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Nottingham Trams Memorabilia Donated To Crich
TRAMbuffers and old signs have been donatedbyNottinghamTrams Limited, the operator of Nottingham Express Transit (NET), to Crich TramwayVillage, hometo the National TramwayMuseum. Nottingham Trams operations manager Trevor Stocker said that passing o
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Severn Valley Marks Pannier Tank’s 50 Years On The Railway
THE SevernValley Railway held a special celebration to markhalfacenturysince GWRpannierNo. 5764wasdelivered to the heritage line straightout of service. Built at Swindon in 1929, No. 5764 spent 31 years working for the GWR and BR, largely hauling emp
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Saphos Trains To Run Steam Tour From Carnforth To The Severn Valley Railway
SAPHOS Trains is to run a tour from Carnforth to the Severn Valley Railway on Wednesday, July 21. Picking up at Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay, Hartford, Crewe and Shrewsbury, the‘Severn Valley Enterprise’hea
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Corris Railway joins Great Little Trains of Wales group
THECorrisRailway has brought membershipof the GreatLittleTrains of Walesuptoadozen. GLTW secretary Ray Reid said: “The GLTW was started in 1970 to encourage visitors to come toWales in general and to ride the narrowgauge railways in particular. The a
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Pensioner Dragged 30ft By Car While Tackling Model Locomotive Thieves
POLICE have appealed for information leading to the recovery ofaMaxitrak5in gaugeSECR R1 class 0-6-0TNo. 335 after itwas stolenfrom its 75-year-oldowner. Retired civil servant Paul Kenny, a former head of safety and monitoring for defence and ammunit
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J27and ‘Caley’ 0-6-0inOO-scale
TWO classic pre-Grouping 0-6-0 tender engines – the North Eastern Railway J27 and Caledonian Railway Class 812 – will soon be available ready-to-run for the first time. Oxford Rail is producing the J27, while Bachmann is modelling preserved CR 0-6-0
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Tender Of Moorsline’s WD2-10-0 Dame Vera Lynn Prepared For Overhaul
WORK to overhaul the tender ofWD 2-10-0No. 3672 DameVera Lynn is underwayat the NorthYorkshire Moors Railway. As this issue went to press, the tender of the 1944-built North British locomotivewas being prepared at Grosmont shed for haulage by rail to
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High Speed Train Coaches Preserved At Colne Valley
THREEBRMk.3coaches fromaHigh SpeedTrain have enteredpreservation at theColneValleyRailway, along with a former GreaterAnglia DrivingVanTrailer. Neil Bunt, who retired as a driver with Greater Anglia in May last year, has purchased the Mk.3 stock –Tra
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In Brief
THE Association for Industrial Archaeology has made a £20,000 grant towards the restoration of Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 1539 of 1924 Derek Crouch at the Nene Valley Railway. As detailed last issue, the locomotive is being restored by the Small Loc
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Stockton & Darlington Trackside Pub To Become A Sainsbury’s
ACONTROVERSIAL plan to bulldoze part of a 190-year-old public house standing alongside the trackbed of the Stockton&Darlington Railway to makeway for a Sainsbury’s convenience store has been approved by members of Darlington Borough Council’s plannin
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Chatham Coach And Midland Crane Into Works At IoWSR
RESTORATIONwork has commenced onwhatwill be the firstworking London, Chatham&Dover Railway bogie coach in preservation, at the Isle ofWight SteamRailway. No. 4115, an 1898-built Brake Third, was the first grounded body to be acquired by the IoWSR, in
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Recalling The Branch That Served Heritage Railway’s Home Town
FOLLOWINGthe success ofa'virtual exhibition'whichcommemorated the50th anniversaryof theclosureof Lincolnshire’sHorncastlebranch, the 'real'version is tobestagedonThursdays, FridaysandSaturdays fromJuly29to September 24. Lockdown restrictions prevente
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Oh, Mr Porter! Models To Help Fund Austerity Overhaul
LIMITED edition model wagons, recalling the classic comedy film Oh, Mr Porter!, are on sale to help fund the overhaul of Austerity 0-6-0ST Works No. 2746 The Duke. The Bagnall Locomotive Group, which owns the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway-based locomot
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Why A 9F Could Not Compete With Mallard In Wheel Rotation Speed
PETER KELLY asks if a reader could compare the rotational speed of a 9F’s 5ft diameter wheels at 90mph, with Mallard’s 6ft 8in wheels at 126mph (issue 281). While I would not call myself a mathematician, the maths are actually quite simple: 90mph is
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LNER Coach Association Gets First Stock Into Its New Shed
AS a follow-up to the News item in issue 280 on the great strides the LNER Coach Association has made in the acquisition of new facilities, these recent pictures highlight its new facilities at Kirby Misperton on the NorthYorkshire Moors Railway and
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New-build Grange Is Set For Autumn Steaming
NEWGWRGrange 4-6-0No. 6880 Betton Grange is set tosteamthisautumn afterTyseley LocomotiveWorkswas commissioned to finish thework. Newcabside sheets have been made and work will focus on the running plates and splashers, plus painting the boiler and f
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Bideford Centre Saved From Closure
DEVONCounty Council hasmadea U-turnonadecision tostopBideford Railway Heritage Centre from running trains. As reported in issue 280, the Heritage Railway Association wrote to the council in support of the centre, branding the decision as “perverse”.
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New Corris Engine Turns Its Wheels For First Time
AMAJORlandmark inthe building ofnewCorrisRailway Falcon 0-4-2ST No. 10was reached in late June when its wheels andmotionmoved for the first time, using compressed air and some temporary pipework fittings at theworkshopsof Alan Keef Ltdnear Ross-on-Wy
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‘Forgotten Standard’ Is Back On Wheels After Over 30 Years In The Wilderness
BRSTANDARD4MT2-6-0No.76077 has beenre-wheeledinthelatestmilestone of its restorationfromBarry scrapyard condition for theGloucestershire WarwickshireRailway. The locomotive’s 5ft 3in-diameter driving wheels and the front pony truck were placed back u
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Moorsline Fireman Returns To ‘Black Five’ Footplate After Absence Of 54 Years
NORTHYorkshireMoorsRailway volunteer firemanAllanDawsonhada double takeonhis rosteredturnonMay 20–whenhewasreunitedwith Stanier 'Black Five'No. 44871andwithatypehe workedonforBR, Standard9F2-10-0 No.92134. Allan, of Pickering, a fireman with BR at No
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L&B Trust buys Parracombe Halt
THE Lynton&Barnstaple RailwayTrust has just completed the purchase of ParracombeHalt, one of the original stationsonthe line. Followingmonths of work by lawyers, the halt is nowback in railway ownership and is a key components of plans to extend the
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Behind The Scenes At The Working Railway Museum Preparing For Better Days
AS Mangapps RailwayMuseum prepares for what it hopes will be a busy and successfulsummer after the travails of enforcedshutdownduring the Covid-19pandemic, owner John Jollyhas told Heritage Railway of the work that has gone on behind the scenes durin
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Winifred Returns Steam To Bala Town After Over 56 Years
MOREthan 56 years afterBRendedrail services to Bala, residentswereonce able to ridebehind steamin the town. It was on January 18, 1965, that Bala Junction station–where the line to Blaenau Ffestiniog left the Ruabon-Barmouth route – closed to passeng
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The Line With Its Own ‘Fire Brigade’ Is Right On Track
THErisk of tracksidefires indry,hot spells has always presentedachallengetorailway operators using steamlocomotives. However, theaward-winning DartmouthSteamRailway tackles the problemwith afire train of itsown! At about4pmon June 8, a fireengulfedab
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Two Industrials Join Cholsey & Wallingford Steam Fleet
TWOsteamlocomotives thathavebeenat the BuckinghamshireRailwayCentre formorethan50years aremoving to the Cholsey&WallingfordRailwayfor testingandevaluationonthe 21/2-mile line. With the impending infrastructure works for HS2 due to block off access to
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Young Tracksiders Are Back And Paving The Way For Talyllyn Railway’s Future
YOUNGvolunteerswhoundertake projects at theTalyllynRailwayhave returned to action afterayear’s absencethroughlockdown. Tracksiders, the pioneer heritage railway’s club for juniormembers and their families, held the annual activitiesweekduring the spr
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Great Central’s Auction Covers Three Eras, From Prewar To Nationalisation
LOCOMOTIVES built in three different eras of the UK’s railway evolution will form the nameplate selection in Great Central’s sixth monthly online auction on July 10. Comprising Henry Cort, City of Liverpool, Wimpole Hall, County of Hants, and Caerhay
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Chatham Wagons From Rapido
RAPIDOTrains has announced two South Eastern & Chatham Railway wagons in OO-scale – its first British models to be designed in the UK. They represent one seven-plank open wagon and two different diagrams of five-plank open wagons. The seven-plank des
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Unforgettable ‘Black Five’ performance at Golcar
MANY thanks for issue 279, with plenty of good news stories and for including my letter too. The latest round of grants are extremely welcome, and the reopening of our heritage railways is helping us appreciate what could all too easily be taken for
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A1 Pacific Tornado Set To Haul‘Bournemouth Belle’90th Anniversary Special
THE fact that the up-market Northern Belle Waterloo-Bournemouth 90th anniversary trip was booked for haulage by nothing more than an LMS‘Black Five’raised quite a few eyebrows considering ticket prices of more than £300 per head. However, the message
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