The three cylinder cover castings which were made from Spheriodal Graphite Iron were produced by H. Downs & Sons foundry in Huddersfield from a pattern produced by John Hazlehurst of Swineshead near Boston. In the meantime, work continues on the redesign of the original Gresley class P2 No. 2001 Cock o’ the North’s monobloc cylinder casting to a welded fabrication incorporating the improved version of the Lentz rotary cam poppet valve gear developed by the Franklin Company in... read the full story
Following discussions with Tornado's operator DB Cargo, the trustees of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust have decided to withdraw No. 60163 from traffic for the remainder of 2018 in order to complete repairs and recertification of the locomotive to DBC’s satisfaction.
After a valve gear failure on the 14th April, the trust had hoped for a quick return to operation for Tornado. Saturday 6th October was a significant day in the return of the engine to main line operation, and following two... read the full story
Visitors to the NYMR next spring will be the last passengers ever to experience the iconic 60009 Union of South Africa, before she retires from service. The LNER Class A4 steam locomotive was built in 1937 at Doncaster Works and is one of six surviving A4s. Union of South Africa will be placed in a museum alongside 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’ in Fife, Scotland upon her retirement next year.
The locomotive will be hauling passenger services from Grosmont on the 30, 31 March & 2, 3,... read the full story
The Telford Horsehay Steam Trust (THST) which runs the railway hopes to lay a new track to Ironbridge to improve public transport to the World Heritage Site and attract more tourists. The project would involve crossing the A4169 road, for which approval has already been acquired. The railway hopes to fund much of the project through its successful Polar Express service, which they acquired the rights to operate during December, since 2017.
Trustees have launched a new website to help... read the full story
Built in 1945, the powerful 74-ton London Midland and Scottish Railway Stanier ‘Black 5’ class No. 44871 is operating on the Swanage Railway from Saturday, 20 October, to Saturday, 27 October, 2018, inclusive. And on Sunday, 28 October 2018, No. 44871 will be hauling the Swanage Railway’s popular ‘Dorsetman’ Sunday lunch train.
The main line certificated 4-6-0 wheel arrangement steam locomotive – which is based on the East Lancashire Railway and hauls excursion trains on the national... read the full story
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and 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... read the full story
The crossings, which were over 20 years old and in need of upgrading, are located where the trains of the heritage railway cross the road between the town centre and Lydney Junction station.
The county council has provided over £900,000 in funding for the modernisation of the level crossings by contractor Schweizer Electronic, ensuring that the crossings continue to be reliable, safe and convenient for all.
The Dean Forest Railway have helped manage the upgrade work with the... read the full story
On 4 October 2018 the NGRM trustees were delighted to receive confirmation from the Welsh Government that the Museum’s status as an Accredited Museum had been renewed.
‘Accreditation’ is the UK standard for museums and galleries. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users. The scheme is managed in Wales by the Welsh... read the full story
The 90-ton No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’ was withdrawn from service on the Swanage Railway in January, 2003 – after hauling trains on the relaid Purbeck Line for 13 years – because the leviathan of steam required a heavy engineering overhaul.
Built in 1948, the Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific will be returning to service on the Swanage Railway after being given an extensive engineering overhaul by its owners – Southern Locomotives Limited – at the Swanage Railway’s heavy... read the full story