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Welsh Pony May Headline Three Englands Late August Spectacular
NEWLY-RESTORED Ffestiniog Railway ‘large England’0-4-0STT No. 5 Welsh Pony is set to star on the line in late August, along with its two operational smaller sisters. It will mark another major first for the railway as it and No. 2 Prince and No. 4 Pa
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In Brief
➜ IT IS hoped BR 3MT No. 82045 will soon have reached the stage of a braked 2-6-2 rolling chassis. Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, the team had virtually completed the pony assemblies on the Severn Valley Railway-based new-build project. Work continu
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Second Southwold Revival Group Gets First Operational Locomotive
THE group which aims to rebuild the 3ft gauge Southwold Railway from the western end rather than the east has taken delivery of its first operational locomotive. The Halesworth to Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway Society obtained the Greenwood & Batl
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Will An Underground Train Operate Again To Ongar?
A REDUNDANT Isle of Wight tube train may be given a third lease of life back in service on a former part of London Underground. The newly-formed London Transport Traction Group (LTTG) wants to acquire one of the soon-to-be-withdrawn 1938 tube stock u
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Memories Of The Golden Age Of Railways Rekindled
Two models of coaches by Golden Age of Swanage topped the charts in a Vectis online, telephone and postal sale on June 26, headed at £520 by an OO-gauge five-car EMU Pullman set which included coaches Doris and Hazel. At £500 came O-gauge single P
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With Full Regulator Locomotive Performance Then And Now
I HAVE previously reported on the performance of the LM 5XP 4-6-0 which thinks it’s a class 7, namely No.45699 Galatea. I use the LMS classification of 5XP, though BR had the Jubilees as 6P/5F. Records of more fine runs by this rejuvenated locomotive
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Memories Recalled Thanks To Heritage Railway
THE latest Heritage Railway (issue 269) has landed on my door step today – thank you for an absolutely wonderful magazine. Two features have brought back memories for me: Pete Kelly’s article about the LNER A1 Pacifics and Robin Jones’feature about t
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Robert Stephenson Lifting Bridge Moves To GCR Mountsorrel Branch
A LIFTING bridge built by Robert Stephenson is to be connected by rail after six decades – following its move to the Great Central Railway’s Mountsorrel branch terminus. Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Industrial History Society and the Mounts
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Cotswold Line Details Its Mid-August Reopening Plans
THE GloucestershireWarwickshire Railway has announced full details of its August 15 restart. Hauling the first return train will be WR Modified Hall 4-6-0 No. 7903 Foremarke Hall, which worked over the Stratford-upon-Avon to Cheltenham route in BR da
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Help bring the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company home
AN EMERGENCY appeal has been set up to save a project to create a museum dedicated to the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company (BRCW) . The modern-day Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd, a not-for-profit company formed in 2014, ha
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Moseley Trust Launches Appeal For New Shed
THE Moseley Railway Trust, which has one of Britain’s biggest collections of narrow gauge industrial locomotives and rolling stock, has launched a public appeal for funds to assist with the construction of a new £85,000 building to house it. When i
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Railwayana Auction Calendar
Great Central Railwayana (internet, email, telephone and postal) Great Central Railwayana (internet, email, telephone and postal) Lacy Scott & Knight, Bury St Edmunds (railwayana and models) ■
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A Standard Tank For The Watercress Line!
The Mid-Hants Railway’s (MHR) Alresford headquarters is home to a rateable buffet and a well-stocked gift shop. When you arrive at the attractive period station, a black tank locomotive across the tracks may catch your eye. It’s not ‘just’ any engine
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Birmingham Snow Hill Saw The‘worst’ Beeching Closure
NEVER let the deliberate run down and closure of certain railways during the Beeching era be forgotten. Of all the Beeching closures, the worst by far was Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level. Every effort was made to force this line t
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New-build Churchward County 4-4-0 Frames Set To Be‘ready By October’
A SET of main frames for new Great Western Railway County 4-4-0 No. 3840 County of Montgomery could be complete at Tyseley Locomotive Works (TLW) this autumn, 108 years after the last of the original engines was outshopped from Swindon Works. The C
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Donations To SOS Appeal Leads To South Devon Railway River Bridge Repairs
TUESDAY, July 7, saw the first South Devon Railway engineers’train run since the line closed in March. It was operated in conjunction with works to repair the damage to Nursery Pool Bridge sustained in last winter’s storm. Workers from contractor
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NRM And Locomotion Open Their Doors To Visitors Again
THE National Railway Museum in York and its Locomotion outreach station have reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown. Leading the way for railway museums big and small to welcome the public back (see separate stories on these pages), NRM reopened on
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Prince Of Wales Appeal Turns To Turbo-generator
THE project to build Britain’s most powerful express passenger steam locomotive – Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales – has launched the latest of its fundraising clubs. The Turbogen Club has been set up as an appeal to raise £40,000 to fund th
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Legendary Loco Lights Up Great Central’s Second Mini Auction
A nameplate King Leodegrance from No. 73118, one of the Southern Region Standard Class 5MTs that adopted the names of withdrawn King Arthurs, lit up Great Central’s second‘mini’auction with a realisation of £6300. The 4-6-0, built at Doncaster in Dec
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No. 80150 Technical specification
Coal capacity 3.5 tons Water capacity 2000 gallons Cylinders 2 Cylinder size 18in x 28in Driving wheel diameter 5ft 8in Fire grate 26.7 sq ft Tractive effort 25515 ibf at 85% boiler pressure Valve gear Walschaerts Total length 44ft 10in Weig
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Off The Shelf
(Secretary, Friends of Vintage Trains, 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL, www.friends ofvt.org.uk £6 plus £1.70). FRIENDS of Vintage Trains’ members have used their enforced spare time during the Covid-19 lockdown to produce this splend
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Quorn Revels As Great Central Reopens
A MINI-carnival atmosphere greeted passengers who turned up for the first Great Central Railway trains following the Government’s easing of the pandemic lockdown. A late addition to the proceedings was an invitation to the Great Central Railway Vinta
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Morris Lubricants Helps 50 Heritage Lines In Crisis
SHREWSBURY-BASED Morris Lubricants has agreed to support 50 heritage railways which were closed due to the pandemic. The Shrewsbury-based company has worked closely with steam heritage workshops during its 150-year history and has great experience in
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Amberley Reopens After Closure Fears Are Averted
THE head of Amberley Museum, which is home to one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of different gauge steam, diesel, electric and petrol locomotives, has revealed that during its 18-week Covid-19 lockdown she feared the West Sussex vis
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Bodmin Panniers Pass Steam Tests Despite Covid-19 Lockdown
THE Bodmin & Wenford Railway (BWR) has welcomed its inclusion in the new second round shortlist for the government’s £500 million Restoring Your Railway Fund. As reported last issue, the shortlist of 50 published on June 30 followed the launch of the
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House Clearance Unearths Enamel Collection In Barn
A collection of 10 BR station enamel signs from the 1950s and 60s that were found in a barn during a local house clearance sold as a single lot for £550 at a collectors’auction held by W&H Peacock in Bedford on July 3. Another collection, of 11 ename
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Other surviving BR 4MT 2-6-4Ts
Of the 15 BR 4MT 2-6-4Ts to be preserved, only two members of the class are yet to run in preservation – Nos. 80100 and 80150. ■ No. 80002 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Displayed at Oxenhope Exhibition Shed ■ No. 80064 Bluebell Railway. Displayed
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The Southern around London
(softback, Transport Treasury Publishing, 16 Highworth Close, High Wycombe, HP13 7PJ, 112pp, £14.50 inc p&p, ISBN 978 1 913251 11 6). OK, I hold my hands up, writes Geoff Courtney. Like many of my trainspotting chums in the 1950s and early-1960s, I
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New Luxury Coach For La’al Ratty
THE Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway restarted services on July 30, complete with a new Boston Lodge Works-built first-class observation carriage. Resplendent in a red livery with padded bench seating and more head room, the carriage offers increased
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Lines Closed For The Summer
THREE more heritage lines have decided to remain closed for the summer – and another will not open for the rest of the year. The Mid-Norfolk Railway has cancelled all of its special summer events, including the 1940s weekend, the August beer festival
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