A narrow-gauge locomotive normally resident at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is to visit the Far East as part of a new co-operation agreement between the mid-Wales line and the Taiwan Sugar Corporation (Taisugar).
Also visiting the heritage line for the annual October event will be an historic 1940s ‘Black 5’ steam locomotive that helped to haul the last steam-hauled passenger train on a British Rail main line in the summer of 1968.
On the theme of the historic locomotive exchange trials in 1948 – which took place on the newly created British Railways network to evaluate different classes of steam locomotives from the previous ‘Big Four’ railway companies – the Autumn Steam Gala runs from... read the full story
Young aspiring engineering from UTC South Durham witnessed this equipment being used. These measurements will allow the engineers from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust working on No. 2007 to precisely align all four wheelsets within the engine’s frames. This sponsorship is a significant contribution to the project not only in its monetary value, but also giving the Trust confidence that the results are precise, meaning considerably less time will be needed than using traditional methods.... read the full story
Both the Brienz Rothorn engine and Snowdon coal-fired steam locomotives were made in the same factory in Winterhur, Switzerland. They both use the same type of rack and pinion system to travel uphill, a system invented by Dr. Roman Abt, a Swiss engineer, in the late nineteenth century. This month has been the first and only time they will be back together again, working side by side 125 years after their production.
The Brienz Rothorn train has been taking passengers on short journeys... read the full story
The Gresley class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikados’ were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK. They were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley in the 1930s to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly, the design was never fully developed... read the full story
The launch train for ‘The Aberdonian’ will run on Thursday 14th March 2019 with the main series of Tornado-hauled trains running on Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Saturday 31st August and Saturday 7th September 2019. ‘The Aberdonian’ will depart Edinburgh Waverley station at around 09:30hrs for Aberdeen, returning at around 20:30hrs.
Passengers are invited to join Tornado, star of Paddington 2 and Top Gear, at Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations, before steaming across The Forth... read the full story
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 :... read the full story
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
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.... read the full story