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End Of The Line: Kerr's Miniature Railway Will Close After 85 Years
KERR'S Miniature Railwayone , of Britain's longest-established miniature railways, closes at the end ofthis season. An emotional announcement was made on Facebook on August 7 by owner and operator John Kerr, admitting this was the most awful decision
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Alstom Takeover Of Bombardier Approved
THE planned €6.2billion takeover of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation by the French Alstom group received the necessary competition law approvals from the European Commission on July 31. To gain agreement Alstom has had to offer to sell some par
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The RCTS: Then And Now
SINCE its formation the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTShas ) recorded the railway scene at home and abroad through the eyes of its members, providing news and features for The Railway Observer. During the British Railways steam days i
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'Night Owl' 2-8-0 moves to Devon
THE frames of No. 4709- the Great Western Society's Churchward '47XX' 2-8-0 re-creation - finally left the Llangollen Railway for a new home in Devon during the last week of July. Fast-growing engineering firm Leaky Finders at Hele, near Exeter, has
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New Future For The National Railway Museum's Handyman?
THE National Railway Museum has invited expressions of interest from organisations wishing to become custodians of 3ft-gauge Hudswell, Clarke 0-4-0ST Handyman (573/1900). The closing date for applications was August 31. The York-based attraction boug
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Stevenage Fifth Platform Opens Ahead Of Schedule
THE new fifth platform for Hertford Loop commuter services at Stevenage opened to passengers on August 2, more than a year ahead of its planned completion,. The £40million project is part of a wider programme to eliminate congestion at key locations
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East Lancashire 'Whistlers' returns from Barrow Hill
THE Class 40 Preservation Society's (CFPSNo ) .40145 had a busy couple of days on main line work in July. It was employed on loco movements while returning from Barrow Hill to Bury, East Lancashire Railway. It had been at the roundhouse for attention
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Second Alco diesel for Steam Ranger
AUSTRALIAN heritage operator SteamRanger Heritage Railway (SRHR) added a second Alco DL531 diesel loco to its fleet in June. No. 844 was donated by OneRail Australia (formerly Genesee & Wyoming Australia). The loco is in full working order and joins
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THE new Stadler Class 777 EM Us for Merseyrail are yet to enter service, but the first two Class 508s have been sent for scrap. Nos. 508110 and 508134 were hauled from Birkenhead depot to Sims Metals, Newport, on August 16. They arrived in South Wale
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More Crossrail Delays As Costs Increase Again
FURTHER delays along with additional and substantial cost rises have been confirmed by Crossrail, the project to connect east and west London with a new rail line. Delays in the completion of the construction phase of the Elizabeth Line are as a resu
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Lvatt Diesel Group Loco Moves To New Home
A BIG step in plans to re-create lvatt LMS diesel No. 10000 have been taken by the lvatt Diesel Recreation Society (IDRS). The Ruston Paxman 12RK3ACT engine, alternator and exhaust system - using Class 58 No. 58022 as its base chassis - was removed a
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Bluebell Railway Celebrates Diamond Jubilee With First Post-lockdown Services
THE Bluebell Railway returned to public operation on August 7 for the first time since late-March. And it was just in time to celebrate the railway's preservation Diamond Jubilee, albeit in a lower key than originally envisaged. That Friday should ha
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Refreshed look for NELPG‘s No. 65894
THE North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group's 'J27' No. 65894 has been cosmetically refreshed in time for the resumption of North Yorkshire Moors Railway services. Previously, the loco carried plain black BR livery with a Sunderland South Dock (5
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New VoR Ownership Secures Future For Jubilee 1897
THE Vale of Rheidol Railway has bought ex-Cilgwyn and Penrhyn slate quarry Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST Jubilee 1897 (1382/1897) from Breedon Group with help provided by Mark Hodgkinson. The locomotive was named to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubi
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TWO bridges in Grantham that are regularly struck by overheight lorries will be closed to road traffic for long-term repairs. Barrowby Road A52 bridge and Springfield Road bridge, south of the station, will be strengthened in a £2.7million project. B
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Familiar Livery For Class 89
THE unique Class 89 25kV AC Co-Co electric loco No. 89001 has been turned out in one of its former liveries: BR lnterCity Swallow. It is seen in Taton paint shop on July 15 during its repainting by DB Cargo. It was moved by rail to Taton on April 30.
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German Industry Still Using Fireless Locos
FIRELESS steam locomotives are still working in Germany industry. Six remain in use and are based at the Felix Schoeller Group factory in Osnabriick-Liistringen; Mannheim power station; chemical manufacturer lneos in Herne; and the Romonta-operated,
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Wagon Report
CARGOWAGGON high-capacity vans started to appear in Britain from the late-1970s. By 1990 the West German-based firm had more than 500 ferryvans and bogie flats in use. While many were conventional designs the company is best known for its fleet of IZ
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Government Launches Acceleration Unit To Speed Up Transport Infrastructure Projects
WALES looks set to be the first beneficiary of the Government's new Acceleration Unit, launched on August 21 to speed up the delivery of transport projects. A £343million programme of investment in the Welsh rail network was announced alongside the n
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Avanti Unveils Celebratory Fully Wrapped 'Pride' Train
AVANTI West Coast was planning to launch the first fully vinyl wrapped Pride train staffed by all LGBTQ+ crew on August 25. Avanti says the Pride train will run all year round, celebrating the diversity of the communities it serves. With every carri
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Spa Valley Line Gains Bulleid Pacific Permanently
'BATTLE of Britain' No. 35053 Sir Keith Park is moving to a permanent home at the Spa Valley Railway (SVR). The Southern Locomotives Ltd's (SLL) Bullied Pacific is due to spend the winter months at SVR (August RM), and the two organisations have now
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Popular 'Pocket Peckett' 0-4-0ST Teddy On The Market
SOLE-SURVIVING Peckett 'Yorktown’ class 0-4-0ST Teddy (2012/1941is ) being offered for sale following a decision by its owner to pursue other interests. The diminutive ex-Royal Ordnance Factory locomotive is probably best-known for its association wi
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Halesworth To Southwold Project Gains Second Loco And Plans For Another
HALESWORTH to Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway Society (HSNGRS co ) -chairmen James Hewett and Ken Penrose have bought a 3ft-gauge Greenwood and Batley 4WBE, which once worked at lrthlingborough mines, Northamptonshire. It was acquired from a private o
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Birmingham's £56million University Challenge
UNIVERSITY station in Birmingham will undergo a major redevelopment and expansion in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The £56million project will include a larger, modernised and expanded station, enhanced passenger facilities and direct acce
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Restriction As 'Deltic' Depot Reopens
THE Deltic Preservation Society (DPShas ) announced its Barrow Hill depot has reopened for a limited amount of volunteer working on Saturdays. This is part of a phased return so that progress towards the return to operation of No. D9009 Alycidon and
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Trenitalia Orders More High-speed Trains ... For Use In Spain
ITALIAN national operator Trenitalia has ordered 23 more ETRl 000 high-speed trains from Hitachi and Bombardier in a contract worth €797million. The new trains will be built in Italy and delivered from 2022 for use operating new open-access high-spee
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WMT Class 730 Goes To Velim Test Track
THE first of a fleet of Class 730s that will replace the Class 323s on Birmingham's Cross City line and West Coast suburban service was sent to the Czech test track at Velim in early August. West Midlands Trains (WMT) placed an order with Bombardier
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Time For Freeze On Fares, Says Railfuture Campaign Group
CAMPAIGN group Railfuture is calling for a fares freeze following the publishing in July of the annual inflation figure of l.6%. It is this figure which triggers rail fare increases from the following January but , with passenger numbers at an all ti
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Voyages On The 'Golden Hind'
ON THE evening of June 12, 1990, a freight train had been derailed at Hemerdon and single-line working was being initiated. As area manager at Exeter, I made my way to St David's. The operating team there was more than capable of handling the inciden
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Urgent £24,000 Appeal To Complete Isle Of Wight Calbourne’s Overhaul
PLANS to have the Isle of Wight Steam Railway'(s loWSR) flagship 0-4-4T No. W24 Calbourne in steam to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the line in 2021 are hinging on the success of an urgent £24,000 fundraising appeal. The 10-yearly boiler overhaul
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