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Bearing Up: The British Isles’ Newest Steam Locomotive
THE latest new-build steam locomotive in the British Isles has hauled its first public train on the Isle of Man’s Groudle Glen Railway (GGR). Unable to facilitate the permanent return of the 2ft gauge line’s original Bagnall 2-4-0T No. 1781 of 1905 P
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Patriot To Be Completed At Butterley
THE LMS-Patriot Company board has awarded the contract to complete No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior to the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT). The board’s decision to choose the PRCLT, based at the West Shed at the Midland Railway-Butterley, f
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Brigg Footbridge Rebuilt For Second Life In Wensleydale
A CHANCE conversation aboard a Wensleydale Railway train led to a classic Victorian footbridge being restored to its former glory. Darlington-based bridge builder Cleveland Bridge UK agreed to carry out the work after learning that the footbridge whi
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Knightsbridge Is Favourite Destination For Underground Collectors
UNDERGROUND platform roundel signs dominated the railwayana selection at Transport Auctions of London’s (TAL) sale in Croydon on June 29, with the best seller being Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line at £1500, followed in second place by Oxford Cir
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25 Years Of ‘Impossible’ Success! …and There’s More To Come!
It may seem hard to believe, but it’s 25 years since the construction of 101mph Peppercorn A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado – held by many to be a 21st-century equivalent of Flying Scotsman – officially started on Wednesday, July 13, 1994, at the then Br
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Production InterCity HST Enters The Heritage Sector 44 Years On
THE first production Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) power car has been displayed at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon, prior to taking its place in the National Collection. No. 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange was taken by low-loader to
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Hayling Seaside Railway Up For Sale For £310,000
THE Hayling Seaside Railway has been placed on the market for £310,000 by its founder Bob Haddock. The asking price for the mile-long seafront 2ft gauge line includes locomotives and all rolling stock, tools and machinery, the lease from Havant Borou
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Longest Ever Train On The Severn Valley?
SATURDAY, June 1 saw what is thought to have been the longest (and heaviest) train to run on the Severn Valley Railway when it received a 21-wagon consist over its Network Rail connection at Kidderminster. Consisting of 18 ‘Osprey’ track carriers and
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No Surprise As A4 Outpaces The Pack – But Three Others Get Into Five Figures
ABSOLUTELY no one in the hall at GW Railwayana’s July 13 sale at Pershore High School was surprised that nameplate Kingfisher from No. 60024 was the runaway winner, as reported in the news section of this issue – but three other plates at least also
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Now Let’s Help Get That Tender Behind The P2!
THE trust has announced that significant progress has been made in the construction of the 60 ton tender for No. 2007. The tender frames currently under construction by I D Howitt of Crofton, Wakefield are now fully erected; the baseplate for the ten
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Can Sherlock Holmes Or James Bond Solve This Severn Valley Mystery?
MYSTERY surrounding a‘hush hush’filming contract which closed part of the Severn Valley Railway in July led to wild speculation on social media. Public services between Monday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 17, were restricted to just the Bridgnorth
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Durango & Silverton Railroad Operator Faces $25 Million Lawsuit Over Wildfire
THE Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been accused in a lawsuit of starting one of the largest wildfires in the history of Colorado. According to the office of US Attorney Jason Dunn, federal investigators found that hot cinders from a st
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Repatriated Glyder Makes Debut In Home County
FORMER Durham Water Board Barclay E class 0-4-0WT Glyder – which ended up on the famous Penrhyn Quarry scrap line in 1965 – has returned to steam in its‘home’county following repatriation from the USA six years ago. No. 1994 of 1931, which was origin
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Nene’s Skills For The Future
If you’ve been fortunate enough to join a heritage line as a young volunteer, you’ll be only too aware that experiences gained there can put you in good stead for your future career and life in general. Opportunities abound to interact with a whole c
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Can We Afford Complete Stratford To Cheltenham Rail Route Reopening?
REOPENING the Stratford-upon-Avon to Cheltenham railway is a complex problem. In answer to Michael Brockington (Platform, issue 254) I suppose it depends which budget the cost comes out of. If it comes out of the heritage railway budget, the answer i
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Dawn Of The Capital’s Latest Heritage Line
LONDON’S newest heritage railway has carried its first passengers. The 2ft gauge Royal Arsenal Narrow Gauge Railway (RANG) is being built to take visitors to the Crossness Pumping Station in Bexley from the car park 800 yards away. Two years ago, the
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Classic Early-Victorian Main Line Railway Architecture Saved For Future Generations
AN early-Victorian main line station, lauded as one of the country’s finest examples of Gothic railway architecture, has received a major refurbishment that has preserved the building and ensured its survival for decades to come. The station is at Ba
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Help Get KESR’s ‘First’ Traction Running Again
FUNDING is needed to complete the four-decade-long restoration of one of the three surviving GWR railcars. One of a fleet of 38, W20W was built at Swindon in 1940 and when new it was allocated to Newport (Ebbw). Its final duties were from Worcester s
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Waterloo To Windsor Steam Trains Vindicated
STEAM Dreams’bold decision to run four steam trips to Windsor every Tuesday from June 4 up to and including Tuesday, September 3, has been vindicated by the public response. Both ‘Royal Windsor Steam Express’ departures from Waterloo and the evening
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FOR many, preserved railways catering is an important source of income. Arriving an hour before the first train of the day at a Midlands steam railway gala, I bought a ticket but found the cafe closed. I did buy a coffee before the train left but oth
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Cambrian Opens Extension At Oswestry
CAMBRIAN Heritage Railways (CHR) has opened a significant 295-yard extension to its operational passenger line in Oswestry and has removed the last major obstacle to running trains to Weston Wharf. Once regarded as an impediment to the re-opening of
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Major Extension Will Propel Mangapps Into The Big League
MANGAPPS Railway Museum owner John Jolly is celebrating the working venue’s 30th anniversary by unveiling an expansion project that will propel the Essex visitor attraction into a major player on the preservation scene. Under the scheme, on which wor
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‘Britain’s Busiest’ EMU Car Restored After Five Years
FOLLOWING a five-year cosmetic restoration, what is believed to be Britain’s busiest surviving rail vehicle – 2HAP two-car EMU No. 4308 – has been unveiled at the Locomotion Museum in Shildon, to mark its 60th birthday. Nicknamed ‘Project Commuter’,
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New Vintage Trains Announces Trips To Hereford, Bath, York And Chester
VINTAGE Trains has announced a series of charters for the rest of the year in its new brochure. The programme opens with, as reported last issue, a trip to Gloucester’s August 24‘retro’event which features music, vintage cars and vehicles, motorbikes
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At the turn of the century there were locomotive superintendents who had been in their jobs for over 30 years. Born soon after the dawn of the steam age, these engineers had designed engines that were modern and successful in their day, but 1870s-sty
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Young Volunteers Help Pave The Way
STEAM and the seaside have always been splendid bedfellows. Many of Britain’s traditional seaside resorts were created by railways, and as highlighted by our special feature in this edition, coastal heritage lines of all shapes and sizes today form a
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Jurassic Marks Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Anniversary With Sleeper Cake
THE Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (LCLR) celebrated the 10th anniversary of it reopening in Skegness on July 13. An iced wooden ‘cake’ was ‘fed’ to the line’s Peckett 0-6-0ST Jurassic at its Walls Lane station, in the Skegness Water Leisure Park i
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Gender Dilemma For Locomotive Owners And Museums After Signs Vandalised
THE Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM), which includes displays on railway-owned steamers, has decreed that ships, locomotives and other pieces of machinery will now be referred to in gender-neutral language. The words ‘she’and‘her’have now been official
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‘Starving’ Wartime Schoolboy Reunited With His Potato Railway Train At LCLR
AN 88-year-old pensioner who rode on one of Lincolnshire’s legendary potato farm railways as a 12-year-old schoolboy has been reunited with one of ‘his’ trains. In the school holidays in 1942/43, Peter Jarvis of Nottingham was drafted into the Linc
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The Most Famous Crosses The Longest
THE combination of the world’s most famous steam locomotive and the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in the UK made for something of a carnival atmosphere. Crowds gathered as A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman headed the Railway Touring Company’s se
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