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The Models That Made The Steam Age
THE term ‘model railways’immediately conjures up visions of the beautiful scale miniatures produced for the mass market by the likes of Hornby and Bachmann. Yet in so many cases in the history of early steam railways, it was pioneer steam engineers w
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Competition To Design The National Railway Museum Of The Future Begins
ARCHITECTS are being invited to compete to produce the design for the new £16.5million Central Hall at the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York. The scheme is part of the NRM’s £55m Vision 2025 masterplan and will link the two ‘halves’ of the museum
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Are Any BR Standard Parts Hidden In Your Garage Or Garden?
A NATIONWIDE‘check your garages and storeooms’plea has been sounded by Toddington Standard Locomotive Limited (TSLL) – the owner and restorer of BR Standard 4 2-6-0 No. 76077 – which is searching for major components that ‘went missing’after the engi
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Railway Manager’s Grandson Donates To Drumboe Fund
THE fundraising drive to bring County Donegal Railways (CDR) Class 5 2-6-4T Drumboe home to Donegal, to mark the 60th anniversary of the closure of the line in December 1959, has received a major boost thanks to a €20,000 donation from the grandson o
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ORR ‘Restricts’ Yeovil Railway Centre Coach After Collision
RESPONDING to a reported incident, an Office of Rail and Road (ORR) inspector has examined the circumstances in which a train carrying passengers was in collision with a stationary box van on the Yeovil Railway Centre’s running line. To clarify the s
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Strabane’s One-man Railway Museum Founder Pat Gillespie Dies At 102
STRABANE’S one-man railway museum founder died on Saturday, August 27, aged 102. Pat Gillespie, of Railway Road, vowed to keep the memory of the once-bustling busy Strabane station alive, it once having been the junction for the Great Northern Railwa
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GWS ‘Night Owl’ Project Needs £10k For Cylinders
THE Great Western Society’s project to build new GWR Churchward 47XX‘Night Owl’2-8-0 No. 4709 has made an appeal for funds to cast new cylinders. The cylinder block is pictured attached to the chassis inside the Llangollen Railway workshops. It came
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Donate The Past To Build The Future G5 Engine
THE builders of the NER G5 0-4-4T No. 1759 are appealing for donations of railwayana to help complete the locomotive. The Shildon-based G5 Locomotive Company wants to amass unwanted railway relics which can then be auctioned to raise money to complet
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Clan Line: 25 Years Of Air-braked Excellence
SEPTEMBER marked the 25th anniversary of both the completion of work to fit air-braking to 1948-built Bulleid Pacific No. 35028 Clan Line, and the first time it hauled the VSOE Pullman, now the Belmond British Pullman. Indeed, Clan Line was the first
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Corwen Central: Closer By The Week
MID-SEPTEMBER saw a major step forward with preparation of the final section of the trackwork at the Llangollen Railway’s Corwen Central station site. After the infilled section of the former gap had been consolidated and successfully plate tested, t
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Returnees Make Moorsline’s Autumn Gala The Biggest Ever
HOPES were rising that BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92134 could make its heritage-era debut during the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s September 26-29 autumn steam gala. The showpiece event is set to be the biggest event of its kind in the line’s histor
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Veteran Seaman Reboards A Merchant Navy In Toddington
THE centenary of the Merchant Navy was celebrated in style by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on September 3. Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental SN Co was specially decorated with a spectacular and appropriate head
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Now Nene Valley Set To Trip The Christmas Lights Fantastic Too!
THE Nene Valley Railway has become the latest heritage line to announce a programme of illuminated Christmas trains following the stunning success of the Dartmouth Steam Railway’s (DSR) venture in the last festive season. The line has now followed th
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With Full Regulator Locomotive Performance Then And Now
THE UK Railtours’Atlantic Coast Express (ACE) on August 10 had been eagerly awaited by Southern fans, having been postponed from June 29 due to crewing issues. It was a trip not to be missed as it was the only non-Belmond charter this year for reason
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The Great Stage And Film Set Of Them All?
IF only through Shakespeare and his contemporaries like Johnson and Marlowe, Britain led the world in drama and the performing arts. Today, our country also offers one of the greatest stages of all, in the form of the heritage railway sector. At ever
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Happy Endings For Bodmin Loco Shed’s Prickly Finds
A PAIR of hedgehogs that found themselves in a highly hostile, oil-rich environment in the form of the Bodmin General engine shed inspection pit have been safety returned to the wild. In August, the pair made their way into the pit, only to be found
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Tornado Back On The Valley
PEPPERCORN A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado is to make a return visit to the Severn Valley Railway this autumn. The 101mph heritage era record setter will run on the line on November 9, 10, 17 and 24, hauling two services out of Kidderminster and two j
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Success For Inaugural Intake Of Ff&WHR Trainees
THE first batch of trainees taken on at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways’(Ff&WHR) Skills for the Future scheme with the aid of a £454,500 National Lottery Heritage Fund have now passed out. In January last year, the Ff&WHR was awarded the gra
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Your Railway Needs You!
British summertime is drawing to an end and so too is the main operating season at many of the smaller railways. Although many run reduced services during the winter, it doesn’t mean that you have to find something else to occupy your time: more volu
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Britain’s Newest Heritage Railway Gives First Rides
CROWLE Peatlands Railway in Lincolnshire gave its first rides in mid-September as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days. Cab rides in the 3ft-gauge line’s sole operating locomotive, Schöma 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic No. 5220 The Thomas Buck, were off
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Could Garsdale-Hawes Trackbed Become A Cyclepath?
PUBLIC money is set to be spent on a study to convert the disused Midland Railway Garsdale-Hawes trackbed – part of the Wensleydale Railway’s original scheme to create a 40-mile trans-Pennine heritage line – into a cycleway. The six-mile line, which
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Original West Donegal Railway Wagon To Be Restored
A 138-year-old combined goods and cattle wagon is being restored by County Donegal Railway Restoration Limited (CDRRS) at its Donegal Town base. The wagon was built by Oldbury in 1881 for the opening of the West Donegal Railway’s 3ft-gauge line bet
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Chinnor Murder Mystery Steam Train In Near Miss With Drunken Trespasser
A REAL-life death was narrowly averted when the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway ran an after-dark Murder Mystery train – and a drunken man decided to take a short cut along the line from the pub. The heavily intoxicated man was walking two mil
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Under The Cover Of Darkness
In late October 2018, rumours were circulating that the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s filming job on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR). What this actually was – a TV programme or film – was not known, because there was a great
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Do You Understand The Risk?
It’s no exaggeration to say that when it became public knowledge that the Office of Road & Rail (ORR) made a suggestion that droplights – otherwise known as opening windows – might be sealed up if there was deemed to be a safety risk, many reacted wi
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Lottery £58k Boost For East Somerset Station Refurbishment
THE East Somerset Railway (ESR) has scooped £58,700 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to add a museum at its Cranmore base – while making the station more dementia friendly. The project focuses on renovating and refurbishing Cranmore’s 1858 sta
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