Railway News

No. 2007 Prince of Wales Progress
Date posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:13 | Author/Source: Editorial

This Christmas members of the public will once again be able to sponsor a component on Britain’s newest and most powerful express passenger steam locomotive.

No. 2007 Prince of Wales Progress - David Elliott
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/16/2018
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, also the builders, owners and operators of 100mph famous new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, has announced that it will again be holding a number of presentations on the project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales in 2019. Entry into each roadshow is free with the first at the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough on Saturday 12th January 2019.
The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives... read the full story
Bahama reversing on Tyseley's turntable earlier this year
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/14/2018

Following a heavy overhaul and re-painted in its Brunswick Green livery, the LMS Stanier 'Jubilee Class' 4-6-0 will be returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public.

The railtour is being promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, 'Bahamas' will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

The event will be the... read the full story

Author/Source: Editorial | 11/13/2018

This will be the final gala appearance for 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" (appearing courtesy of the National Railway Museum) before its overhaul. The gala will also feature five other locomotive, including one diesel engine.

Joining 70013 will be Stanier Class 5 45305 (returning to traffic following repair - subject to completion), 92214 "Leicester City", Stanier 8F 48624, BR Standard Class 5 73156 and diesel locomotive Class 45 "Peak" D123.

The weekend will have a 1960's feel with 3... read the full story

Tornado on the East Coast Main Line
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/09/2018
‘The White Rose’ will run from London King’s Cross picking up at Potters Bar and Peterborough to Leeds, Harrogate and York on Saturday 27th April 2019.
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.
In its original incarnation, ‘The White Rose’ express... read the full story
 Tornado on the Nene Valley Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/07/2018

Since completion in Darlington in 2008, 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

Author/Source: Editorial | 11/06/2018

The line opened originally in 1872 providing a service to its rural community for 86 years, and 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the closure.
But, unlike most now closed West Country rural branch lines which succumbed to the infamous Beeching Axe of the 1960's, this one had a much brighter and interesting future. It has now enjoyed a new life for nearly 50 years since 1969 with steam hauled heritage train services operating between Totnes and Buckfastleigh, now run by the... read the full story

Author/Source: Editorial | 11/05/2018

The season gets under way from the weekend of 1st December with more than 70 trains scheduled to take excited youngsters and their families to meet Father Christmas. More than half of seats are already taken while some are already fully booked.
But the special steam trains from Cheltenham Racecourse to the North Pole (at Winchcombe) will begin on Sunday 25th November with a very special steam train for around 65 children supported by charities Winston's Wish, Acorns Children's... read the full story

No. 80104
Author/Source: Editorial | 11/01/2018

Appearing at the two-day ‘Somerset and Dorset Weekend’ event will be three classes of steam locomotives that worked on the former main line that linked Bournemouth and Poole with Blandford Forum, Templecombe and Bath. The 102-mile line was closed in March, 1966, with the tracks being lifted between 1967 and 1970.

Hauling trains between Swanage, Herston Halt, Harman’s Cross, Corfe Castle and Norden will be 1945 London Midland and Scottish Railway ‘Black 5’ No. 44871, Southern Railway-... read the full story

The original Gresley design for the cylinder casting
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/31/2018

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

60163 Tornado
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/30/2018

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