May 2018

3D CAD Model
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 10:46

The project to build Britain’s most powerful express passenger steam locomotive today announced that it had placed a £220,000 order with Stephenson Engineering Ltd of Atherton, Manchester for the heavy motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The order includes the forging, machining and heat treatment of the nine heavy motion rods - intermediate coupling rod LH/RH, trailing coupling rod LH/RH, leading couple rod LH/RH, outside connecting rod LH/RH and the inside connecting... read the full story

South Tynedale Railway
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:22

Slaggyford Specials will run on both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June leaving Alston at 10:45, 13:15 and 15:15. Tickets for these special trains must be purchased in advance through the website www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk

Return tickets for these historic journeys, the first since the line closed in 1976, will be priced at £13 for adults and £5 for children aged 1-15 and will be available to pre book from 9.00 a.m Wednesday... read the full story

20 Wheels 1-3-16
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 16:29

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 never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity and builders of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at... read the full story

End of the Railway
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Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:06

These events commemorate the role which light railways played during the 1914-1918 conflict. The event in July will be the third in this series of award-winning events. These events aim to recreate the Western Front in Staffordshire, with lots of steam trains, military vehicles and living history re-enactors all combining.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Moseley Railway Trust an £10,000 grant in support of Tracks to the Trenches. Made possible by National Lottery players... read the full story

No.2007
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:14

This milestone coincides with the 200th member signing up for The Mikado Club which was launched in March 2016 to raise £200,000 from 160 members to wheel the engine and was extended in May 2017 to 200 members and £250,000 to also wheel the tender.

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 never... read the full story

Stockton Locomotive Depot
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 17:27

The Heritage Action Zone scheme, announced by Historic England will see the North-East region receive £1.3million to help capitalise on its heritage, with a large proportion of the funding going to the Stockton-Darlington, with hopes to revive the area's pioneering railway history.

Historic England will be giving the scheme its funding and expertise to make the most of railway’s history and legacy as it nears its 200th anniversary. The project will see work carried out across the 26-... read the full story

North Wealds Station
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Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:39

An intensive train service will be running which includes steam trains hauled by the iconic Metropolitan No.1 locomotive as well as some of London Transport's historic buses which will connect Epping Forest, Ongar and North Wealds stations with underground platforms in Epping and Shenfield.

The event will also see a number of historic London Transport bus routes being brought to life, sure to excite the attending transport traditionalists.

The event which runs all weekend will... read the full story

Broadway Bridge
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:52

Spokespersons from the GWSR say at least 14 trucks have struck the bridge since 2014, and despite "low bridge" signs and warnings, lorry drivers seem oblivious to the dangers.

GWSR's John Balderstone says : "It is so utterly frustrating, time-consuming and infuriating that there can be so many lorries being driven around with high loads and yet the drivers don’t bother to take note of the height."

Much of the repair work has been paid for by the lorry driver's insurance,... read the full story

Behind the scenes
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:20

During the first Bank Holiday weekend of May (5, 6 and 7 May) the railway will once again throw open its doors and invite the public to learn about the inner workings of a heritage railway, including demonstrations and a sneak peek behind usually closed doors.

At Pickering visitors will be able to see what goes on inside the Carriage and Wagon workshop, headed up by Manager Kieran who recently starred in the Channel 5 documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’. The Archive... read the full story

Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd Railway Society
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:04

The Trawsfynydd Railway Company lost their Network Rail licence to clear the seven miles of disused track last summer when a bridge suffered damage during the clearing operations. An investigation was launched by Network Rail after the incident, who revoked the company's licence and ordered them to remove all clearance equipment after finding breaches to health, safety and environmental legislation.

The former line from Blaenau Ffestiniog station to Trawsfynydd has not seen a revenue... read the full story

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