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M&GN Society Moves A Step Closer To LNER Set
THE Midland and Great Northern Society (M&GN) has purchased Gresley Brake Third Open No. 43556/E16631E from the Epping Ongar Railway, made possible by a large legacy from the estate of late society member Keith Anthony Porter. Built in 1938 by Craven
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Return To Waterworks For Railway Locomotive In 80 Years – But In Miniature!
ON June 11, a Metropolitan Water Board locomotive returned to Hampton Waterworks for the first time in nearly 80 years – although the 0-4-2TT in question was a 7 ¼in gauge miniature version. As reported in last issue’s Next Stop column, the miniature
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Lighting Up Moorsline This Autumn
TICKETS are now on sale for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway annual Light Spectacular autumn event. The hugely popular audio and visual sensory experience will depart from Pickering station every evening during the October 22-30 half term at 6pm and
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Horsted Keynes Drinks Licence Has Been Extended
THE Bluebell Railway has been granted an extension to its licence at Horsted Keynes to serve alcohol and stage entertainment. The application was approved by Mid Sussex District Council’s liquor licensing committee on May 26. The extended licence wil
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Leek Back On line For Next Year!
In issue 254, Heritage Railway highlighted the Churnet Valley Railway as it geared up to begin its long-hoped-for extension to Leek. The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development had provided £1,427,906.83 of funding and the first 200 yards of
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Welshpool Poised To Get Taiwanese Diesel Locomotive From Sister Line
THE Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is negotiating with sister line the Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan to take a diesel locomotive on loan. It has been offered DL-34, a 25-ton 520hp diesel built specially for the Taiwanese line by Mitsubishi in
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Indian Summer Comes Early At The Statfold Barn Railway
CLASSIC British-built steam that once served on India’s legendary hill railways took pride of place at the Statfold Barn Railway’s June 11/12 enthusiasts’ weekend. Sweet Indian Steam brought the railways of the great subcontinent into focus, held to
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With Full Regulator locomotive Performance Then And Now
THIS issue of Heritage Railway is published on July 8, which happens to be the 55th anniversary of the last Saturday of steam on the Southern and one day before the very last day of steam in normal service. Therefore, I have picked a few of the best
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Monobloc Milestone Passed In P2 Project
BRITAIN’S railway heritage engineering sector has reached a new high point, with the three cylinders for new Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales placed together for the first time prior to welding to create the locomotive’s monobloc – a first s
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West Somerset Diesel Gala Remembers Fab Four With A Trip Back To The 1960s
BEATLEMANIA returned to Somerset in June – 58 years on. The West Somerset Railway’s June 9-11 diesel gala celebrated 1960s services on the branch and included a Beatles Special. It was in 1964 that the Fab Four travelled on a special train from Paddi
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Survey Opens In Step Towards Future Of The Elsecar Railway
A FORMAL survey has been launched for the future of the Elsecar Heritage Centre – including the currently-closed heritage railway there – following the receipt of a £3.93 million grant from the Cultural Development Fund. Working with its partners, Ba
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Billie Joins Four Barnes Sisters At Rhyl
THE Rhyl Steam Preservation Trust has bought partially restored 1922-built Albert Barnes 4-4-2 Billie from Austin Moss, of the Windmill Farm Railway. Billie, one of six built in Rhyl by Barnes for the Dreamland Miniature Railway in Margate, has not h
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Quarry Building Rediscovered – With Hopes To Rehome It
WHEN Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum in Rutland received an email from a local resident offering the Cottesmore venue a garden shed, it was subsequently revealed that this was no normal domestic outbuilding. It was found that a structure w
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Saphos Adds More Pacific Power With Duchess Heading The ‘Coronation Scot’
LMS Princess Coronation Pacific No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland will be hauling the Saphos Trains September 24-26 ‘Coronation Scot’ tour rather than motive power from the Locomotive Services Limited pool. Inaugurated in 1937, the‘Coronation Scot’ was
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In Brief
➜ UK service and emergency services personnel can now get a third off Severn Valley Railway tickets for a year. Marking Armed Forces Day on June 25, a new offer for Blue Light Card and Defence Discount Service card holders was launched for members of
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Main Line Itinerary
9 English Riviera Express High Wycombe, Kingswear and return. Diesel-hauled between High Wycombe and Taunton. Loco: TBA. ST 9 The End of Southern Steam London Victoria, Weymouth and return. Diesel-hauled Yeovil-Weymouth. Loco: 35028 Clan Line. RTC 9
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An Unexpected End To Hastings Diesels Tour
HASTINGS Diesels Ltd’s‘Jolly Fisherman’ railtour was cut short at Tunbridge Wells due to a fire alarm activation in motor coach No. 60116 Mountfield. The tour on Saturday, June 18, was on the outward journey from Hastings to Skegness when an engine-r
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Cabin Rebuild Signals Progress At Maam Cross As Lost Time Is Made Up
THE rebuild of Maam Cross signal cabin is nearing completion – signalling significant progress for the Connemara Railway Project, which aims to restore the station as the centrepiece of a working Irish rural railway station. Chairman Jim Deegan said
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Co-authors Reveal The Challenges Of Landmark Station Signs Publication
A 352-page publication that is set to be the definitive history of one of the enduring features of the steam era has been described by its co-author as “by far the most difficult and complex book I have ever been involved with.” Richard Furness, who
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Watercress Line receives Queen’s Award
THE Mid-Hants Railway has been honoured by receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award was made in recognition of the contribution by the railway’s dedicated volunteers to local communities over nearly 50 years. It is the highest hon
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Irish Museum Scores A First For Steam Loco Cab Simulator
THE first steam locomotive cab simulator in Ireland is to be built at Donegal Railway Heritage Centre thanks to a E17,695 grant from The Heritage Council. The cash will allow the heritage centre to build the cab which will incorporate digitally-opera
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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Gala Is Back – Two Years Late!
BARROW Hill Roundhouse has announced that it will hold its 150th anniversary gala on August 26-28. The much-anticipated event, which has been delayed for two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be a celebration of the BR-era open days that t
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Schoolchildren Admire Poplar As ‘Terrier’ Returns To Its Poplar Roots
PROUDLY wearing a livery it had not carried for more than 120 years, A1X ‘Terrier’ No. 70 Poplar, currently the oldest operational former BR steam locomotive in preservation, returned to its roots on June 15 – in Poplar, the east London district afte
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Locomotion’s Vibrant New Hall Celebrating ‘The Town That Changed The World’
THE National Railway Museum’s Locomotion ‘outreach station’ at Shildon has been granted planning permission for a new hall, allowing the venue to press ahead with the transformation planned for the site. Approved by Durham County Council’s planning c
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Severn Valley Now Has A New Monopoly On Games
THE Severn Valley Railway is branching out into the family games market with its own versions of Monopoly and Top Trumps. The games have been adapted to feature iconic locations like Victoria Bridge and Falling Sands Viaduct, and locomotives associat
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The Return Of TT 1:120 Scale Models
PECO paved the way for several manufacturer announcements after it revealed it was launching a new range of TT:120 scale products, starting off with streamline flexible track, medium radius turnouts, and a selection of building kits. TT was an histor
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Confession From Leading Railway Historian And Author At Book Launch
A LEADING Irish railway author and historian made a public confession at a launch of a new book on the County Donegal Railways – that it was his late father who caused the first part of the 3ft gauge system to close in 1947. Speaking at the launch of
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Jubilee Hauls Twice-delayed ‘Jubilee’ Trip!
TWICE postponed due to Covid-19, the Railway Touring Company finally ran a London-to-Buxton trip during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend on Saturday, June 4 – with an LMS Jubilee! Originally planned to use A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado throughout,
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‘Royal’ Britannia Trip Raises £60k For Struggling Railway Workers’ Charity Fund
ON Friday, June 3, the Railway Benefit Fund’s “most exciting fundraiser to date” took 250 passengers from Crewe to Windsor behind BR Standard Class 7 4-6-2 No. 70000 Britannia to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and raised £60,000 for the Cre
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A Great Western Affair On First Corwen Steam Trial Run
HOT on the heels of the diesel test runs, as reported last issue, the Llangollen Railway has run its first steam train into Corwen Central station as the site takes another step closer to opening to the public. It was an all-GWR affair when the offic
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