August 2018

Sheffield Victoria Station - 1969
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Editorial
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:35

David Breen, a property investor who lives locally in Stocksbridge, has unveiled a proposal to revive part of the old Woodhead railway line which once ran from Sheffield to Manchester.

The plans seem to have gained popularity with the public, and the South Yorkshire (Woodhead) Heritage Railway group which was started by Mr Breen now has more than 300 members.

Mr Breen has revealed that he is in talks to buy the land needed for the project, recently writing on Facebook :

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Ray Bell from Alston in Cumbria
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Editorial
Friday, August 24, 2018 - 15:46

She has joined the volunteer crew at South Tynedale Railway and is thrilled to be taking passengers along the newly extended line to Slaggyford in Northumberland.

Ray says “As a four year old visiting a railway at Christmas I fell in love with the noise of the engines and that distinct railway smell, I’m now infatuated with this exquisite line and taking passengers through the beautiful North Pennines countryside is an absolute joy.”

It took Ray only 7 weeks of practice runs... read the full story

3D Tour Interface
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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 16:58
The virtual tour allows visitors to the project’s website from across the world to visit Darlington Locomotive Works and see new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales under construction.
 
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... read the full story
80136 and 53809 backing down onto their train at Bishops Lydeard
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Editorial
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 15:53

Trials are being proposed for the railway, which is the longest heritage line in England, bringing an estimated £5M into the Somerset economy ever year. If these trials prove successful, the heritage line would be connected to the mainline for the first time in 50 years which would help to bring even more tourists and residents to the area.

The original line to Minehead closed back in 1971, but preservation services have been slowly reintroduced since 1976 onwards.  Somerset County... read the full story

Telford Steam Railway
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Editorial
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:37

This development plan will be the first phase of a £1.5million project to lengthen the railway's line by crossing the A4169, and is being funded by the popular Polar Express franchise.

The railway currently runs from Lawley Village to Horsehay & Dawley stations on the old Wellington and Severn Junction line that once ran between Wellington and Craven Arms via the Ironbridge Gorge. The railway is operated mainly by volunteers, and was formed as a preservation railway in 1976.

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NYMR Q6 and RAF Centenary
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Editorial
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:07

This year's gala is set to be a special one as the railway celebrates 100 years of the their Q6 locomotives along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
 
The NYMR's own Q6 locomotive is 100 years old and additionally preserved locomotives of the same age will join the railway for the celebration. The railway has invited 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway and Locomotive number 6 Douglas from the Talyllyn (which is also an ex RAF engine and painted in RAF plant blue to mark the... read the full story

No. 60163 Tornado
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Editorial
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 12:04

The tender was purchased from William Cooke Cast Products Ltd following the success of the 163 Pacifics Club fundraising campaign, which has raised over £200,000.

Just a week ago on Saturday 28th July, over 100 supporters of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust gathered at Darlington Locomotive Works to celebrate the tenth birthday of No. 60163 Tornado. The locomotive made its first moves in front of the world’s press on 1st August 2008 and has subsequently become a household name.
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