It was in 1942 that Ian Allan, then working in the publicity department of the Southern Railway under Cuthbert Grasemann, published the first edition of his ‘Abc’ series on Southern Locomotives. The first edition rapidly sold out, although he faced stern opposition from the Southern’s CME Oliver Bulleid — a story which was narrated in some detail in Ian Allan’s autobiography Driven by Steam (which was published in 1992 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first ‘Abc’). This... read the full story
Narrow gauge is, not unexpectedly, to the fore with layouts including one based on the Isle of Man Steam Railway in 4 mm scale recreating part of the closed Peel to Douglas section, a small 009 set up, plus ‘Cwm Aber’ depicting a Welsh seaside village and its 009 line, and in contrast a 32 mm layout built especially for the Exhibition using radio control in a small area. Another 16 mm layout, “Walmer Bridge”, will feature live steam and some battery powered diesel locomotive models.
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Stunned passengers on a Norden to Swanage steam train watched in amazement as Mark IIc Hurricane No PZ865 — belonging to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight — made two passes over the heritage line south of Corfe Castle just before 5pm on Saturday, 27 June, 2015.
The fighter was the last of 14,533 Hurricanes to be built for the Air Ministry and rolled off the Hawker production line at Langley in Buckinghamshire during July 1944, with the inscription ‘The Last of the Many’ on its... read the full story
The railway has received the major components of No 130 at Dinas with a view to seeing the restored locomotive in service over the 25-mile line in 2018.
No 130, which was one of a batch of 12 built for South Africa by Beyer Peacock in 1951, was withdrawn from operation in South Africa in 1985, having last been used on the line from Harding to Port Shepstone. It was initially brought to Britain in the 1990s for the proposed — but never progressed — line between Robin Hoods Bay and... read the full story
There are five guest locomotives scheduled to visit the line. These are Class 20 No 20020, Class 26 No 26038, Class 37 No 37025, Class 47 No 47643 and Class 73 No 73001. In addition there is a further locomotive scheduled to come from the Devon & Cornwall Railway.
These locomotives will be operating alongside the ELR’s own fleet of diesel locomotives. These are scheduled to be two Class 14s (Nos D9531 and D9537), Class 33 No 33109, Class 35 No D7076, Class 37 No 37418 and Class 40... read the full story
Revised timetables and services will be in place on the Blue and Purple Supertram routes during the improvements, from 29 June until 28 August.
Dedicated B8 and P8 bus services will replace trams between Gleadless Townend, Herdings Park and Commercial Street in the City Centre. Supertram will operate a normal Yellow Route service from Meadowhall to Middlewood.
Improvements to the track on South Street Bridge (Sheffield station), City Road, Hollinsend Road and Gleadless Townend... read the full story
The project will see new crash barriers installed to prevent structural damage if any of the bridges are hit by a car or a lorry.
This will help Nexus to reduce the amount of operating delays which occur when vehicles hit a Metro bridge and services have to be halted or slowed down while engineers are called out to check the structure has not been damaged.
The bridges to get the new crash barriers are Monksway bridge, near Bede Metro station, the Hill Street bridge in Jarrow and... read the full story
Staff from Metrolink operator RATP Dev and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) celebrated the milestone this morning, after a busy two weeks getting the tram ready for its first run out.
Tram (3)100 — which arrived in Manchester from Vienna last week — has been kitted out with its full Metrolink livery, including more than 7,000 of the distinctive fade out yellow ‘dots’ and has undergone rigorous final testing before it is commissioned onto the network.
Metrolink is now the... read the full story
The company intends to construct the terminal to serve its existing facility just south of Cannock station with the aim of operating up to six trains per day to and from the south coast. Two of the trains would operate at night and the services would link the facility to container terminals at Southampton and Felixstowe.
The plans had been objected to by local residents and by the property developer St Modwen; the latter was hoping to develop an estate of some 83 homes on an adjacent... read the full story
The beer festival is held on the embankment at Kingswear and has uninterrupted, panoramic views of the River Dart. In 2014 there were some 37 ales (and a few ciders) to choose from and there was live music and a BBQ too!
In connection with the Festival, the railway is operating a two-set service featuring the operation of two ‘Manor’ class 4-6-0s. Alongside the line’s resident No 7827 Lydham Manor is No 7820 Dinmore Manor, which is on loan at the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway from... read the full story