The project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive will be holding a series of roadshows across Great Britain in 2019.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Visitors to the NYMR next spring will be the last passengers ever to experience the iconic 60009 Union of South Africa, before she retires from service. The LNER Class A4 steam locomotive was built in 1937 at Doncaster Works and is one of six surviving A4s. Union of South Africa will be placed in a museum alongside 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’ in Fife, Scotland upon her retirement next year.
The locomotive will be hauling passenger services from Grosmont on the 30, 31 March & 2, 3,... read the full story