March 2018

Prestatyn Signal Box
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Editorial
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 14:59

The signal box, which has been in operation for 120 years, is closing as part of a North Wales railway upgrade scheme due to cost up to £50million. A petition started by the local community has amassed nearly 150 signatures so far and hopes to save the historic box from demolition. A Save Prestatyn Signal box Facebook group was also started when the communiity first heard the news. It now has more than 700 members. 

The signalling system in the area is currently being upgraded and is... read the full story

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway
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Editorial
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:59

A lease has been signed between the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway and Thames Water to start work rebuilding the original 1915 industrial railway.

The original 2 ft gauge railway was built between 1914 and 1916 to carry coal from wharves on the River Thames to the pumping stations at Hampton and Kempton Park. In 1945 the line closed.

An event with Michael Hamilton, chairman of the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway was held on Monday 19 March to celebrate the... read the full story

IHRR No.1 & Doll
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Editorial
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 10:55

The Mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Cllr Syed Rahman was invited by Chairman Terry Bendall to flag off the first train and take a ride to Stonehenge, accompanied by Town Crier Peter Hailes, who announced its departure.

The season started two weeks earlier than usual, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the railway’s first-ever passenger train. On Sunday 3rd March 1968, IHRR No.1 operated a serious of ‘fan-trips’ using open wagons, and this was recreated half a century later. The... read the full story

Tornado at North Yorkshire Moors Railway March 2018
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Editorial
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 15:24

Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the rescuing of... read the full story

60163 Tornado
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Editorial
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:39

The new-build locomotive had been hauliing services along the heritage line when the lorry hit a bridge at Castleton Moor on Monday. Network Rail was forced to suspend the line leaving the engine stuck on the NYMR.  

The locomotive and its crew are due to attend an event on the Severn Valley Railway this Friday, meaning the engine now has to be transported by road to ensure she can keep to her planned schedule for the season. 

The team will be busy throughout today working to... read the full story

Broadway Station
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Editorial
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:57

Councillors spoke enthusiastically about the railway reaching Broadway and the tourism and economic benefits it will bring to the village. Members also encouraged the GWSR to extend towards Honeybourne in the future.

The new car park will be built on a stretch of land alongside the railway between Evesham Road and Childswickham Road. The scheme will include a pedestrian crossing over Evesham Road to allow easy pedestrian access to the station, which is on the opposite side of the road... read the full story

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - leaving Killington Lane
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Editorial
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 14:03

Last Tuesday Exmoor National Park gave the L&BR the green light to relay three-and-a-half miles of heritage railway track from Killington Lane to Blackmoor Gate as well as approving a bid by the Lynton & Barnstaple Trust to build an engineering centre and rolling stock shed north of Blackmoor Gate. North Devon Council have already approved an application to reinstate a further mile of track between Blackmoor Gate and Wistlandpound Reservoir. The railway will also be converting the... read the full story

Canal Bridge Render
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Editorial
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:56

The ‘Crossing the Canal’ appeal is the latest fundraising for an exciting railway reunification project which will one day create an eighteen mile heritage line across the East Midlands.

The bridge, which once carried trains across the Grand Union Canal on the north east side of Loughborough is set to be repaired when funds are available. The appeal has a target of four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds.

“To have reached just shy of ten percent of our target in under... read the full story

SR trains to Wareham - Summer 2017
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Editorial
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:55

Praising “an incredible project”, the Manisty Award for Excellence from the Heritage Railway Association comes as the Swanage Railway runs nine months of steam train services between Norden, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Swanage during 2018.

Swanage Railway volunteers currently operate steam trains at weekends with steam trains daily running from the end of March to the end of October and during weekends in November before the pre-booked ‘Santa Special’ steam trains in December.... read the full story

Falling Sands Viaduct, Kidderminster
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Editorial
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:53

The grant of £72,000 will help develop plans to restore the viaduct, which was built in 1877. The viaduct needs urgent attention as bricks have started to erode from water damage.

The repairs of the structure are estimated to cost at least £1million and the project is vital for the heritage railway. There is already a 20mph speed limit on trains crossing the viaduct, which links Kidderminster station to the rest of the Severn Valley line. Staff at the railway fear that the damage will... read the full story