The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce that Shildon-based Bignall Group, in collaboration with Hexagon Metrology Limited, of Telford has sponsored the critical measurement of the locomotive using a state-of-the-art 3D laser tracker system.
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
This year's gala is set to be a special one as the railway celebrates 100 years of the their Q6 locomotives along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The NYMR's own Q6 locomotive is 100 years old and additionally preserved locomotives of the same age will join the railway for the celebration. The railway has invited 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway and Locomotive number 6 Douglas from the Talyllyn (which is also an ex RAF engine and painted in RAF plant blue to mark the... read the full story
The tender was purchased from William Cooke Cast Products Ltd following the success of the 163 Pacifics Club fundraising campaign, which has raised over £200,000.
Just a week ago on Saturday 28th July, over 100 supporters of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust gathered at Darlington Locomotive Works to celebrate the tenth birthday of No. 60163 Tornado. The locomotive made its first moves in front of the world’s press on 1st August 2008 and has subsequently become a household name.
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