Railway News

No. 60163 Tornado
Date posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 12:06 | Author/Source: Editorial

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity that built, owns and operates world-famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, has launched a new fundraising campaign to mark Tornado’s 10th birthday this year and imminent return to main line operations.

Dean Forest Railway
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/18/2018

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

Talyllyn Railway - Nant Gwernol
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/16/2018

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

No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/12/2018

The 90-ton No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’ was withdrawn from service on the Swanage Railway in January, 2003 – after hauling trains on the relaid Purbeck Line for 13 years – because the leviathan of steam required a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

Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/09/2018
The changes and improvements to the boiler, to be designated diagram 118B, are as a result of operating new Peppercorn class A1 No. 60163 Tornado over the past 10 years on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways. The Trust issued an invitation to tender to manufacture Prince of Wales’  boiler to over ten organisations in the UK and overseas and has received several proposals and expressions of interests. Over the next few months the Trust will review the... read the full story
Painting carriage No. 23
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/08/2018

Although Corris Railway train services, except for October 20th and the Santa Special Trains on December 8th and 9th, have finished for this year the volunteer workforce will continue to progress various projects that make for the revival of the oldest narrow gauge railway in Mid Wales (2019 will mark the 160th anniversary of the line’s origin as the Corris, Machynlleth and River Dovey Tramroad).

One area of the work is the construction of the 21st century recreations of the line’s... read the full story

Stephenson notebook cover
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/03/2018

The notebook, dated 1822, was found by John Page, a records assistant at Network Rail’s archive in York. It outlines Stephenson’s redesign of and budget for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, and became the blueprint for the railways that followed.

John uncovered the notebook, which had not been seen since the 1950s, while searching for documents in the archive’s deeds room in April. There are about 20,000 documents on the shelves; the Stephenson notebook is number 350.

He... read the full story

Owen, Neil, Gareth - No. 2 loco
Author/Source: Editorial | 10/01/2018

For five year old Owen Jones the Talyllyn Railway is in the blood. His grandfather, Gareth, is a volunteer driver on the Railway was well as being a member of the Railway Company’s Board, while his father, Neil, is a volunteer fireman so it’s not surprising that Owen is a fan of the Railway.

When Owen heard about the Railway’s appeal to raise £20,000 towards restoring the Railway’s ex-Corris Railway Coach No.17, he searched... read the full story

Buckfastleigh Station
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/28/2018

The last British Rail Western Region passenger train ran between Ashburton and Totnes and back on the first Saturday in November, 1958.

To mark this 60th anniversary the heritage railway will be running a special steam hauled service on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The service will be  leaving Buckfastleigh at 1958hrs (7:58pm) and returning from Totnes at the same time as the last train did 60 years ago, getting passengers back to Buckfastleigh at 9:21pm.

Tickets are on sale now... read the full story

Jonathan Jones-Pratt
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/27/2018

Mr Jones-Pratt is already well known on both the WSR and within the heritage railway sector through his ownership of two steam locos: former GWR engines No. 4936 Kinlet Hall and No. 7027 Thornbury Castle.

He also has strong local commercial credentials via his business interests in JJP Holdings which operates a number of commercial transport activities through North Somerset and Somerset.

WSR General Manager Paul Conibeare said:” I have known Jon for a number of years on the... read the full story

1809 Dougal
Author/Source: Editorial | 09/26/2018

Andrew Barclay 0-4-0T ‘Dougal’, built in 1946 to work at a gasworks in Glasgow, and acquired in 1969 by the W&LLR’s then general manager, will be spending around six months in Taiwan, during which it will be a star guest at a major festival in December.

The initiative is the result of a twinning arrangement that has been agreed between the W&LLR and Taisugar. Similar to an agreement signed in 2017 between the Welsh line and the Alishan Railway, another major line in Taiwan,... read the full story