The latest stage in the Corwen Central Railway Development Project has seen a major item of railway infrastructure installed at the station site in the form of a traditional style of parachute water tank, as used in the steam era.
Two 1960s-built diesel locomotives stepped in yesterday to carry passengers into the heart of the Lake District for the first time in two weeks, since the timetable chaos started with usual operator Northern Rail. The Department of Transport has agreed to fund the service, meeting the £5,500 daily cost of running the service, which will be running free of charge after Northern Rail scrapped its regular services.
New timetables were introduced across England on May 20 which has... read the full story
The legendary Hunslet 0-6-4ST NWNGR locomotive will travel to the beautiful Beddgelert station for the first time since the 1900s! Of course, the original ‘Beddgelert’ has long since passed to the ‘engine shed in the sky’, the visitor will be the impressive half-size locomotive built, following the original design, by David Curwen in the 1970’s and now resident on the Fairbourne Steam Railway. ‘Beddgelert’ is currently out of traffic pending the overhaul and boiler work needed to bring it... read the full story
In May 2016 the mid-Wales heritage line won a £42,500 Government Grant to improve access to its trains for wheelchair-bound visitors. The grant, announced by then Minister for Rail Claire Perry MP, was made as part of the £1 million Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition, run by the Challenge Fund of the Department for Transport and the Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB).
The Llanfair Line’s ‘Disability First’ project, combining carriage modifications and... read the full story
A first cousin to Her Majesty the Queen – and with an interest in heritage railways and steam locomotives – Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, visited the award-winning heritage line on Friday, 8 June, 2018, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, who is the Queen’s representative in the county.
The prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is regarded as the MBE, the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for voluntary groups.... read the full story
Jordan Bailey from Wymington has started a gofundme page with hopes of raising a target of £100,000 to bring the engine back to working condition. For the time being the Rushden Transport Museum will treat the locomotive to a new lick of paint over the summer, with long-term plans of a full restoration.
The locomotive was popular with children in the town who once used it as a climbing frame. But, in 1999, it was put it into the care of the Rushden Historic Transport Society (RHTS)... read the full story
The boiler for No. 2007 will be similar to that which was built by DB Dampflokwerk Meiningen, Germany for new Peppercorn A1 class No. 60163 Tornado in 2006/7, being a fully welded design with a steel firebox.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust owns the design rights to the boiler and it is intended that a number of minor modifications that have been applied to Tornado’s boiler since it was originally built will be incorporated into this design. The Trust has already sent the arrangement... read the full story
The royal guest will be travelling on a special train from Swanage to Corfe Castle on Friday, 8 June, 2018, in the company of the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, who is the Queen’s representative for the county.
Recognising excellence in voluntary activities by community groups, the citation for the Queen’s Award praises the Swanage Railway Trust for "developing the heritage railway to reinstate services between Swanage and Wareham for the benefit of the community."
The project to build Britain’s most powerful express passenger steam locomotive today announced that it had placed a £220,000 order with Stephenson Engineering Ltd of Atherton, Manchester for the heavy motion for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The order includes the forging, machining and heat treatment of the nine heavy motion rods - intermediate coupling rod LH/RH, trailing coupling rod LH/RH, leading couple rod LH/RH, outside connecting rod LH/RH and the inside connecting... read the full story
Slaggyford Specials will run on both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June leaving Alston at 10:45, 13:15 and 15:15. Tickets for these special trains must be purchased in advance through the website www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk
Return tickets for these historic journeys, the first since the line closed in 1976, will be priced at £13 for adults and £5 for children aged 1-15 and will be available to pre book from 9.00 a.m Wednesday... read the full story
The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity and builders of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at... read the full story