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Bluebell Railway Chairman Resigns From Plc Board
CHRIS Hunford stood down as Bluebell Railway plc chairman and locomotive director from January 1. Company secretary and former plc chairman Graham Flight has taken over as interim board chairman as a new leadership structure was provided at short n
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Words From Westminster – Parliamentarians Voice Their Coal Concerns
FIFTEEN days before the council’s refusal decision, the issue had been debated in the House of Commons on December 3. North West Durham’s Labour MP Richard Burden said: “Britain has been a world leader in decarbonising our electricity sector. Emissio
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Torrington Revivalists To Honour Former Chairman Rod Garner
THE Tarka Valley Railway is planning to install a memorial in honour of its late chairman, Rod Garner. Rod, one of the stalwarts of the Torrington-based heritage line, lost his battle with cancer on October 16. He was one of the original few whose dr
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The General Manager Who Is Becoming A Coastguard!
TALYLLYN Railway general manager Stuart Williams has been using lockdown to train as a volunteer coastguard. Stuart has been accepted to become a Coastguard Rescue Officer with HM Coastguard based in Aberdyfi. He and other trainees are currently taki
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‘Beach Hut’ Hamper Raffles Boost Swanage Survival Appeal
THE Swanage Railway brought a beach hut to its terminus – and used it to sell raffle tickets for festive hampers to raise much-needed cash for its Save Our Service (SOS) coronavirus survival appeal. Well-wishers, including members of the Swanage and
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Steam Dreams Hopes For March Restart After Covid-19 Lockdown
DESPITE the loss of 99% of its steam-hauled rail tour business during the past nine months, Steam Dreams chairman David Buck said he is encouraged by the number of enquiries and bookings that his team have been receiving in recent weeks. This figure
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Off The Shelf
Compiled by Andrew Royle (softback, Transport Treasury Publishing Ltd, 16 Highworth Close, High Wycombe, HP13 7PJ, www.ttpublishing.co.uk112pp, £14.50, ISBN:  978-1-913251-09-3) HEREIN lies a superb collection of black and white images that feature t
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Lines Must Aim For ‘Instant’ Post-lockdown Restart
HERITAGE railways must do their utmost to ensure that they are ready to restart services as soon as lockdown ends. Government rules clearly state that paid or voluntary work should be carried out at home wherever possible but, if not, paid staff and
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Already Buying Steam Coal From Abroad
SEVERN Valley Railway contracts manager Duncan Ballard said: “We’d been using British coal the past 10 years, but our supply ran out in mid-December. We are currently sourcing coal from abroad and are working with other railways to secure a sustainab
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Can You Help Save Bourne’s Bridge 234?
A CAMPAIGN to save the‘last’ railway structure in the Lincolnshire market town of Bourne has been gathering steam. Three-arch Bridge 34, which carried an unsurfaced country lane over the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway (MGNJR) line from Saxby,
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Hagley Hall Set To Return By The End Of The Year
MONDAY, December 7 was a landmark in the return to steam of GWR 4-6-0 No. 4930 Hagley Hall , once the Severn Valley Railway’s flagship locomotive but which has not steamed since October 1986. The passing of its boiler’s out-of-frames steam test took
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G5 Locomotive Project Makes Crank Axle Headway
A breakthrough has been made with a key component for the new-build project to construct an LNER G5 0-4-4T. The design and manufacture of the crank axle has been a long and difficult process – but following a technical meeting with Ricardo Rail, a cl
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Ray Churchill Retires... Again: A Tribute
WHEN Ray Churchill stepped off the footplate of LMS‘Black Five’No. 44871 at Crewe in the early afternoon of Thursday, April 28, 2016 he thought that would be the end of 59 years working on the footplates of steam locomotives. His career started at Be
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Trains & Trams of the Isle Of Man 1956-1972
THIS excellent archive full-colour DVD features the Isle of Man Steam Railway (IoMSR) and Manx Electric Railway (MER) during the key years from 1956-1972. This was the era when the steam railway still operated the lines across to Peel on the west coa
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Bluebell sells Pullman Lilian
THE Bluebell Railway’s all-steel Parlour Third Pullman Car No. 76, which was named Lilian in honour of the late wife of the line’s late president, Bernard Holden MBE, has been sold to an unnamed private buyer elsewhere within the heritage sector. T
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Major Progress On Swanage T3 Thanks To Generosities
SIGNIFICANT progress has been made on the rebuild of LSWRT3 4-4-0 No. 563 despite the pandemic obstacles of 2020 – but more is needed to see the Swanage Railway-based locomotive return to steam for the first time in the heritage era. Before the first
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In Brief
➜ THE Grade II listed signalbox on the platform at Torre station in Torbay, which has full planning for conversion to a holiday home, is due to be auctioned online between February 2-4. For details contact Paul Fosh Auctions on 01633 966069. ➜ AFTE
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Local MP Voices Support For Llangollen Railway’s Dee Bridge Refurbishment During Site Visit
CLWYD South MP Simon Baynes has praised the Llangollen Railway for the essential repairs being carried out at Dee Bridge so that services can resume in the year ahead. As reported last issue, supporters not only raised the £15,000 needed to renew t
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Surprise Grant Boost For GCR Reunification Project
THE Great Central Railway’s Reunification project has been boosted by a £50,000 grant from a local charitable trust. The project aims to raise £3 million to cover the third and fourth phases of the scheme to link the GCR at Loughborough with its no
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RTC Hopes To Run In March
COINCIDING with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s January 4 announcement that England was to again enter full lockdown, the Railway Touring Company (RTC) confirmed that it was cancelling the opening stages of its 2021 programme. All trains planned to
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EDGE Hill, an escarpment in the parish of Ratley and Upton in Warwickshire, is best known as the setting for the first major battle of the English Civil War. On Sunday, October 23, 1642, the Royalist forces of Charles I and the Parliamentarian army c
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New Grange Targets September Steaming
WITH access to its project at Tyseley Locomotive Works (TLW) hampered by Covid-19 restrictions, the 6880 Betton Grange Society has commissioned TLW to complete the outstanding work on the new-build GWR locomotive with a target date for its first publ
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Two Vintage Wight Electric Sets Are Now Preserved
TWO of the oldest trains in service on the national network – the 82-year-old ex-London Underground Class 483 tube stock of the Isle of Wight’s Island Line – have entered the heritage sector. Following their withdrawal from South Western Railway serv
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Frame Plates For New Prince George Now Complete
THE rear main frame plates for new-build LNWR George the Fifth class 4-4-0 No. 2013 Prince George have been cut and profiled. Tata Steel Profiles of Wednesbury delivered the plates to the LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust’s private site
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Bo’ness & Kinneil To Be Testbed For Hydrogen Train Conversion
THE Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (BKR) has found itself at the forefront of a project which may revolutionise train travel in the UK. Retired ScotRail Class 314 EMU No. 314209 has been transported by road from its Glasgow depot to the heritage line for
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New-build P2 No. 2007 Prince Of Wales Gets Second Rods For Christmas!
THE second pair of machined coupling rods for new Gresley P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales was delivered to Darlington Locomotive Works in time for Christmas. The fundraising campaign to raise an initial target of £210,000 needed to pay for the ma
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Appeal To Return ‘Deltic’ Royal Highland Fusilier To The Main Line
A £255,000 appeal to return Class 55 ‘Deltic’No. 50019 Royal Highland Fusilier to the main line has been launched by its owning group. The Deltic Preservation Society wants to have it running in time for the 40th anniversary of the‘Deltic Scotsman Fa
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Bodmin Project Will Relive Great Days Of Cornish Clay Trains
I WAS delighted to read the article in issue 270 on the plans to set up a heritage rake of china clay wagons at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. During the 1970s and 1980s, I worked at St Blazey as a guard and most of our freight diagrams involved trips
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New Chairmen And £147k Grant For Llangollen
THE Welsh Government has awarded £147,860 in grant aid to the Llangollen Railway from its Cultural Recover Fund. Most of the grant is to be used to pay for operational costs following the loss of income from services during the pandemic, and will als
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Protesters Won The Day
MORE than 5000 objections had been lodged against the Dewley Hill plans and a petition against it had been signed by more than 19,000 people. Friends of the Earth north-east campaigner Simon Bowens said: “Opencast coal doesn’t just threaten our lan
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