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TransPennine And Northern To Create Additonal Jobs
BOTH TransPennine (TPE) and Northern have announced recruitment schemes, which together will create 220 jobs. Northern is aiming to improve diversity levels within its workforce, and is recruiting 160 staff for a variety of roles, including station s
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SERCO has appointed Kathryn Darbandi managing director of its Anglo-Scottish Caledonian Sleeper operation. She replaces Ryan Flaherty, and will take up her post in January. Ms Darbandi is currently executive consultant (transformation and strategy) a
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Christmas Gift Guide
The story of building the Settle to Carlisle Railway from newspapers of  the time By David Occomore HERE is an unusual book with a ‘different take’ on our railway history. David Occomore has produced a very interesting piece of documentary historic
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Llangollen Chairwoman Resigns After Personal Attacks Over Corwen Project
THE Llangollen Railway found itself in turmoil at the end of September after all but one members of its governing boards resigned amid disagreements over the heritage aspects of the new Corwen station. Liz McGuinness, chairman of Llangollen Railway p
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Whitehead Museum Closed Again
THE RPSI made the reluctant decision to close its Whitehead Railway Museum for the second time at the beginning of October in light of the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland. An online statement issued on October 6 said: “We have
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Teignmouth Residents Reject ‘Excessive’ Sea Wall Scheme
NETWORK Rail’s proposals to remodel the Dawlish to Teignmouth line in Devon have suffered a setback after an ‘unprecendented’ response from local residents. Plans to move a 1.1-mile section of the line between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth seawards t
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Strathspey Railway’s Rare Shunter Restored
FORMER BR No. D2774 0-4-0DH was seen in operation at Boat of Garten, Strathspey Railway, on September 10. This was a rare use of this loco, which has been undergoing minor adjustments for the last couple of years following a major overhaul. It is one
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Covid-19
■ NOTE: This list was current at the time of writing in late October. However, the on-going uncertainty over Covid-19 may result in some or all trains being postponed or cancelled. Please check with the individual operators. ■ Tours may start and fin
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Avanti’s ‘Pride’ Train Named Progress
A COMPETITION to name Avanti West Coast’s colourful Pride locomotive has produced a winner. Railway engineer Edward Godfrey’s name Progress was chosen from more than 1,500 entries. Avanti West Coast launched the Pride loco back in August, using ‘Pend
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Govia Thameslink Doubles Number Of Applications From Female Drivers
GOVIA Thameslink Railway (GTR) has managed to double the number of female train driver applicants from 413 in 2019 to 825 in 2020 through a series of dedicated recruitment and marketing campaigns. Zoey Hudson, GTR’s head of talent, diversity and incl
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‘Duke’ Boiler Back In At Tyseley
THE highly anticipated return to main line action of unique BR ‘8P’ No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester next year was expected to move a step closer in late October with refitting of the boiler at Tyseley Locomotive Works. The boiler and rebuilt ashpan were
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Large Prairie Reaches New Buckfastleigh Home
THE newest addition to the South Devon Railway’s (SDR) steam fleet reached its Buckfastleigh workshops on October 8 with the arrival of Western Region ‘5101’ class 2-6-2T No. 4160. The 1948-built Large Prairie has been placed in the care of new custo
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Ennis Plaque Honours GSWR Hero
A PLAQUE commemorating the heroic exploits of Great Southern & Western Railway inspector Patrick Cullinan has been unveiled at Ennis station in County Clare. On November 16, 1905, Mr Cullinan saved the life of passenger Bridget Davis after she fell o
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PRESTON station’s historic roof has had its gable-end glazing replaced in a £600,000 project to refurbish and replace wooden frames with safer new aluminium frames and polycarbonate glazing. Last upgraded in the 1960s, the wooden frames on the listed
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The ‘Badger’ Returns Home To Barrow Hill
THE unique Class 89 No. 89001 – nicknamed the ‘Badger’ –was taken to its Barrow Hill base on October 13, following repaint by DB Cargo at Toton depot (RM Sept, p71). The 25kV electric loco was hauled by Cappagh Class 60 No. 60028 and is seen passing
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‘Lowest Figures’ As Pandemic Bites
RAIL freight tonnages continue to fall in the UK, with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reporting the lowest figures since records began in April-June 2020. Total freight moved was down to 3.16billion net tonne kilometres (ntk) and freight train kil
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Welsh Language Announcements On Avanti Trains
AVANTI West Coast has introduced Welsh language announcements and information displays on board its Class 221 services to and from North Wales. All 20 ‘Super Voyager’ trains have been modified with the work undertaken by Bombardier at their Central R
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Welsh Government Takes Control Of Franchise
IN a surprise move, the Welsh Government confirmed plans to bring the Wales & Borders rail operations under public control with ridership at just 5% of normal levels. Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates said the move would help
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First Resident Steam For Mountsorrel Centre
LEICESTERSHIRE’S Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre (MRCHC) will soon be able to add live steam shunting demonstrations to its growing list of attractions following the purchase of its own resident steam locomotive. Andrew Barclay 0-4-0S
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Talking Points
PETER Scott tells us (RM Oct, p49) that the Marylebone station announcers pronounce the name 'Marryb’n’, but that doesn’t make it correct. I agree with him that the Bakerloo Line announcements of ‘Marleybone’ must be wrong. But ‘Marryb’n’ sounds wron
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Hosking ‘9F’ Moves To Derbyshire For Overhaul
THE Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) has been awarded the contract to overhaul Jeremy Hosking’s BR Standard ‘9F’ No. 92212 at its West Shed facility at Swanwick Junction, Midland Railway-Butterley. The Swindon-built 2-10-0 moved to the D
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RPSI Back On The Main Line With Special Filming Charter
THE Dublin Operations team of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) was back on the main line on October 12-13, running a special charter for the filming on a new movie. The charter from Inchicore to Galway was hauled by 071 Class No. 08
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Brandon Station Saved From Demolition
AN 11TH-HOUR intervention by SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust (SBPT) has saved Brandon station from certain demolition, writes Richard Horner. The future of the 1845-built station is also now more assured as it has
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Deltic Society Launches Friends Donations Scheme
THE Deltic Preservation Society has set up a supporting project to raise funds for its locos. DPS Friends is a way for ‘Deltic’ supporters to become closer to the society to help push projects along. The top priority is to bring No. D9009 Alycidon ba
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TESCO and Transfesa Logistics are working together to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables from Spain to the UK by rail. Initially, 15 refrigerated loads per week are running from the Almussafes rail terminal in Valencia to DB Cargo’s Barking terminal.
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ScotRail Unveils Its First Active Travel Carriage
THE first of five internally redesigned Class 153 vehicles that have been turned into ‘active travel carriages’ have been unveiled by ScotRail. The vehicles will be added to Class 156 units which are used on Fort William and Oban services. ScotRail f
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ORR Statistics Report: Passenger Numbers Fall To Lowest Level Since Mid-19th Century
RAIL passenger journeys have slumped to their lowest level since the mid-19th century, statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have revealed. Nationally, 35 million journeys are estimated to have been made in the first quarter of 2020-21 (A
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HS2 Consults On Revised Phase 2b Plans In NW England
HIGH Speed 2 Ltd has revealed a number of refinements to its proposals for Phase 2b of the £88billion railway in north-west England. However, the absence of any mention of the eastern leg from Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands has intensified
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‘Golden Hind’ Claim To Fame
I WAS very interested to read the article by John Heaton about the history of the ‘Golden Hind’ (RM Sept) as I can make a modest claim to have had some influence on its introduction when I was President of the University of Exeter Railway Society in
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