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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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‘Middy’ Builds Upon Its Triple Anniversary By Doubling Length
THE Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is aiming to open the extension that will more than double the length of its running line next year. The railway hopes to complete the 550-yard extension from Dovebrook to a new station, Aspall Halt, during the winter, a
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Lancashire Glory
The weekend of June 18/19 saw the East Lancashire Railway mark the centenary of the merging of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the London North Western Railway companies with a gala that saw the sole-operating LNWR locomotive – Webb Coal Tank
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Sad Farewell To Popular New-build Powerhouse Chris
TRIBUTES have been paid to new-build locomotive trustee and fundraiser Chris Proudfoot, who was found dead at Holyhead station in May. Chris, 71, who had trained as a teacher and taught languages, lived locally. He was a director of the 82045 Steam L
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New Community Arts Project At Locomotion
MORE than 100 schoolchildren and groups from throughout the region visited Locomotion in June to participate in a new community arts project under the banner of Our Line Connections. The project celebrates shared connections in the community, and inv
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Mid-Norfolk Runs First Passenger Service Trains North Of Dereham
THE Mid-Norfolk Railway has relaunched its 2022 running season with the first passenger service to run north of Dereham since BR closed the line in October 1964. The new service will see two trains travel north each day to Hoe Crossing as part of the
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Brunel’s SS Great Western in Bristol £20m tourism rebuild
A REPLICA of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s pioneering transatlantic paddle steamer SS Great Western is to be built from scratch as the focal point of a new £20 million tourist attraction in Bristol alongside the SS Great Britain. The National Lottery Her
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Foxfield Appeal After Vandals Smash Pacer Windows
FOXFIELD Railway supporters are rallying round to raise cash to repair a recently-acquired Class 142 ‘Pacer’ DMU which had 24 windows smashed in the third vandal attack in a week. The intruders also broke signals and stole a CCTV camera after ripping
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TV Stardom For NRM ‘Cleaners’
THE National Railway Museum is to star in a new TV series on More4 this summer. Cleaning Britain’s Greatest Treasures will follow the museum’s conservation team as they clean and maintain the 1906-built NER/LNER Dynamometer Car and Queen Victoria’s 1
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Operational Heritage Lines And Museums
Amberley Museum 2ft gauge, ¼ mile. Arundel, West Sussex. Tel: 01798 831370. Open:Weds-Suns. Bluebell Railway Standard gauge, 11 miles. Sheffield Park, East Sussex TN22 2QL. Tel: 01825 720800. Running: Tues-Suns. Daily from July 12. Bredgar & Wormshil
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How Loughborough’s New Bridge Will Look
HIGH quality computer visualisations of the new bridge to carry the Great Central Railway over the A60 at Loughborough have been produced. As reported in issue 293, an all-new bridge opposite the town’s Brush Works is to be built in October at a cost
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Clun Castle replays Landmark Trip From Half A Century Ago
ON Saturday, June 11, 1972, after an absence of four years, steam returned to British Rail’s main line network as BR(W) 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle hauled the first public excursion following the lifting of the steam ban. Fifty years to the date after
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The Wellington, Much Wenlock & Craven Arms Railway
By Adrian Knowles (hardback, Lightmoor Press, 308pp, £50, ISBN 9781911038993). MANY hail today’s South Devon Railway as perfect an example as you might reasonably expect of a quintessential GWR country branch line today. This stunning volume opens a
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