Four centuries on… Mayflower to honour the Mayflower

DAVID Buck’s Thompson ‘B1’ 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower will pay homage to the ship of the same name next September when it heads a commemorative railtour from London to Plymouth and Penzance to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers to the Americas. Steam Dreams’ ‘Mayflower 400’ will

Stunning blue livery for GB Railfreight Class 60s

ONE of the 10 Class 60s acquired by GB Railfreight from Colas Rail has been outshopped by Arlington Fleet Services, Eastleigh, in a bright blue livery.  No. 60026 carries the house colours of leasing company Beacon Rail, which financed the purchase of the locos, five of which have long-range fuel tanks, with

Freightliner Class 66 named You Are Never Alone

FREIGHTLINER joined forces with Samaritans and Greater Anglia at Ipswich station on November 21 to name No. 66416 You Are Never Alone. Neil McNicholas, Freightliner managing director of UK Rail, said: “We wanted to partner with Samaritans for this loco-naming ceremony to pay tribute to, and raise awareness of, the invaluable

Impressive Great Central trio gather at Eastleigh Lakeside

THE Simkins family visited the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (ELSR) on August 10-11 with their unique collection of 10¼in-gauge Great Central Railway locos.  Design and construction started in the early 1990s. The first completed was Andrew Simkins’ award-winning Class 8 (LNER ‘B5’) 4-6-0 ‘Fish’ engine No. 181, in 2002. Father Neil’s Class

Whitepass and Yukon restores Baldwin loco

STEAM returned to the Whitepass and Yukon Railroad in Alaska this summer, with Baldwin-built 2-8-2 No. 73 re-entering service on July 15.  The loco was bought new from Baldwin in 1947 (Works No. 73352) and withdrawn in 1964. It was restored back to working order in 1982, and has been in use over

Class 66s cleared to Oban

CLASS 66 locos have been cleared to work to Oban after a two-year project involving Network Rail and GB Railfreight.  Use of loco-hauled trains was restricted to lighter Class 37s locos prior to completion of the work, because of restricted axle loading.  Upgrading the line for the Class 66

Fire danger puts English Electric diesel in limelight

A RARE English Electric diesel loco worked passenger trains on the ‘Mary Valley Rattler’ heritage line in Queensland in September because of extreme weather and fire danger posed by the normal steam workings.  Ex-Queensland Rail loco No. 1632, one of 34 ‘1620 Class’ locos manufactured by the English Electric Company in

A Cumbrian Coast ‘Jubilee’

STANIER ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 No. 45690 Leander winds its way southbound along the Lakeland coast at St Bees with the return leg of the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Cumbrian Coast Express on September 28. The BR black-liveried ‘Jub’ had left Carlisle at 13.32 and stuck to within four minutes of the timetable through Workington

Rare outing for Middleton’s tiny Hunslet

FORMER brewery 4wD Courage (Hunslet 1786 of 1935) made a rare outing during the Middleton Railway’s Work’s Outing gala on September 14-15. The locomotive was operated on the rarely used Balm Road branch. Here, it leads a demonstration goods train over Moor Road level crossing on the first day

Forget socks, Classic Magazines has a gift for everyone!

At Classic Magazines we’ve made your Christmas shopping simple and straightforward, with plenty of ideas for family and friends in our festive gift guide.  From magazines to merchandise, show tickets to books and bookazines – we’ve got your Christmas covered! Forget the socks this year! You can choose from our huge

December issue on sale!

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine features an insightful look into the final whistle for Virgin Trains! Plus, see Royal Scot return to Skegness! Also in

Former Bodmin DMU enters service on Weardale Railway

CLASS 108 DMU Nos. M52054 and M50980 ran its first revenue-earning service on the Weardale Railway during the October 4-6 railcar weekend.  The vehicles have received much attention since arrival from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in March 2018. The railway hosted the Railcar Association’s 24th annual convention at Stanhope station during the

Western Champion re-engined but woes continue after festival

MAIN-LINE certificated Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion is seen at Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Kidderminster, ex-works, on September 15.  Owner Diesel Traction Group has installed an overhauled MD655 engine in the B end, which was started successfully, and the loco participated in the SVR’s October 3-6 diesel festival.  However,

West Highland Line closed for track and bridge work

OCTOBER 5-13 saw the West Highland Line closed for essential repairs to track and structures between Crianlarich and Fort William.  During the week-long line closure, engineers worked around-the-clock to refurbish and repaint bridges near Spean Bridge and Corrour, and renew drainage systems between Tyndrum Upper and Bridge of Orchy. 

End in sight for Sussex signalboxes

NEWHAVEN Harbour signalbox is one of three due to close at the end of November as part of the resignalling of the Lewes to Seaford branch (the others being Newhaven Town and Lewes ‘B’). New signalling has been installed and will be commissioned during a four-day line closure, with trains

Plan to relieve Edinburgh western approaches: Transport Scotland revives project for Almond Chord

SCOTTISH Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has approved a £15million preliminary project to prepare for the construction of a new chord to the Dalmeny to Winchburgh Junction line, west of Edinburgh. The scheme will enable Transport Scotland and Network Rail to develop three options for the Edinburgh Waverley Western Approaches (EWWA) project,

Consultation on Bakerloo extension project

TRANSPORT for London has launched a 10-week consultation into the latest plans to extend the Bakerloo Line into south-east London. Views are being sought on proposals for the tunnel routes, tunnelling worksites, and also whether to extend the line beyond Lewisham or not.  The proposed extension would run from

‘Forgotten Engines’ at Vale of Rheidol

THE Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) has tended not to hold major gala events, its last being a steam festival in September 2015, centred on two locos that had not steamed for many years.But when they happen, they are special!  With all three of its classic 2-6-2Ts now in main line

Back to the past at Moseley anniversary event

MOSELEY Railway Trust (MRT) harked back to its roots during its September 21-22 50th anniversary celebration at Apedale Valley Light Railway by operating passenger rides on its ‘Field Railway’.  These basic rides, recalling the spirit of operations half a century ago, were undertaken using skip wagon underframes fitted with back-to-back seats

Katie says hello to Katie!

RAVENGLASS & Eskdale Railway’s resurrected 1896-built Heywood 0-4-0T Katie (right) stands alongside Eaton Hall Railway’s 1996-built replica 0-4-0T Katie (centre) at Clayton West Shed on September 14, revealing several interesting differences between the two locos. Rhyl Miniature Railway’s Cagney 4-4-0 No. 44 (left) gives a fascinating contrast in size between miniature and minimum-gauge locos sharing a

Downpatrick diesel gala marks 30 years of the ITG

STEAM gave way to internal combustion power at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) on October 12 as the Irish Traction Group (ITG) celebrated three decades of diesel locomotive preservation. Visitors travelled from both sides of the border, and from across the Irish Sea, to join in the celebrations, which

Middleton Hunslet appearance makes Ribble gala a success

A SHORT-notice agreement to bring the Middleton Railway’s roving Hunslet Brookes No. 1 (2387/1941) to the Ribble Steam Railway (RSR) for its Autumn Steam Gala helped ensure a good turnout for the end-of-season event.  The former Brookes Chemicals Ltd 14in-cylindered 0-6-0ST had recently come to the end of a period of hire

RIA at AusRAIL PLUS 2019: The UK and Australasian Rail Industries

By Neil Walker, Exports Director, Railway Industry Association: Neil Walker The UK and Australian rail industries have often worked together in partnership. In March 2019, the UK’s Railway Industry Association (RIA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) announced a new partnership at a reception hosted by the British Consul-General in Australia,

Transport for NSW: The Transport Digital Accelerator

In the past when Transport for NSW procured products and services, there was a tendency to publish Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Requests for Quotes (RFQ) with a specific list of requirements. This restricted the ability for industry to come up with innovative solutions. For this reason, we now use the

McKinsey: Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative

McKinsey discusses its 2019 report. In September 2019 McKinsey published a report entitled Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative. It describes Australia as “among the most advanced economies globally in effective collaboration between the public and private sectors to deliver transport, energy and social infrastructure. It has also become a leader in private

9466 ready for Gloucs-Warks service

JONATHAN Jones-Pratt’s ‘94XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 9466 has entered service at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at the start of an extended hire to the Cotswold line.  The Hawksworth pannier was trialled on a round trip on October 19, double-heading with another Hawksworth type – ‘Modified Hall’ No.  7903 Foremarke Hall – during the

Didcot secures visit from Fawley Hill’s No. 31

HUDSWELL, Clarke 0-6-0ST Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons No. 31 made its first preservation-era visit to another heritage railway in late October when it joined ‘Swindonised’ Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 813 at Didcot Railway Centre.  No. 31 can usually be found on the late Sir William McAlpine’s private railway at Fawley Hill (now in

Industry Insider Week 48 · 11 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Joondalup Extension Works to Yanchep Commence | Infrastructure METRONET in Perth, Australia, has commenced the early works for the Joondalup Railway Line extension, which will connect the city to the northern suburbs, terminating in Yanchep. The total length of the extension will be 14.5km. The main construction works will begin in

South Western Railway 27-day strike begins

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Commuters are being warned to expect delays as workers on South Western Railway begin a 27-day strike. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 27 days between today and New Year’s Day, threatening travel chaos for commuters and Christmas shoppers. Passengers have been

Steam locomotives on the East Lancashire Railway

Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 No. 46441 spent several years operating on the ELR following its appearance at the August 1993 Steam Railway Festival. Photo: Mike Taylor The East Lancashire Railway has become well known for its wide variety of steam locomotives that have operated along the line and while it would

The official last day of steam

Sunday, August 4, 1968 – the day named by British Rail for the end of ‘normal’ steam – saw just two engines with a full head of steam at Rose Grove.  Immaculately turned-out No. 48773 was all set for the Blackburn-Hellifield- Carnforth leg of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain’s

Black Friday: Six issues of The Railway Magazine for only £15!

Bag a Black Friday bargain and get six issues of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, for only £15! That’s nearly half-price off the cover price! Britain’s best-selling rail title – published continuously since 1897, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike. At The Railway Magazine, we pride ourselves

Black Friday: Six issues of The Railway Magazine for only £14!

Bag a Black Friday bargain and get six issues of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, for only £15! That’s nearly half-price off the cover price! Britain’s best-selling rail title – published continuously since 1897, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike. At The Railway Magazine, we pride ourselves

Alstom Wins Marseille Metro Contract

The existing MPM 76 rolling stock on the Marseille metro entered service in the 1970s and 1980s. New Metro Trains for Marseille Each new rubber-tyre metro train will consist of four cars and be 65m in length. Passengers will be able to move from car to car. Based on a calculation of

Roving Repton on autumn gala circuit

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Southern ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 No. 926 Repton took part in no fewer than three autumn steam galas during September and October, visiting the North West and the East Midlands in the process. Visiting Southern 4-4-0s Nos. 30120 and 926 Repton race past the curve for the Mountsorrel

The Infrastructure Progress Report · Sydney

Estimates suggest that 28,000 people will use the light rail line every day by 2026 with 130,000 people living within walking distance of a stop. Stage 1 will feature 16 accessible stops with services running 7 days a week at a headway of 7.5 minutes during peak times. Transdev will operate

The Ones That Got Away – Preorder now!

Railway heritage enthusiasts are well served by the legendary locos that have survived into preservation – but not every engine was so fortunate. Some of Britain’s finest locomotives were unceremoniously scrapped long before anyone thought to preserve them. The Ones That Got Away tells their story. Despite the millions of pounds and

Bombardier: “Rail Will Play an Important Role in Solving Australia’s Mobility Needs”

RN: “What will you be focusing on at AusRAIL?” Wendy McMillan, President, Southeast Asia and Australia Region: “We are proud to present Bombardier’s latest innovations for sustainable mobility at the AusRail Rail Conference and Exhibition 2019. Wendy McMillan “We will discuss with customers, operators and government officials; our complete value chain of

Re-wheeling planned for The Unknown Warrior

THE LMS-Patriot Project hopes to have new-build ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior back on all of its wheels again before too long following the return of its centre pair of coupled wheels to Swanwick Junction.  The wheelset has had new crank pins fitted at Multi-Tech, near Wakefield, after a problem

Morpeth crash: I helped two survivors

THE feature by Fraser Pithie on the Morpeth Curve (RM Sept) was a fascinating read, which allowed me to re-live my involvement in the 1984 crash. We lived at 45 Low Stobhill at the time of the 1984 crash. I loved the fact there were trains at the bottom of my garden,

Early Experiments in Steam

A working replica of Stockton & Darlington Railway Locomotion No. 1, which hauled the world’s first public train on September 27,1825. Andrew Jeffrey. In less than 30 years at the beginning of the 19th century, steam engine technology went from stationary mining machines to powering the world’s first inter-city railway. In the

Virgin Trains signs off in style!

Photo: PA With the end of the Virgin Trains franchise taking place at 01:59am on December 8 after 22 years of running trains between London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, they’re going out with a bang! To celebrate all that Virgin has achieved since it launched in 1997, the company has

Preservation focus: Forgetten Gems

Mark Smithers considers several important examples of narrow gauge and industrial steam locomotives which are not currently in the forefront of public attention. One of the more sobering aspects of the current domestic heritage railway scene is the large number of historic steam locomotives that can for one or more reasons

19 November: news in brief

FirstGroup directors branded ‘immature’ as shares fall THERE is new turmoil at rail franchise operator FirstGroup, with a major investor branding its directors ‘immature’. Robert Tchenguiz has allied himself with 10 per cent shareholder Coast Capital to demand that First sells off its US businesses. First has already been challenged by

16 November: news in brief

Weekend extra Green light for West Coast franchise NEW assurances by FirstGroup and Trenitalia over competition concerns about the West Coast Partnership franchise have been accepted by the Competition and Markets Authority. The partners have undertaken to cap fares and to maintain cheap Advance fares. The new franchise is due to begin

HS2 should go ahead despite costs hike, says review

Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire A recommendation that HS2 should continue to be built in full despite soaring costs has been welcomed by political leaders in the North. The leaked early draft of a report seen by The Times stated that the high-speed railway should go ahead as “large ticket price rises”

Flooding washes out Churnet Valley gala

IT WAS supposed to be a day of celebration, seeing three USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0’s working together in the UK for the first time since 1944.  However, the Churnet Valley Railway’s (CVR) Super Power Saturday on October 26 ended in disaster after persistent rain flooded part of the lines and washed away

Correction: Pen & Sword printing error

The Railway Magazine November 2019 Railway Magazine November 2019 issue carried a leaflet in our subscriber copies from Pen & Sword Books which has a printing error on the publication ‘Gresley and his Locomotives’.  Pen & Sword apologises for the error, which despite numerous checks evaded correction. The rrp price should have

Guide to Network Rail’s routes and regions

Network Rail’s new geographic regions, established in June, takes on accountability for the delivery of all projects within their borders, including track and signalling.  This is the second phase of the company’s transformation into a customer and passenger focussed business. Andrew Haines, chief executive said: “Network Rail’s drive to be more customer and

London to Glasgow passengers choose rail over air

The proportion of people travelling between London and Glasgow by rail rather than air has reached a record level, according to Virgin Trains. Some 29% of passengers making the journey between England and Scotland’s biggest cities in the 12 months to July chose to travel with the train company rather

Eurostar to merge with Thalys to form ‘Green Speed’

Heading north to Amsterdam: Thalys quad-voltage TGV set 4345 on the high-speed line just south of Rotterdam on September 13, 2018, about to go under the Oude Maas river tunnel.  KEITH FENDER International high-speed operators Eurostar and Thalys announced plans in late September to merge the two companies to create

Restoration beckons for unique Lindsay

A LOCOMOTIVE that has spent more than 20 years out of the public eye will steam again after being acquired by James Bunch. Wigan Coal & Iron Co Ltd 0-6-0ST Lindsay is the sole-surviving locomotive built by the company, and was once a familiar sight at Steamtown, Carnforth, during the 1980s

‘Azuma’ trains improve direct Lincoln services

LNER launched its new Lincoln to King’s Cross ‘Azuma’ service on October 21, increasing the single daily service to five per day.  A sixth service will be introduced at a later stage.  A five-car bi-mode ‘Azuma’ will provide a two-hourly Monday to Friday service departing London at 10.06, 12.06,

Crossrail: The story so far

Walkway for the new Elizabeth Line at Bond Street Station in central London. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire The boss of the company building Crossrail has confirmed the railway will not open next year and has run even further over budget. Crossrail will not open next year and its cost has increased by

Crossrail: Line will not open until 2021 as costs rise

Photo: Crossrail Crossrail will not open next year and its cost has increased by up to £650 million, the firm building London’s new east-west railway has admitted. Mark Wild, chief executive of Crossrail Ltd, insisted services would begin “as soon as practically possible in 2021”. He revealed the bill for the scheme

ScotRail Class 153 cycle conversions underway

WORK on the first of five Class 153 units to be converted for use by ScotRail on the West Highland line has begun at Brodies in Kilmarnock.  Under ScotRail’s plan, these designated carriages, with space for cycles and large sporting equipment, as well as additional seating, will be used with the

November issue on sale!

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine features an in-depth interview with Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy as we discover his passion for transport encompasses both

Worcester Parkway on track for December opening

Construction work is almost complete on the new Worcestershire Parkway station, with testing and commissioning expected to be complete ready for opening on December 15.  The split-level station will be operated by Great Western Railway (GWR) on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, with CrossCountry Cardiff to Nottingham trains serving the lower

Rail Riders enthusiasts’ club set for relaunch

Rail Riders, the club for rail travellers and enthusiasts founded and operated by British Rail between 1981 and 1991, is being relaunched in February. Almost 30 years after the iconic fan club closed, it is being revived by well-known railway accessory and clothing supplier Bufferbeam.  Unlike the original club,

Vivarail battery hybrid trials underway

TRIALS using a Vivarail Class 230 battery hybrid multiple unit were operated on September 9-10 between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh. In addition to diesel power on its converted trains, Vivarail can harness battery power, with hydrogen eventually planned. The company is building on tests undertaken in 2018 when its development set No. 230002

‘Plain Jane’ look for ‘Pendolino’

THE end of Virgin Train West Coast franchise is just two months away, and an on-going repaint programme has led to the release of the first unbranded Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ set.  The repaint work is part of the interim maintenance regime, which began in June 2017. Set No. 390137 was

Factory commissioning of Merseyrail Class 777 begins

STATIC factory-based testing of the first of 52 Stadler Class 777 four-car EMUs for Merseyrail has started in Switzerland.  When engineers are satisfied, the set will be moved to Germany for dynamic testing on Siemens Wildenrath test circuit, before the first completed set is delivered to Merseyside later in the year. 

‘Aberdonian’ success prompts return in 2020

TORNADO Railtours’ series of Edinburgh to Aberdeen day trips concluded on September 7 after a successful first season, with dates having been announced for next year’s trains.  The tours are hauled by ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado and will operate on July 23, September 3 and September 10, offering passengers a diverse selection

Belgian heritage line hosts gala weekend

BELGIAN national rail enthusiasts’ group Patrimoine Ferroviaire et Tourisme (PFT) held its annual gala weekend on the Chemin de Fer du Bocq heritage line from Ciney to Bauche in mid-August.  Steam loco No. 29 013 leaves one of the line’s several tunnels, near Purnode, with a photo freight on August 16. This