April 2018

The "Dubbie Pug"
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Editorial
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 14:36

The engine, affectionately known as the Dubbie Pug, due to serving at the local colliery in Dysart (Dubbie), was built in 1951 for the National Coal Board and spent most of its life working at collieries all over Fife and Lothians. The engine eventually finished its working life and was bought for preservation in 1983 by the Lochty Railway.

The engine is currently dismantled and initial inspections have indicated it will require a new tubeplate, smokebox, foundation ring and attention... read the full story

Turntable column installation
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Editorial
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 14:24

The 112-year old turntable, which was removed back in September 2016 and repaired in Kintore, has had an £86,000 revamp after a initial inspection revealed that major parts of the turntable had suffered irreversible damage meaning one third of both ends had to be replaced. 

The project was undertaken by the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust which hopes that the work carried out will bring steam trains to the area by allowing them to turn for return journeys.

The trust is hoping... read the full story

Class 141 on the Weardale Railway
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Editorial
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 14:48

Hundreds of people enjoyed a ride from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland last weekend during their diesel gala event, for the first time since the railway was forced to cease services due to problems with sinking track between Witton-le-Wear and Bishop Auckland.

Extensive work has been carried out over the last 5 years to lift the track at Broken Banks, a section about half a mile from Bishop Auckland.

The platform was put to good use as part of the 31 Gala weekend on 21/22 April... read the full story

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Editorial
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:09

The frames for Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive were rolled at British Steel’s Scunthorpe works exactly four years ago on St George’s Day 2014 in the presence of designer Sir Nigel Gresley’s two grandsons Ben and (the late) Tim Godfrey.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. 

Sadly, the design was... read the full story

No. 31806 test run Thornford Friday 13th April 2018
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Editorial
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:44

Swanage Railway ‘U’ class steam locomotive No. 31806 will be at the head of the ten-carriage train on Thursday, 26 April, 2018, as part of the Railway Touring Company’s marathon nine-day ‘Great Britain XI’ steam train around England, Scotland and Wales.

Thursday’s special train is being operated by the Railway Touring Company – based at King’s Lynn in Norfolk – with the carriages being supplied by West Coast Railways.

With the assistance of another steam locomotive, No. 31806... read the full story

2007 boiler
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Editorial
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:01

Launched in October 2014 to raise the £600,000 needed pay for the manufacture of the boiler, The Boiler Club now has over 150 members who have each donated or pledged £2,000 (plus Gift Aid) meaning that £380,000 (including Gift Aid) has been pledged so far for the boiler.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly... read the full story

No. 31806 - Wareham (Friday 13th April 2018)
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Editorial
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:54

Included in the test run were two challenging five-mile climbs between Weymouth and Dorchester as well as a five-mile climb from Maiden Newton to Evershot on the line to Yeovil.

Swanage Railway ‘U’ class steam locomotive No. 31806 hauled the empty five-carriage test train which had a 1960 ex-British Railways heritage Class 33 diesel-electric locomotive on the rear.

The seven-hour test run of 115 miles on the main line – No. 31806 hauling the train a total of 57 miles at speeds... read the full story

Return to Broadway event
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Editorial
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:18

The Cotswolds heritage railway opened its brand new Broadway station on Good Friday 30 March with crowds of well-wishers both watching and travelling on the 09.40 departure for Cheltenham, the first public train from the village since 6 March 1960, when the station was closed by British Railways.  Since then, most trains have been very busy.

A delighted Colin Fewell, the railway’s voluntary commercial director confirmed that almost 6,300 fare-paying passengers travelled on the... read the full story

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Editorial
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:40

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on reinstating the former down platform and its characterful waiting room which were demolished by British Railways in the 1960's.  The reinstated waiting room will be developed as an education and interpretation centre showing the history of the railway and its effect on local industry, people and businesses.  Initial construction work is expected to start during the second quarter of 2018 and the education... read the full story

NB Cover
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Editorial
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:51

One such company was the North British Locomotive Company. Based in Glasgow and former from the amalgamation of various smaller loco manufacturers, North British became the largest maker of railway locomotives in the British Empire. Sadly, the company failed to adapt to the end of steam traction and closed its doors in 1962.

In hindsight, the First World War was North British’s zenith. The company contributed hugely to the war effort. The offices became a hospital for the wounded, and... read the full story

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