Some posts you may have missed - week ending 20th January

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Samaritans to turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday

Rail staff to turn ‘Blue Monday’ into ‘Brew Monday’

Rail staff from Network Rail, British Transport Police and Arriva Trains Wales are backing Samaritans' bid to turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Brew Monday' this coming Monday, 15th January. Blue Monday has been dubbed the most...
Wren at the London Museum of Steam and Water

London Museum of Water and Steam Announce Winter Opening Hours

The London Museum Of Water And Steam has announced that during the months of January and February 2018, it will have different opening times this winter. The museum, which sees visitors all year round for...
David Shepherd on the Footplate of 92203 "Black Prince" // Credit NNR

Memorial service for David Shepherd announced

Last year David Shepherd sadly passed away aged 86. The majority of the people reading this article will know David Shepherd for his contributions to Railway Preservation. This includes playing a key role in starting...
ScotRail Living Wage

9 out of 10 ScotRail Trains arrived ‘On-Time’ in the last twelve months

ScotRail have announced that performance measures show that 9 out of 10 ScotRail Trains arrived within the target time in the last 12 months. ScotRail is held to account for a Public Performance Measure. This...
Wroxham Broad arrives at Beckfoot on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Pawsome! Paw Patrol set for Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway visit

Paw Patrol is set to visit the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the Lake District this March. This new for 2018 event is fun for all the family. You can either book online to secure...
D213 "Andania" // Credit Geoff Griffiths

Class 40 to be operated by Locomotive Services TOC Ltd for 3 Years

Locomotive Services TOC Ltd has signed a deal which sees Class 40 No. 40013 "Andania" become part of their fleet for the next three years. Carrying BR Green Livery and numbered D213, Andania is currently...
Andrew Barclay No 2352 after clean up // Credit Jacob Johnson

Andrew Barclay Tank 2352 receives a Clean Up

Work has been progressing on the steam locomotive, Andrew Barclay, No. 2352, including cleaning up the existing paintwork. Andrew Barclay 2352 is based at the Tanat Valley Railway in Shropshire. Originally new paint was going to...
S&D 7F No. 53809 // Credit Dave Horton

S&D 7F for Long-Term move to the North Norfolk Railway

Somerset and Dorset (S&D) 7F No. 53809 will move residency from the West Somerset Railway (WSR) to the North Norfolk Railway (NNR). This comes as the hire agreement between the West Somerset Railway and 53809's...
Nottingham railway station update after fire

Facilities at Nottingham Station after fire

East Midlands Trains has given an update to the public about the facilities at Nottingham railway station after the fire caused damage last week. All ticket machines at the station are now fully operational. Customers...
61264 at Goathland

2018 Plans for Locomotive B1 61264

The Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust have released their exciting plans this year for 61264. An agreement has been made between the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) which will see 61264...
Covertcoat on the Launceston Steam Railway

Launceston Steam Railway release 2018 opening dates

The Launceston Steam Railway has released details of their 2018 opening dates. This allows you to plan when you might make a visit. The Launceston Steam Railway is a narrow gauge which operates from the...
Some of Doncaster’s Railway artefacts // Credit Visit Doncaster

More information released on Doncaster Railway Heritage Exhibition

Alongside the convention on February 10th 2018 about the proposed Doncaster Railway Heritage Centre. The "Making Tracks – The Next Stop" exhibition will be running in February and March. Following on from the successful "Making...
Burnaby Road bridge in Portsmouth set to be replaced in £2.7 million project

£2.7 million brings a new railway bridge for Portsmouth

A railway bridge in Portsmouth, which is 142 years old, is set to be replaced next month by a multi-million-pound investment to improve reliability on South Western Railway services. Network Rail and its 'orange army'...
70000 "Britannia" with Wheels and other Components removed // Credit Icons of Steam

Latest News on 70000 “Britannia” from Icons of Steam

Icons of Steam have released news on the work BR Standard 7 No. 70000 "Britannia" has undergone. In 2015, due to vibration problems whilst operating mainline tours, Icons of Steam decided to withdraw 70000 from traffic...
Chiltern Railways appoint new commercial director

Meet Chiltern Railways New Commerical Director

Chiltern Railways has announced that they have hired a new commercial director for the company. Chiltern Railways runs train services between London Marylebone and the Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. The new commercial director, Eleni Jordan,...
Class 26 No. 26043 // Credit Pin Dunn

First Guest Loco Announced for Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Spring Diesel Gala

The Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) has confirmed Class 26 No. 26043 as the first guest engine for their Spring Diesel Gala. A brief history of 26043 26043 is the youngest preserved member of the Class 26 family,...
Arriva Trains Wales refreshments

Arriva Trains Wales begin selling re-usable travel mugs

Arriva Trains Wales has announced that they are to start serving their refreshments in passengers own reusable hot drinks cups. This decision comes after the train operating company has reviewed its policy. Previously, Arriva Trains Wales,...

‘Mod Hall’ and ‘Auto Tank’ Confirmed for West Somerset’s Spring Steam Gala

Great Western Railway (GWR) Modified Hall No. 6990 "Witherslack Hall" and GWR 14XX No. 1450 with Autotrailer No. 178 have been confirmed as visiting locomotives for West Somerset Railway's Spring Steam Gala. With the addition...
Steamfest 2018 in new south wales

Tickets now available for Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest

Tickets for Aprils Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest are now available to buy. Returning to the show again is steam locomotive No. 3642. A fine example of express passenger locomotives in New South Wales, Australia. The...
Trains at Lowwstoft

Greater Anglia stations open for community use

Greater Anglia has announced that it is to offer empty spaces in stations to local communities across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The unused rooms have become available as stations have evolved over the...
No. 80080 at Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway

Kids go free on the East Lancashire Railway

Start the year off the right way, with a steam train ride through the Irwell Valley. The East Lancashire Railway currently has a special offer on which means that kids can travel free. From the...
Chappel and Wakes Colne railway station

Solar Powered LEDs light up railway station in Essex

A railway station in Essex, which is run by Greater Anglia, has seen solar-powered LED cats eyes installed on the walkway. The station in question is Chappel & Wales Colne railway station on the branch...
The Cab Roof receiving a hose down before Sanding // Credit James Horrell‎

Ivatt 2 tank has cab roof painted

Ivatt 2 tank No. 41241, which is undergoing an overhaul at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, has recently seen its cab roof have a repaint. Before painting could begin, the cab roof had to...
Paddington Bear and creator Michael Bond to be remember after an 800 train is named after them

GWR train named after Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond

Great Western Railway has announced that one of their brand new Class 800 IETs has been named after Paddington Bear author, Michael Bond. The train, No. 800010, was unveiled on platform 1 at London Paddington,...
Removing Boiler Tubes from 3650 // Credit Didcot Railway Centre

Overhaul progress on GWR Tank No. 3650

Great Western Railway (GWR) 57XX tank No. 3650 is undergoing an overhaul at Didcot Railway Centre, with good progress being made so far. Work Done So Far? Work first started with removing the old boiler tubes...
Lyn at Woody Bay, North Devon

January Working Weekend at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is shut for the winter, but that doesn't mean you cant help out! Next weekend, from Friday 26th January until Sunday 28th January 2018, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway will be...
82015 // Credit Mike Morant Collection

The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust (82045) – Project Information

Our Project Information this week will be exploring the short history (like most of the BR Standards) of the British Railway's (BR) Standard 3 Tanks. The 46th member of the class is under construction at...

Steam Locomotive 61306 Mayflower to join Tornado at the Nene Valley Railway

The Nene Valley Railway (NVR) has announced that B1 No. 61306 "Mayflower" will take part in this years "Tornado 10" event. Tornado 10 Event The event is to celebrate 10 years since new build Peppercorn A1...
Passing the Liner up // Credit Watercress Line Website

Recent Progress carried out on Steam Locomotive 35005’s Overhaul – January 2018

It wasn't long into 2018 that the team overhauling steam locomotive 35005 "Canadian Pacific" picked up their tools and continued working on 'Can Pac'. Last Work to be Done in 2017 The last major work completed...
Grand Central HST

Grand Central tops table for Customer Satisfaction

According to the Which? leisure travel satisfaction survey, Grand Central Rail has been named as the highest rated train operating company when it comes to customer satisfaction. Grand Central achieved a customer satisfaction of 69%....
Newly Cast Middle Cylinder // Credit Nigel Downs of H Downs Foundry

New Cylinder Cast for Steam Locomotive Peppercorn A2 “Blue Peter”

Whilst undergoing its latest overhaul, it has been discovered that Peppercorn A2 No. 60532 "Blue Peter" will need a new middle cylinder before the engine can return to steam. Although a complex, large and heavy...

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