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Wabtec To Close Brush Traction
THE Brush Traction works at Loughborough has been proposed for closure by its owner, Wabtec. About 300 staff (220 permanent and 70 contractors) were informed of the decision on April 16, and it is not known whether all jobs are at risk or if some sta
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Handbills, Tickets And So Much More... Collecting On A Budget
Collecting railwayana isn’t solely limited to the expensive locomotive nameplates and signs. Paper ephemera and tickets can be an ideal inexpensive starting point. Those of us of a certain age will remember buying a platform ticket so as to spend an
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Delayed Review Becomes The Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail
WITH the rail review by former British Airways chairman Keith Williams more than 18 months overdue, it has emerged the report has a new name and a co-author. Although the report has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, during which time the Governm
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Llangollen Railway Plc Assets Go Under The Hammer
ROLLING stock, machine tools, plant and other equipment were the subject of a live online auction at the time this issue of The RM went to press, which would see the assets of Llangollen Railway plc disposed of. The sale was being handled by Lambert
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Great North Of Scotland Revival Campaign Gathers Momentum
A CAMPAIGN to bring more rail services back to the northeastern corner of Scotland is gathering pace, despite a recent report suggesting that schemes offer poor value for money. The Campaign for North East Rail has launched a petition as part of its
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Acton Main Line Now Step-free
CROSSRAIL upgrade work has been completed at Acton Main Line in west London. A new ticket hall and covered footbridge with lift access, automatic gate lines, and information screens have been added in preparation for the intensive new service. New ti
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No More Photo Charters As Severn Valley Ends The Use Of Lineside Passes
THE Severn Valley Railway has joined the growing list of preserved railways to end the issuing of lineside passes and permits and the operation of photographic charters. The railway suspended passes last year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and no pho
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Scrap Turbine Blades Use A World First?
IN WHAT is believed to be a world first, HS2 is piloting the use of recycled wind turbine blades to reinforce concrete. The project swaps steel reinforcing bars – traditionally used to strengthen concrete – with sections of glass fibre reinforced pol
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Covid-19
■ NOTE: This list was current at the time of writing in early April. However, the ongoing 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 finis
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South Downs Light Railway Secures New Five-year Lease
THE 10¼in gauge South Downs Light Railway at Pulborough Garden Centre, West Sussex, has a new five-year lease following a change of ownership of the garden centre. The railway reopened on April 18 and is planned to run on as many Saturdays and Sunday
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Scots Guardsman Attacks Shap
Last summer the country emerged from the first Covid-19 lockdown just in time for West Coast Railways to run the ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’ charter train on behalf of the Railway Touring Club on August 8. Organising the train to run in the difficult
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Modern Railwayana A Growth Area
We have all heard of the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and certainly among the railway fraternity, this can often be the case. Like many industries, when a particular item has served its purpose, it ends up in the bin or a skip
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Preserving Britain’s Railway Heritage
Although the Covid lockdown has meant it’s been awhile since I wrote about the work of the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board (RHDAB), we have kept busy and a number of important artefacts have been designated and found new homes. One of the
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GBRf Extends Contracts With Celsa And Hanson
GB RAILFREIGHT has recently extended two important contracts with major customers in the steel and construction industries. A new 12-year deal has been signed with Celsa Steel UK in South Wales to provide internal shunting services, remotely controll
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Construction Traffic Boosts Recovering Freight Figures
LATEST statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) suggest freight traffic is starting to recover from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Total freight moved in the third quarter (Q3) of 2020/21 was up by 2.1% compared with the sam
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Where Is It?
LAST month our mystery picture from Peter Doel showed the Grade II listed broad gauge engine shed at Moretonhampstead, Devon, which dates from c.1866. Moretonhampstead & South Devon Railway built a broad gauge line from Newton Abbot, opening in 1866,
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Sidelines
CLASS 25 No. D7612 will be attending the Mid-Hants Railway’s June 25-27 diesel gala from the South Devon Railway. It joins home fleet locos Nos. 20059, 47579 James Nightall G.C. and 50027 Lion, plus a few more guests to be announced. CLASS 207 DEMU S
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Timber Revival For The West Highland Line?
UP TO 50,000 tonnes of timber a year could be moved by rail over the West Highland Line if a joint venture between the Scottish Government and private sector partners comes to fruition. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Scottish Go
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New Severn Valley Webcams Go Live
THE Severn Valley Railway has launched a network of livestream cameras (webcams) offering a round-the-clock feed showing train and rolling stock movements at key locations along the line. The cameras went live on the SVR’s YouTube channel on April 14
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Cracks Now Appearing On GWR Hitachi Class 800 Units
As The RM closed for press, news was emerging of the discovery of cracks on GWR Class 800 IET units. An inspection of vehicle 814013 (from set 800013) revealed a crack, described in the National Incident Report as being on the yaw damper bolster “…in
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Sidelines
NETWORK Rail replaced a historic railway bridge in Reading on March 20, allowing the removal of a speed restriction on the South Western Railway route into the city. The Huntley & Palmers bridge runs across a railway tunnel once used by the famous bi
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New Leicester-Rugby route?
A PROPOSAL to reconnect Leicester with Rugby by rail has emerged and is to be progressed under the DfT’s ‘Restoring Your Railways’ scheme. Backed by South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa, the proposed line would use part of the extant Midland route f
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Readers’ Platform
A REASON that some people like me might be reluctant to make regular use of the trains (and buses etc. too) is that new rail stock is air conditioned. This means that the air is recirculated around the carriage. There may be a percentage of fresh air
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Thompson Revisited
I ENJOYED the recent article by Nicola Fox on Edward Thompson (April 2021), but it left me wondering why, at a time of wartime crisis and postwar austerity, Thompson and the LNER were allowed to design and build the B1 4-6-0 and the L1 2-6-4T locomot
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Didcot’s Pioneer ‘14XX’ Re-wheeled Ahead Of A Return In 2021…
A MAJOR milestone in the overhaul of the Great Western Society’s Collett ‘14XX’ 0-4-2T, No. 1466, has been reached with the re-wheeling of the auto-tank at Western Steam Engineering. The £300,000 contract overhaul is the most extensive No. 1466 has r
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Brent Cross Blockade Prepares For New MML Station
OVER the Easter weekend, Network Rail engineers closed the Midland Main Line near Cricklewood to allow remodelling of the track in preparation for a new station at Brent Cross West. The MML was closed between West Hampstead and Mill Hill Broadway as
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Oxford Canal Viaduct Design Revealed
HS2 Ltd has revealed its proposed design for a three-span concrete viaduct to carry the new railway over the Oxford Canal near the village of Wormleighton, Warwickshire. The 62.5m-long structure will also cross the towpath and a lane, and has been d
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Signalling Fault Caused Dalwhinnie HST Derailment
THE derailment of a Scotrail HST set at Dalwhinnie in the early hours of April 10 was caused by a signalling fault, an RAIB statement concludes. The five-car set, known as HA19, was being operated as an overnight test train between Perth and Tomatin,
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‘P2’ Pony Truck Is Delivered As Cylinder Manufacturers Are Sought
THE pony truck for under-construction Gresley ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales has been delivered to the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s (A1SLT) Darlington Locomotive Works following its fabrication by North View Engineering Solutions in the town. The new p
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