February 2019

Alan Pegler on Flying Scotsman - 1999
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 16:23

Penny Vaudoyer will be flying in from her home in Portugal to perform the honour with the train guard’s green flag on Swanage station at 10.05 am on Friday, 22 March, 2019. It was Penny’s enterprising and charismatic father, the late Alan Pegler, who purchased ‘Flying Scotsman’ from British Railways for the scrap value of £3,000 in 1963.

During a test run in 1934, the Nigel Gresley-designed ‘Flying Scotsman’ was the first steam locomotive in the United Kingdom to haul a train at 100... read the full story

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 'River Mite' at Irton Road
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:00
Held on February 9th at the McDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham the awards ceremony was hosted by Pete Waterman OBE. There were four projects in the running for the Coiley Locomotive Award, which is presented to a Heritage Railway Association member organisation who has completed an outstanding engineering project in the field of locomotive overhaul, restoration, or preservation.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Preservation Society ran a two-and-a-half year project to buy and... read the full story

Ffestiniog Railway
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 16:51

The HRA Awards recognise a wide range of achievements and distinctions across the entire heritage railway industry, and the awards acknowledge individuals and institutions as well as railways, tramways and cliff railways.

The February 9th event saw the presentation of awards in record 15 categories, which includes one completely new award. Several categories saw a record number of nominees, and in one case, joint winners.

The Statfold Barn Railway won the Morton’s Media (... read the full story