham - Summer 2017
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Editorial
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:45

While some special diesel and steam trains may run between Swanage and Wareham during late 2018, the full second year of the Swanage Railway's trial train service to Wareham is now set to start during Easter, 2019.
 
It had been planned to run a 90 selected day trial train service to Wareham during 2018 using the Swanage Railway's two 1960-built heritage diesel trains, known as diesel multiple units, directly operated by main line-qualified Swanage Railway drivers and guards.... read the full story