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Work Continues To Rebuild Line At HST Crash Location
REBUILDING of an embankment and bridge damaged when a ScotRail HST was derailed by a landslide south of Stonehaven on August 12 has been proceeding following the removal of the last of the damaged rail vehicles. Network Rail and its contractors have
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‘Polar Express’ Services Cancelled Because Of Covid-19 Restrictions
HERITAGE railways planning to run festive ‘Polar Express’ services this Christmas have had to inform customers the trains will not go ahead after organisers and licence holders, PNP Events, pulled the plug as a result of the continuing challenges of
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The Name Game
LOCOMOTIVES have carried names since the early days of railways, but if you follow the railwayana scene, you will be aware nameplates have become a sought after commodity. Many nameplate collectors buy original steam loco nameplates as part of an inv
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Tornado Launched ‘S&D200’ Countdown
DARLINGTON-BUILT Peppercorn ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado worked a special single-coach train over the route of the Stockton & Darlington (S&D) Railway on September 27 to mark 195 years of the world famous railway. The special carried local dignitaries as D
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Further Progress At Maam Cross As Temporary 3ft-gauge Line Is Completed
THE Connemara Railway Project’s (CRP) plan to return trains to the Midland Great Western Railway’s long-closed Galway to Clifden branch has taken another step forward with the completion of a temporary 3ft-gauge railway at Maam Cross. The narrow-gaug
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The Empress Makes Its Debut At Hastings Gala
THE 10¼in-gauge Hastings Miniature Railway held a gala on September 26-27, with resident locos joined by some visitors never seen on the line before. Making its debut was Bullock 4-6-2 No. 1002 The Empress, from the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway. Here,
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CLASS 03 No. 03079 returned to the Derwent Valley Light Railway from an extended visit to the North Tyneside Railway on September 22. Class 08 No. 08528, newly painted in BR green, has arrived from the Great Central Railway. ‘WESSEX Electric’ Class 4
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Booking Contacts
BEL – Belmond 0845 077 2222 IC – Intercity 0800 038 5364 MP – Midland Pullman 0800 038 5360 NB – Northern Belle 0844 840 4525 RTC – Railway Touring Company 01553 661500 SD - Steam Dreams 01483 209888 SR – Statesman Rail 0345 310 2458 ST – Saphos Trai
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Hamilton Depot Taken Over By Assenta Rail
ASSENTA Rail has taken a lease on a former level 4 depot at Hamilton. The company is a specialist in developing bespoke engineering solutions for the rail industry, and has been involved with the luxury ‘Royal Scotsman’. Assenta says it will be able
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TransPennine And Northern To Create Additonal Jobs
BOTH TransPennine (TPE) and Northern have announced recruitment schemes, which together will create 220 jobs. Northern is aiming to improve diversity levels within its workforce, and is recruiting 160 staff for a variety of roles, including station s
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SERCO has appointed Kathryn Darbandi managing director of its Anglo-Scottish Caledonian Sleeper operation. She replaces Ryan Flaherty, and will take up her post in January. Ms Darbandi is currently executive consultant (transformation and strategy) a
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Christmas Gift Guide
The story of building the Settle to Carlisle Railway from newspapers of  the time By David Occomore HERE is an unusual book with a ‘different take’ on our railway history. David Occomore has produced a very interesting piece of documentary historic
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Llangollen Chairwoman Resigns After Personal Attacks Over Corwen Project
THE Llangollen Railway found itself in turmoil at the end of September after all but one members of its governing boards resigned amid disagreements over the heritage aspects of the new Corwen station. Liz McGuinness, chairman of Llangollen Railway p
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Whitehead Museum Closed Again
THE RPSI made the reluctant decision to close its Whitehead Railway Museum for the second time at the beginning of October in light of the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland. An online statement issued on October 6 said: “We have
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Teignmouth Residents Reject ‘Excessive’ Sea Wall Scheme
NETWORK Rail’s proposals to remodel the Dawlish to Teignmouth line in Devon have suffered a setback after an ‘unprecendented’ response from local residents. Plans to move a 1.1-mile section of the line between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth seawards t
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Strathspey Railway’s Rare Shunter Restored
FORMER BR No. D2774 0-4-0DH was seen in operation at Boat of Garten, Strathspey Railway, on September 10. This was a rare use of this loco, which has been undergoing minor adjustments for the last couple of years following a major overhaul. It is one
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Covid-19
■ NOTE: This list was current at the time of writing in late October. However, the on-going uncertainty over Covid-19 may result in some or all trains being postponed or cancelled. Please check with the individual operators. ■ Tours may start and fin
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Avanti’s ‘Pride’ Train Named Progress
A COMPETITION to name Avanti West Coast’s colourful Pride locomotive has produced a winner. Railway engineer Edward Godfrey’s name Progress was chosen from more than 1,500 entries. Avanti West Coast launched the Pride loco back in August, using ‘Pend
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Govia Thameslink Doubles Number Of Applications From Female Drivers
GOVIA Thameslink Railway (GTR) has managed to double the number of female train driver applicants from 413 in 2019 to 825 in 2020 through a series of dedicated recruitment and marketing campaigns. Zoey Hudson, GTR’s head of talent, diversity and incl
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‘Duke’ Boiler Back In At Tyseley
THE highly anticipated return to main line action of unique BR ‘8P’ No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester next year was expected to move a step closer in late October with refitting of the boiler at Tyseley Locomotive Works. The boiler and rebuilt ashpan were
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Readers’ Platform
Send your letters to: The Railway Magazine, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6JR. email: railway@mortons.co.uk NB. Publication of a letter does not imply that the Editor or staff of The Railway Magazine necessarily agree with its conte
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Large Prairie Reaches New Buckfastleigh Home
THE newest addition to the South Devon Railway’s (SDR) steam fleet reached its Buckfastleigh workshops on October 8 with the arrival of Western Region ‘5101’ class 2-6-2T No. 4160. The 1948-built Large Prairie has been placed in the care of new custo
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Ennis Plaque Honours GSWR Hero
A PLAQUE commemorating the heroic exploits of Great Southern & Western Railway inspector Patrick Cullinan has been unveiled at Ennis station in County Clare. On November 16, 1905, Mr Cullinan saved the life of passenger Bridget Davis after she fell o
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PRESTON station’s historic roof has had its gable-end glazing replaced in a £600,000 project to refurbish and replace wooden frames with safer new aluminium frames and polycarbonate glazing. Last upgraded in the 1960s, the wooden frames on the listed
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The ‘Badger’ Returns Home To Barrow Hill
THE unique Class 89 No. 89001 – nicknamed the ‘Badger’ –was taken to its Barrow Hill base on October 13, following repaint by DB Cargo at Toton depot (RM Sept, p71). The 25kV electric loco was hauled by Cappagh Class 60 No. 60028 and is seen passing
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‘Lowest Figures’ As Pandemic Bites
RAIL freight tonnages continue to fall in the UK, with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reporting the lowest figures since records began in April-June 2020. Total freight moved was down to 3.16billion net tonne kilometres (ntk) and freight train kil
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Welsh Language Announcements On Avanti Trains
AVANTI West Coast has introduced Welsh language announcements and information displays on board its Class 221 services to and from North Wales. All 20 ‘Super Voyager’ trains have been modified with the work undertaken by Bombardier at their Central R
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Welsh Government Takes Control Of Franchise
IN a surprise move, the Welsh Government confirmed plans to bring the Wales & Borders rail operations under public control with ridership at just 5% of normal levels. Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates said the move would help
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First Resident Steam For Mountsorrel Centre
LEICESTERSHIRE’S Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre (MRCHC) will soon be able to add live steam shunting demonstrations to its growing list of attractions following the purchase of its own resident steam locomotive. Andrew Barclay 0-4-0S
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Talking Points
PETER Scott tells us (RM Oct, p49) that the Marylebone station announcers pronounce the name 'Marryb’n’, but that doesn’t make it correct. I agree with him that the Bakerloo Line announcements of ‘Marleybone’ must be wrong. But ‘Marryb’n’ sounds wron
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