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The New Minehead Millionaire!
AN £865,000 Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage grant – added to £312,271 which the West Somerset Railway and its supportive associations have already raised – means that the line now has £1,177,271 to weather the current storm and work towards reopen
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‘Bubblecar’ To Bolster Great Central Railway First Generation DMU Fleet
THE Great Central Railway’s (GCR) diesel multiple unit pool has been boosted following the arrival of Class 122 ‘Bubblecar’ No. 55009 from the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR). The part-restored single-car unit is now in the custodianship of Renaissance R
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Mid-Hants Launches ‘World First’ Lights Train
THE Mid-Hants Railway has launched a new seasonal attraction which claims to take the ‘train of lights’ concept one stage further using LED technology. The Watercress Line has joined the growing number of heritage lines running illuminated Christmas
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Grave Headstone Reveals History Of A Proud Rural Stationmaster
IT IS A 104-year-old headstone that at first glance appears no different to the many others in the quiet cemetery of Hovingham, a picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. More detailed inspection reveals, however, an unusual engr
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Extended Deltic Cab Back
THE surviving cab of Class 55 No. 55008 The Green Howards was returned to the Deltic Preservation Society depot at Barrow Hill on October 14. The cab has been with Crowle Wharf Engineering near Scunthorpe, which has worked with the society to extend
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Tornado launches Stockton & Darlington 2025 celebrations
PEPPERCORN A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado – a steam icon of the 21st century – hauled a private tour along the route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway to kick-start the build-up to global celebrations to mark a defining moment of the 19th century. D
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Post-date Your Peckett Into Preservation!
HORNBY’S charming OO scale ready-to-run Peckett 0-4-0ST has gained a reputation as a reliable performer – and now its possibilities have been expanded, thanks to an adaptation kit from Planet Industrials. The prototype Peckett W series spanned 40 odd
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Severn Valley Steam 2019
(DVD/Blu-Ray, Steam Valley Productions, www.steamvalley productions.com info@ steamvalleyproductions.com 07875 556615, 2hrs 37mins, DVD £15, Blu-Ray £20, both plus p&p). Matt Fielding has again excelled to produce another video diary of a year in th
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Grant Assures Watercress Line’s Future
WINCHESTER MP Steve Brine has welcomed a £600,000 grant made to the nearby Mid-Hants Railway (MHR). The latest award, from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, comes on top of the £250,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant announced earlier in
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Manx Electric Contract Welders Jailed For Covid-19 Rules Breach
FIVE welders from Doncaster who were travelling to work on the Manx Electric Railway were jailed for 14 days for breaking the Isle of Man’s strict coronavirus regulations. Under the rules, the five were required to self isolate for 14 days and once h
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Three New Trustees And Surprise Gift Boost Minehead Trust
A WELL-wisher has given £30,000 to the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust (WSSRT) after visiting the closed line in October. The surprise but welcome gift from Jamie Hooper from Worthing – worth a total of £37,500 with Gift Aid – will be used to compl
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Top award for London Transport Museum’s Hidden London exhibition
LONDON Transport Museum has carried off a top national award for its Hidden London exhibition. The Covent Garden venue won the Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year category at the 18th annual Museums + Heritage Awards on September 22. For
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New Seaside Start For Sandsend
CARRIAGES are to return to a long-disused railway line near Whitby after more than 60 years – but as holiday rather than passenger accommodation. Scarborough Council planning officers have now approved an application by the Mulgrave Estate to site
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Union Of South Africa Relocates To East Lancs
HAVING been stabled at the National Railway Museum in York since the spring, John Cameron’s A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa finally departed for the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) on October 13. No. 60009 was hauled to Bury by a West Coast Railwa
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SONS OF THUNDER HG Ivatt’s Pioneering Main Line Diesels
THE breaking up of H G Ivatt’s Co-Co diesel-electric No. 10000, along with sister locomotive No. 10001 in 1968, was one of the most disastrous decisions in railway preservation history. They were the true pioneers of Britain’s main line diesel age, a
Heritage Railway1 min lettiAnthropology
Final Journey: The Untold Story of Funeral Trains
By Nicolas Wheatley (softback, The History Press, www.thehistorypress. co.uk 304pp, £20, ISBN 9780750994330). Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway volunteer and retired solicitor, Nicolas Wheatley has produced what may well be a first-ever volume
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Hollycombe Gets £1 Million In Double Grant Aid
HAMPSHIRE’S Hollycombe Working Steam Museum has been awarded £895,000 by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to ensure that it can safely reopen for its 50th anniversary year in 2021. The venue at Iron Hill near Liphook, which has a quarter-mile s
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Positive Virus Test At SVR Loses 70 Working Days
ONE of the Severn Valley Railway’s engineering staff has tested positive for Covid-19, resulting in the entire engineering shift of nine staff having to self-isolate, a loss of 70 working days in total and wages having to be paid by the railway with
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Santa Specials With A Socially-distanced Twist
THE Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway has announced additional running days for 2020, as well as a series of ‘Santa Experience’ trains. Trains will run over the weekends of November 7/8, 14/15 and 21/22, with the new socially-distanced Santa train
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Bulleid Pacific’s Boiler Lifted For The First Time In 61 Years!
ON OCTOBER 2, the boiler belonging to Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35011 General Steam Navigation was lifted from the frames for the first time since 1959, representing a key milestone in the 4-6-2’s restoration at the Swindon & Cricklade Railwa
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Robert Stephenson Statue Flies Into Safe Storage
EUSTON’S Grade II-listed statue of railway pioneer Robert Stephenson has been craned out and removed for safe storage while the station undergoes its major HS2 redevelopment. The 150-year-old bronze monument to Robert, the son of ‘father of the railw
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More Progress On The Duke
PROGRESS continues to be made on No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester, which is currently under overhaul for main line service at Tyseley Locomotive Works. Reporting “some good news in these difficult times,” Trevor Tuckley, chairman of BR Class 8 Steam Loco
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He Got Us Into Bewdley... But He Planned To Sell Off Bridgnorth Station!
By 1971, the opening of the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) hugely captured the imagination of the public of the adjacent West Midlands conurbation. Two years after steam haulage ended on the national network, local people could again not only thrill at
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Scottish Main Lines Edinburgh to Inverkeithing
By Dennis A Lovett and Allan McLean (hardback, Middleton Press, 96pp, £18.95, ISBN 9781910356425). THE outstanding feature of this route is undoubtedly the magnificent 1890 Forth Bridge. There is excellent coverage of the Rosyth Naval Dockyard Bran
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Handouts For Norfolk Standard Gauge Trio
THREE heritage lines in Norfolk have received Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage grants. The North Norfolk Railway has been awarded £360,000, on top of the £46,000 it received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund prior to reopening on July 8 fol
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Vale Of Rheidol Completes £531k Carriage Shed
THE Vale of Rheidol Railway’s (VoR) new £531,000 Aberystwyth museum collection and heritage rolling stock protection shed has been completed. The state-of-the-art structure can accommodate the equivalent of 36 VoR bogie carriages on its three roads i
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Prison Railway To Be Recreated In Miniature
PETERHEAD Prison Museum is to unveil a model railway as its latest attraction next Easter. The model will be a scale replica of the railway that ran between the Victorian prison and granite quarry 2½ miles south of Peterhead, where the inmates toil
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Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award For Swindon’s STEAM Museum
STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon has won a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award – placing it in the top 10% of attractions worldwide. The museum, which has earned Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last five years, reope
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Cumbria Coal Mine Go-ahead Offers Hope For Heritage
THE controversial granting of planning permission for Britain’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years, offers fresh hope for the heritage railway sector, it has been claimed. Cumbria County Council’s planning committee has voted 12-3 to approve plan
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Tornado To Head ‘Twin’ Tours With Flying Scotsman
TICKETS are now on sale for next year’s trips hauled by A1 Class Pacific No. 60163 Tornado – including its first departures from Hull and Glasgow, circular tours in the North East, plus special tours over the Settle and Carlisle line with Flying Scot
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