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New Chairmen And £147k Grant For Llangollen
THE Welsh Government has awarded £147,860 in grant aid to the Llangollen Railway from its Cultural Recover Fund. Most of the grant is to be used to pay for operational costs following the loss of income from services during the pandemic, and will als
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Protesters Won The Day
MORE than 5000 objections had been lodged against the Dewley Hill plans and a petition against it had been signed by more than 19,000 people. Friends of the Earth north-east campaigner Simon Bowens said: “Opencast coal doesn’t just threaten our lan
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World’s Biggest Mallet Locomotive Now Running Again After Mammoth Effort
THE world’s biggest operating Mallet articulated locomotive, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s Chesapeake & Ohio compound H6 class 2-6-6-2 No. 1309, made its first move under its own power in 64 years on December 31, at the conclusion of a six-y
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Spares Boost For Dean Forest Railway Heritage Railcar Fleet
THE Dean Forest DMU Group has purchased Class 108 Nos. W50632 and W52044 from the Gwent DMU Group, which will provide valuable components for the Gloucestershire heritage line. The cars entered preservation in 1994 at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Rail
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Steam From North And South Shines In Casserley Collection Part II Sale
North Eastern Region steam at various locations, including all four Hull engine sheds, Dairycoates, Botanic Gardens, Springhead and Alexandra Dock. Prices exclude buyer’s premium of 15% (+ VAT). The live online, internet, telephone and commission sal
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‘Lizzie’ Set To Tackle Shap
CURRENTLY drained down and under cover at Carnforth, LMS Princess Royal Pacific No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth is already being booked for some notable runs in the coming months. Top of the 4-6-2’s list are six trips with the‘Northern Belle,’all of wh
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King Of The Light Railways
Colonel Holman Fred Stephens carved out a unique career of planning, building and managing budget railways to serve towns, villages and sparsely-populated rural communities long overlooked by the main line companies, but at a time when the curtain wa
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Kerr Stuart Steam Locomotives To Star In Corris And Talyllyn Anniversary Galas
A SERIES of special celebrations this spring to mark the centenary of ex-Corris and current Talyllyn Railway (TR) locomotive No. 4 promises to be bigger and better – with the announcement that more rolling stock is to be involved in the festivities.
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The Last Man Standing!
THE last passenger services run in the heritage sector after the Government’s post-Christmas Tier adjustments, followed by the third all-England lockdown announced on January 4, were on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway the day before. Although fin
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Ian Riley buys Heritage Painting
HIGHLY-RATED relivery specialist contractor Heritage Painting has been acquired by Riley & Sons of Heywood. As reported in issue 274, owner of the Darwen-based company, former RAF pilot and self-taught painter Ian Hewitt, 42, who began his work in th
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Lifelong Rail Enthusiast Appointed Chairman Of The GER Society
LIFELONG railway enthusiast Brian Watson, whose early memories are of steam on London sheds during trainspotting visits organised by the Junior Locospotters Club of Great Britain, has been appointed acting chairman of the GER Society. Born in 1948, B
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So How Did This Ticket Rack Find Its Way From Minehead Across The Atlantic To California?
A TRANSATLANTIC mystery as to how a vintage ticket cabinet from Minehead station ended up in an antique shop storeroom in southern California has baffled West Somerset Railway (WSR) volunteers. A dusty, wooden roll-fronted cupboard photographed hangi
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Main Line Itinerary
Liverpool Lime Street, Carlisle & return. Steam-hauled: Liverpool Lime Street, Carlisle, Carnforth. Loco: No. 60103 Flying Scotsman. WCR Worcester Shrub Hill, Holyhead & return. Steam-hauled: TBA. Loco: TBC. ST Ealing Broadway, York & return. Ste
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FURTHER to the article by Geoff Courtney in last month’s issue about the Grosmont to Goathland line station of Beck Hole in NorthYorkshire, I would like to draw attention to the work that has recently been carried out on the trackbed that is now a po
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Help The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Steam To Its Centenary
IN AN all-out bid to recover from a severe drop in income caused by Covid-19 restrictions, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has launched a three-pronged appeal to help it survive to its centenary in 2027. The railway, which found itself in Tie
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Trevithick Day Cancelled Again
CORNWALL’S annual celebration in honour of steam railway locomotive inventor RichardTrevithick has been cancelled for the second year running due to the pandemic. Camborne’s Trevithick Day was due to have taken place on April 24. A spokesman said: “W
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Railway Tunnel Reopens Half A Century After The Last Train Passes
A RAILWAY tunnel in the Lake District that was closed and filled in nearly 50 years ago has reopened, although its traffic will now be walkers and cyclists rather than trains. It is the 92-yard Bobbin Mill tunnel, known locally as‘Big Tunnel’and a fe
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Historic Blackpool Trams Join Trust Collection
BLACKPOOL trams Brush Railcoach No. 625 and Balloon car No. 726 have both been acquired from their private owner Matt Lodge by the Fylde TransportTrust. While both cars – which are in need of restoration – do not feature in current plans for Blackpoo
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83-year-old Heads The Charts In Vectis Model Railway Sale
AN 83-year-old Hornby O-gauge ‘Golden Arrow’clockwork trainset was the top railway model seller in a Vectis railwayana, railway books and models auction on December 11, with a realisation of £1500. Dating from 1938, it comprised Southern Railway No.
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Hastings Diesels Considers Resumption Of Main Line Day Excursions
HASTING Diesels Limited (HDL) shelved its entire rail tour programme plans for 2020, which included an early April visit to Alton and the Mid Hants Railway. The decision was taken because of the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from an
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The Steam Engines Of Wartime Europe
By the late 1930s, a second war in Europe was becoming inevitable. Preparations in both Germany and Britain included the construction of new steam locomotives. Initially both countries adapted an existing heavy freight design for their chief war engi
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Huge Railwayana Find Surfaces After Five Decades Below The Radar
A LARGE previously-unknown collection of mainly GWR railwayana, which has avoided the detection of the usually finely-tuned railwayana collectors’radar for more than five decades, has been unearthed in a modest semi-detached house in Somerset. Its co
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View From The First Heritage Line
THE last coal mine in Wales that produces steam coal, at Ffos-y-fran, Merthyr Tydfil, is due to be closed next year. Stuart Williams, general manager of the Talyllyn Railway, the world’s first line to be taken over by volunteers 70 years and which in
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Public Support Boosts Llangollen Prairie Overhaul
WORK on returning two of the Llangollen Railway’s (LR) resident steam locomotives to action continues and the planning of a third is at an advanced stage – while two BR steam locomotives are set to leave the line in the coming weeks. Well-wishers hav
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RAIB Completes Mid-Norfolk Crossing Collision Investigation
THE Railway Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has completed its preliminary investigation into the December 10 incident on the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s (MNR) Norwich Road level crossing in Dereham, in which the centre car of a newly-delivered Class 1
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LNER And GWR Form Top Three As Vintage Posters Go Under The Hammer
AS REPORTED in last month’s column, a 1928 LNER poster of Bamburgh Castle by William Russell Flint went for £9200 in Onslows’ live online vintage poster auction on November 26, but there was plenty of action below, led by a 1930 GWR issue featuring S
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With Full Regulator Locomotive Performance Then And Now
THIS time I am again including diverse performances to widen the scope of my column in these dark times, starting with the continuation of the run from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh as part of Steam Dreams’ ‘The Highlands and Islands Explorer’in May
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Continuing Seven Decades Of Excellence
SEVERAL hundred negatives from the collection of the late renowned railway photographer Henry Cyril (H C) Casserley have been added to the award-winning Narrow Gauge Railway Museum’s archive at Tywyn. The negatives of views taken by H C Casserley and
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Collett Carriages Star In Snowy Severn Valley, Until…
THE Severn Valley Railway (SVR) pulled out all the stops to ensure its festive services went ahead – only to be beaten by the Government’s tier system. Before and after Christmas, serious measures were undertaken by the railway to reduce costs yet st
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Boiler Returned To ‘Cider’ Locomotive At Yeovil
THE overhaul of Yeovil Railway Centre’s Peckett 0-4-0ST No. 1579 of 1921 Pectin took a major step forward as the boiler was reunited with the chassis before Christmas, after a prolonged spell with the boilersmith. The current Covid-19 restrictions
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