Rail News in 2011

We keep our ear to the ground and you updated with all the exciting rail news and events in 2011. Check this section out regularly to stay up to date.

bob horton official railtrack pic

Bob Horton, First Chairman of Railtrack Dies

An appreciation from Phil Marsh.

Bob Horton

steve davies and flying scotsman frames at Bury by phil marsh

Repairs to LNER ‘Icon’ Flying Scotsman Now Estimated at £2.6m

The overhaul of the National Railway Museum’s iconic LNER locomotive Flying Scotsman has been followed with more than usual interest following the discovery of cracks as the engine was about to return to service.


70000 nene valley 1996 phil marsh

‘Britannia’ Being Repainted, Ready for Royal Train Duties?

The first British Rail Standard Locomotive No. 70000 Britannia has been back in service for 7 months and is now back at Crewe where it is to be repainted into BR green.


farringdon new entrance by phil marsh

New Passenger Facilities at Farringdon Station

The newly enlarged and improved Farringdon station was opened marking a major part of the first phase of the Thameslink project being completed, coinciding with the commencement of the Winter 2012 timetable.

New Facilities

new longer 12 car platforms at Blackfriars from Phil Marsh

First Station to Span the River Thames Opens with 12 Car Platforms

Life for any passenger using Blackfriars, but having to go to the Southbank area of The Thames was made considerably easier with the opening of Blackfriars’ new southern ticket hall and entrance/exit on December 12.

12 Car Platforms

WSR gala 23 Mar 2007 by Cliff Thomas

Heritage Steam News

A selection of December news from heritage railways.

Heritage Steam News

WSR gala 24 Mar 2007 by Cliff Thomas

Steam Events 2012

A round up of upcoming special steam events on heritage lines.

Steam Events 2012

GWS Didcot information by Phil Marsh

Repairs to GWR ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward 11 Agreed by Great Western Society at Didcot

One of the most viewed news stories featured on rail.co.uk has been that of the failure of GWR King No. 6023 King Edward 11 with thousands of people accessing it, so this is the update concerning the repairs.

Repairs to GWR

2012-12-07 national railway museum turntable york manchester by Phil Marsh

York Engineer’s Triangle Removal is Requested by Network Rail

Network Rail (NR) is requesting permission to remove the York locomotive turning triangle known as the ‘Engineers’ Triangle’ after the Olympics to create space for building works.

Triangle Removal

DSC02325 carnforth 57601 by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 49

A summary of notable workings for week 49 (December 5-11).

Notable Workings

SKLR 28 Sept 2008 by Cliff Thomas

Narrow Gauge Stations in the News

A trio of station developments at narrow gauge railways are in the news this month: one revived, one hoping for HLF funding, one secures planning permission.

Narrow Gauge

road to the isles by Phil Marsh

Britain’s Nocturnal Passenger Trains

We look at Britain’s “Sleeper” trains, which run between London, Devon, Cornwall and Scotland.

Sleeper Trains

Evesham Vale LR 24 July 2011

New Husband and Wife Team Take Over Evesham Vale LR

The 15in gauge Evesham Vale Light Railway will have new operators from January 3.

Evesham Vale

Tornado website by Phil Marsh

First Loco List for NRM’s Railfest 2012 Announced

The NRM has announced the 15 locomotives – all steam - booked to appear at its June 2-10 ‘Railfest 2012’ event, the largest railway event in the UK next year.

Railfest 2012

Hampton Works by Cliff Thomas

London’s New Railway - The Hanworth Loop

A new heritage railway takes shape in the capital.

Hanworth Loop

kings cross station upgrade by Phil Marsh

Train Fares to Increase by 5.9% from January

UK Rail fares are set to increase by an average of 5.9% in January but this is 2% less than originally announced in mid-August.

Train Fares Increase

6960 by phil marsh

Heritage Steam News December 2011

A round up of November news from heritage railways.

Heritage Steam

Delays and cancellations by Phil Marsh

Network Rail’s Poor Performance Results in Licence Breach Decision by the Rail Regulator

The Office of The Rail Regulator (ORR) had warned Network Rail (NR) that the railway infrastructure company was not performing well with delays attributed to infrastructure growing, while punctuality targets were being missed by some distance.

Poor Performance

West Hampstead Thameslink’s new Over bridge by Nick Hair

West Hampstead Preparing for Thameslink 12 Car Trains from December 11

The long running but crucial Thameslink project is now about to deliver some key outputs with the introduction of 12 car trains from the start of the winter timetable on December 11.

West Hampstead

farringdon train by phil marsh

Farringdon Interchange Upgrade Prepares for 12 Car Trains and for 140 Trains Every Hour!

The Thameslink project has had a huge impact on passengers using Farringdon for the last few years with no weekend or late evening services due to reconstruction upgrade works.


Railtour Motive Power by Nick Hair

Pathfinder’s Festive Railtour Treat

Railtour company Pathfinder are providing a Christmas treat for rail enthusiasts who enjoy the combination of different traction and rare routes.

Railtour Treat

GB Railfreight already operates a diverse range of services by Nick Hair

GB Railfreight Celebrates Tees Steel Win

Britain’s third largest Rail Freight haulier has beaten off competition to operate the main line rail requirements of a steel plant, being re-opened on December 8.

Tees Steel Win

st pancras lego xmas tree by Phil Marsh

600,000 Piece LEGO Christmas Tree stuns Passengers at St. Pancras International

A 32 feet high Christmas Tree was erected at St. Pancras International on November 24 made from 600,000 pieces of lego, including the decorations!

LEGO Christmas Tree

Bristol temple meads by phil marsh

Santa Stopping Shopping Train Beats Christmas Traffic Congestion

The West Somerset Railway and First Great Western are jointly promoting a Christmas shopping train calling at many stations between Minehead, Bristol and Cardiff on December 10th.

Santa Shopping

Anglian Water Cannons by Nick Hair

Train Slides for THREE Miles with “Leaves on the Line”

We’ve all heard about ’Leaves on the line’ and moaned about it, but we look at how they affect rail services and how Network Rail keeps those seasonal delays down.

Train Slides

First Group Liveried class 180 by Phil Marsh

Nine Per Cent More Seats From Next Year for First Great Western Commuters

In an interesting announcement, it has been revealed that First Great Western (FGW) will be offering 9% more seats on their services to and from Paddington next year.

Nine Per Cent

1001 Hastings Diesel Unit by Nicholas Hair

Hastings Diesels Ltd promote Mystery Trip with Secret Timings into South Eastern Unknowns

The popular preserved Hastings Diesel Unit could be leading people “Up the Garden of England Path” on a charter with a difference.

Hastings Diesels Ltd

grosmont connection accident by phil marsh

Runaway Train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Cuts Whitby Branch Line Services

A train comprised of Gresley designed and built carriages ran away from Grosmont station on November 15 and became derailed blocking the Network Rail line to Whitby.

Runaway Train


Original Lamps from LNER A4 Locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley Disappear

It appears that two steam locomotive headlamps belonging to the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust (SNGLPT) may have been stolen.

Lamps Disappear

london bridge throat 077 by Phil Marsh

London Bridge Redevelopment Moves Forward With Contract Awards

Network Rail has announced the award of two key contracts for the rebuilding of London Bridge station and associated track and signalling to remove a large bottleneck on the Thameslink route.

London Bridge

Tangmere by Nick Hair

Kent Hosts Another Year of “Poppy Trains” With Differing Performance Results

But “Tangmere” is beset by issues arising from a seemingly bumbling Network Rail.

“Poppy Trains”

11 car class 390 and transator wagon by phil marsh

Virgin Trains to Receive a New 11 Car Class 390 (“Pendo 55”)

The latest member of The Class 390 “Pendolino” fleet arrived on Wednesday November 16 after being delivered from Italy via the Channel Tunnel.

New Class 390

frozen wheels by phil marsh

The South East Gears up for the Winter

Network Rail returns two of four “GLV” coaches ahead of the predicted snow.


35003 scrapline 1968 by phil marsh

Steam Events to Look Forward to

The summer peak is over and the autumn steam gala events have finished, but there is plenty of steam action to look forward to on Britain’s heritage lines.

Steam Events

Class 66 Locomotives by Nick Hair

Class 66 Ownership and Operational Changes Review

Direct Rail Services, (DRS) - one of Britain’s freight operating companies, has reduced the size of its modern Class 66 fleet allowing Freightliner, Britain’s second largest freight operating company, take on the locomotives with immediate effect.

Class 66 Ownership

polish freight by phil marsh

Regular Freight Commences on High Speed 1 to Europe

The first of a regular weekly rail-freight service to use the High Speed 1 rail route, the only European sized railway in the UK has commenced.

High Speed 1

Class 60 Locomotives by Nicholas Hair

Season Spike in Class 60 Numbers Coincides With Super 60 Programme

The autumnal increase in the Class 60 fleet sees the first of the overhauled locomotives face their first leaf fall season.

Season Spike

Arriva Bubble car at Canton by Phil Marsh

Arriva Acquires Open Access Operator Grand Central Railway

Arriva PLC, the German owned UK Subsidiary, has taken over Grand Central, the East Coast main line Open Access Operator making it the largest UK rail operator by far.


class 56 at Eastleigh yard five hours befire departure to crewe by phil marsh

Class 56s on Their Last Move Before Scrapping

DB Schenker, Britain’s largest freight company, has put the final nail in the coffin of its Class 56 fleet, “Grids”, as engines stored at Eastleigh are finally cleared out for scrapping.

Class 56s

two panniers on Steam on The Met Phil Marsh collection

Double Panniers to Run Charter Train on Freight Routes in the Midlands

Vintage Trains, the Tyseley based Railtour operator, are gearing up to operate what may be a contender for the unusual steam charter train of the year.

Double Panniers

70000 britannia by phil marsh

Notable Workings Week 41

A summary of notable workings for week 41 (10-16 October).

Notable Workings

The Mine of Serpents Railtour by Nicholas Hair

GB Railfreight Takes “EDs” on a Sunny Southern Charter

UK Railtours “Mine of Serpents” puts Hither Green’s heritage traction back on the running lines.

Sunny Southern

The dramatic view from the top of Meldon Viaduct, now a footpath and cycleway. Paul Bickerdyke

A Truly ACE Tour

Railtour follows route of classic named train.

Railtour Follows Route

Bluebell Railway Vintage Trains Gala by Nicholas Hair

Bluebell Gets Back to its Southern Roots

The world’s most famous steam railway hosts a Sunny Southern Gala.


50049 at Stratford on Avon by Phil Marsh

Spitfire to Take “Logs” to Scotland

One of Britain’s leading “Enthusiast” Railtour Operators to take Class 50s from Preston to Edinburgh on November 19.

“Logs” to Scotland

point stretcher bars by phil marsh

Fatal Pendolino Crash Caused by Faulty Maintenance

The cause of the only serious accident involving a Class 390 Pendolino train operated by Virgin on February 23, 2007 has now been announced.

Fatal Pendolino Crash

london transport pannier by phil marsh

Pannier Tank Evening Performance at Stratford

The Vintage Trains’ Pannier Tank No. 7752 will be undertaking a test run on November 10 between Hall Green and Stratford on Avon running as London Transport red liveried No. L94.

Pannier Tank

Virgin Trains by Nicholas Hair

Richard Branson’s Red and White Festive Specials

Virgin Trains will operate three services in December to take people to and from Christmas Markets in Chester and Manchester

Festive Specials

GB Railfreight Class 73 Locomotives by Nicholas Hair

GBRf Expands Class 73 Fleet – Despite Approaching Half a Century Old!

GB Railfreight commits to increasing and maintaining its fleet of heritage Class 73 Diesel Electric locomotives


reading new southern platform 4 and existing bottleneck by Phil Marsh

Reading Station Upgrade Continues Apace - Amid Photography Ban?

Network Rail is leading a huge £500m project centred around Reading station on the Great West Main Line (GWML) which will also provide a new flyover and reinstate a dive-under allowing more trains to operate.

Reading Upgrade

390 at full tilt passes steam train 6201 by Phil Marsh

Virgin Awarded West Coast Main Line Franchise Extension to the End of 2012

Virgin Trains has at long last been awarded the franchise extension by The Department for Transport (DfT) that they had been lobbying for over the last few years.

Franchise Extension

Bredgar & Wormshill 30 Oct 2011 by Cliff Thomas

African Rivers and German Ladies at Bredgar Autumn Event

Kent’s Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway made a late decision to hold an October 30 Autumn Steam Gala with pre-event publicity anticipated steaming at least five locomotives.

Bredgar Autumn Event

Westerham Gala images from Nicholas Hair

Spa Valley Masquerades as the Westerham Valley

The Spa Valley Railway goes from High Weald to North Downs for one week only!

Spa Valley

east coast trains at Kings Cross by phil marsh

Senior Management Changes Affect Four Train Operating Companies

Two train operating companies have announced that they have made changes to their top teams with Elaine Holt and Andy Pitt leaving their posts.

Senior Management

DB electric by Nick Hair

DB Schenker Expands Electric Fleet

Britain’s biggest freight company has had to restore many electric locomotives for work being cheaper to operate than their diesel fleet.

DB Schenker

malcolm lorry on display by phil marsh

DRS Launches a Unique High-Cube Rail Service from Teesport Using New Lowliner Wagons

Direct Rail Services (DRS) started a new container service from the Teesport PD Ports’ container terminal using an innovative wagon to transport what are known as ‘high-cube boxes’ to areas of the UK previously inaccessible by rail.

High-Cube Rail Service

1951 10100089 by phil marsh

60 Years Ago - General Rail News from 1951

The railways in 1951 were changing due to the implementation the Government’s plans following nationalisation in 1948, but of course this meant that political interference grew – especially in the finance area.

60 Years Ago

severn valley bewdley by phil marsh

Class 150 DMUs to be Withdrawn in West Midlands by London Midland after Farewell Tour

The end of London Midland using the Class 150 train will be marked by a special train from Snow Hill to Worcester, Bridgorth and Stratford on Avon via the Lickey on November 12.

Farewell Tour

olympic stadium at stratford by phil marsh

Stratford, London, to Become a Major Tourist Attraction With the ‘Olympic Orbit’

Construction of what is claimed to be the largest piece of artwork in the World and the UK’s largest sculpture named Orbit, reached a major milestone on October 28.

Olympic Orbit

No. 60163 'Tornado', 70000 'Britannia' and 60019 'Bittern'. Paul Bickerdyke.

Steam Giants on the Move

Three Pacifics move to Mid-Hants Railway

Steam Giants

D9016 (55016) passes 55022 at Ramsbottom on October 15, 2011. Paul Bickerdyke

British Haulage Record Created as ‘Deltic Gathering’ Draws the Crowds

Five Class 55s haul trains at the ELR.

British Haulage Record

Streamlined icons 6229 and 4468 at York on October 14, 2011. Paul Bickerdyke.

Side-by-side Golden Age of Steam Streamliners

‘Mallard’ and ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ on show together.

Golden Age

liverpool street disruption sign by Phil Marsh

Network Rail Wires Down at Bethnal Green Creates Havoc on Liverpool Street Services

Tuesday October 18th was not a good day for passengers using Liverpool Street services after the overhead wires came down at around 5am near Bethnal Green.

Liverpool Street

norwich station by Phil Marsh

Massive Disruption After Wires Come Down at Bethnal Green on the Day National Express Lose Anglia Franchise to Dutch Railways

The Minister of State for Transport (Theresa Villiers) announced in a written statement that Abellio Greater Anglia Limited has been awarded the Greater Anglia (Short) franchise.

Great Eastern Route

warley german model railway station by Phil Marsh

Time for the UK’s Largest Model Railway Show at the NEC, Birmingham

The Warley Model Railway show is the largest exhibition of model and miniature railways in the UK and takes place on November 19 and 20.

NEC, Birmingham.

Avon Valley Railway Gala 16 Oct. All images Cliff Thomas.

The Wanderer Returns for Avon Valley Gala

Avon Valley Railway holds biggest ever gala event over two days featuring four locomotives.

Avon Valley Gala

Selection of images from the East Lancashire Railway Deltic Weekend event
Images from Nick Hair

East Lancashire Railway Runs Five “Deltics” at Deltic Weekend

The East Lancashire Railway celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the “Deltic” (BR Class 55) of locomotive with an ever-popular Diesel Event dedicated to the type.

East Lancashire

bluebell railway by Phil Marsh

Last of the Autumn Steam Galas – NINE in Steam on The Watercress Line!

The final preserved railway tranche of steam galas will be held on the last weekend in October and the first weekend in November.

NINE in Steam

Perrygrove Rly 24 Sept 2011. All images Cliff Thomas.

Minimum Gauge Secrets in the Forest

The Perrygrove Railway, just south of the Forest of Dean town of Coleford, is a 15in gauge line opened to the public in August 1996.

Minimum Gauge

9466 at quainton

Controversy Surrounds Withdrawal of GWR ‘King’ King Edward 11 at Didcot After a 22 Year Restoration

The blue liveried Great Western Railway ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward 11 is at the centre of a blazing row at Didcot following boiler leaks.

Withdrawal of GWR

LBR ic gala 1 Oct 2011

Sand Line Gala at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway

The Leighton Buzzard narrow Gauge Railway celebrated two anniversaries recently by holding a Gala event which took visitors back to the line’s roots.

Sand Line Gala

Blue and green liveries on 55022, 55015. Paul Bickerdyke

Seven Deltics Thrill at Shildon

Unique gathering of Class 55s and their prototype.

Seven Deltics

The five locomotives approach Huddersfield

Five Deltic Convoy Stuns Masses

A convoy of five “Deltic” locomotives has left many enthusiasts in awe, 30 years since the withdrawal of the type from front line service.

Five Deltic Convoy

4472 hitchin phil marsh

Flying Scotsman’s Multi-Million Pound Repair Bill

The purchase and overhaul of the National Railway Museum’s Iconic steam locomotive, No. 4472 Flying Scotsman now looks as though it could cost up to FOUR MILLION POUNDS.

Flying Scotsman

Lord Mayor Michael Bar, Duke of Gloucester and Master of the WCoP Chris Sneath arrive at Cannon Street

Cannon Street’s Giant Bronze Plumber

Whilst we may associate world famous sculptor Martin Jennings with John Betjeman at St Pancras International, a new seven foot bronze statue of a Plumbers Apprentice at London's Cannon Street terminus has been inveiled.

Giant Bronze Plumber

50 years of east coast trains

Network Rail Unilaterally Bans Weekday Steam on the East Coast Main Line

Following the fires in the Doncaster area on September 2 caused by former Southern Railway ‘King Arthur’ No. 30777 Sir Lamiel, Network Rail (NR) has taken draconian action and banned all steam trains on the East Coast Main Line on weekdays with immediate effect.

Bans Weekday Steam

1. 03079 and invited guests at the DVR. Paul Bickerdyke

Derwent Valley Marks Closure Anniversary

30 years since independent railway closed.

Derwent Valley

1. Mayor of Cambridge Ian Nimmo-Smith and NXEA M.D. Andrews Chivers name 379015 City of Cambridge. Paul Bickerdyke

Cambridge Naming and Speed Record

Class 379 EMU named ‘City of Cambridge’.


1. Flexity 2 tram No. 001 next to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Paul Bickerdyke

New Trams Boost for Blackpool

First of modern fleet arrives.

New Trams

Flying Scotsman engineer kennington on the engine
All images Phil Marsh

Farewell to George Hinchcliffe – Flying Scotsman’s North American Manager, Rescuer and Pioneering Steam Preservationist

George Hinchcliffe has died aged 89 marking the end of a remarkable career including managing and rescuing Flying Scotsman from its American tour in1973.

George Hinchcliffe

60163 tornado at ParsonsTunnel by Jack Boskett

Autumn Steam Gala Weekends Continue Unabated on Weekend of October 15 and 16th

The Autumn steam gala season carries on over the middle weekend on October in Buckinghamshire, Wales and the north.

October 15 and 16th

1. No. 73096 works the demonstration goods train. Paul Bickerdyke

Mid-Hants Members' Day

Three in steam plus DEMU in use.

Members Day

Alan Keef Open Day 24 September 2011

Steam Locomotive Builders Alan Keef Ltd Opens its Doors

A small factory alongside a house and garden amid the rolling hills of Herefordshire is maybe not the most obvious location for a significant railway business.

Alan Keef Ltd

57601 carnforth 16 jan 060030

Notable Workings Week 38

A summary of notable workings for week 38 (19 - 25 September).

Week 38

freight line passenger train by phil marsh

Freight Line Charter Frenzy on October 22nd!

A couple of new freight line tours have been announced to take place this month making this Autumn somewhat of a freight line frenzy!

Charter Frenzy

6233 Duchess of Sutherland by phil marsh

Sellafield Closure Hits Cumbrian Coast Steam Charter Trains

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) which now runs Sellafield and 18 other UK nuclear sites has placed an instant ban on steam charter trains using their Sellafield facilities.

Sellafield Closure

vsoe train by phil marsh

Notable Workings Week 37

A summary of notable workings for week 37 (12 - 18 September).

Week 37

Rail Blue Charter 2011 brochure cover

Rail Blue Charters Suspend Operations Indefinitely

Rail Blue Charters has announced that it is to suspend operations for the rest of the year at least, following six consecutive charter train cancellations.

Rail Blue

cruise save train passing Feltham by Nick Hair

Cruise Liner Charter Train Details

Cruise Liner Express trains are operated by Direct Rail Services for passengers embarking on a cruise from Southampton Docks or returning from their cruise.

Cruise Liner

Honeybourne by Phil Marsh in 2002

£70m Route Upgrade Completed

The partial redoubling of the 51 mile Oxford to Worcester Cotswold route was completed in September by Network Rail in conjunction with First Great Western, Gloucestershire County Council and the Department for Transport.

Upgrade Completed

marylebone station by phil marsh

Chiltern Railways Launch ‘Mainline’ Silver Service Between London, Banbury and Birmingham

Chiltern Railways has introduced direct competition to Virgin with their London to Birmingham services running under the ‘Mainline’ banner introduced last month.

Chiltern Railways

4965 by Jack boskett

Notable Workings Week 36

A summary of notable workings for week 36 (5 - 11 September).

Week 36

All images from Cliff Thomas
All depict scenes from the Brecon Railway and its workshops.

Take An American Steam Experience in the South Wales Brecon Mountains

Do you want a taste of American railroading without travelling there? Experience in the heyday of the famed 2ft gauge networks of Maine (USA) near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales in the Brecon Beacons.

Steam Experience

class 56 at Old Oak Common
All images Phil Marsh

DB Shenker put up Class 56 Fleet for Sale

Freight operators DB Shenker has offered for sale 33 of its Class 56 diesel fleet currently stored at Crewe, Toton, Warrington, Barrow Hill and Eastleigh.

DB Shenker

All pictures from Cliff Thomas

The Monster and the Big Pit Demonstrates Industrial Steam in The Valleys

The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway brought stirring sights and amazing sounds of hard working industrial steam during its September 17-18 Autumn Gala.

Industrial Steam

30777 Sir Larniel at Crewe with Phil Marsh sitting

Preserved Railway Autumn Steam Gala News

The Autumn steam gala season progresses over the second weekend in October at two popular preserved steam railways when up to 20 steam engines may appear!

Autumn Steam Galas

race ahead

South West Trains voted Passenger Train Operator of The Year

South West Trains has a good reputation for operating an efficient service on one of the busiest routes in Britain and has just been voted the best Passenger Operator in the UK.

Operator of The Year

73206 at Eastleigh by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 35

A summary of notable workings for week 35 (29August – 4 September).

Week 35

34070 at Eastleigh Works - by Phil Marsh

West Somerset Railway Autumn Steam Gala

'Battle of Britain' No. 34070 Manston, owned by Southern Locomotives Ltd and based at the Swanage Railway, is the headline guest for the West Somerset Railway’s September 29-October 2 Autumn Steam Gala.

Autumn Steam Gala

45428 Pictures from Phil Marsh

North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway Autumn Gala

North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway bills no less than NINE engines for their Autumn Steam Gala between September 30 and October 2.

North Yorkshire Gala

All pictures by Cliff Thomas taken at the Gala event and at the Rhiw Valley Light Railway

Welsh Narrow Gauge Railway News

Joan and Jack enjoy a steamy weekend on the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway and Rhiw Valley Light Railway news.

Welsh Narrow Gauge

Whitby 1931 steam charabanc

Railways and Life in 1943 Wartime Whitby, Grosmont and Pickering

Experience 1943 Wartime living conditions and steam train travel between Whitby, Grosmont and Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors and Esk Valley Railway this Autumn.

1943 Wartime

4472 York

Flying Scotsman’s Continuing Expensive Delay

In late September it looked increasingly unlikely that iconic steam locomotive No. 4472, Flying Scotsman would be steaming anywhere this year with indications it could be well into 2012 before the A3 turns a wheel under its own power.

Flying Scotsman

Train of Hope

A Fantastic Deal for a Fantastic Cause

A massive 25% discount is now on offer to anyone booking a table of four on the CLIC Sargent Train of Hope scenic charity railtour. That’s buy three get one free!

A Fantastic Deal

69621 at chinnor station

999 at Chinnor

It's all change at Chinnor as 999 arrives.

999 at Chinnor

Transpennine class 185 York

Mid September General News Roundup

A summary of the most relevant rail news this September so far...

News Roundup

1941 Euston

Seventy Years Ago - Railways at War

Taking a look back at the railway scene 70 years ago.

Seventy Years Ago

Charter news September 2011

September Charter News

All the Charter news from September 2011.

Charter News


September Rail News

Network Rail News Roundup.

September Rail News

September Heritage News 5768

September Heritage Steam News

All of the heritage steam news from September.

Heritage News


National Railway Museum Shuttles to run without Flying Scotsman

The first series of National Railway Museum (NRM) promoted shuttle trains between the York NRM and its Shildon Locomotion northern base.

NRM Shuttles

East Anglian Railway Museum (EARM)

Celebrations Galore at Essex Railway Beer Festival!

Join the UK’s premier railway-based beer festival from September 6 to September 10 inclusive!

Railway Beer Festival


Notable Workings Week 34

A summary of notable workings for week 34 (22 - 28 August).

Week 34

Virgin mark 3 set

Notable Workings Week 33

A summary of notable workings for week 33 (15 - 21 August).

Week 33

Swanley park

The Swanley Park Railway

Swanley Park was purchased by the local council from a Farmer 30 years ago and very soon opened for public use as a civic amenity. It now celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Swanley Park Railway

Didcot King no 6023 March 31st 2011

Blue Engine Blues

August did not bring the best of news for two prestige locomotives carrying blue livery.

Blue Engine Blues

Class 90 Electric

Electric Weekend in Coventry to Showcase Icons of Rail Travel

Get ready for another train-tastic weekend in Coventry, as Electric Railway Museum throw its doors open for visitors to explore its rich collection.

Electric Weekend


Notable Workings Week 32

A summary of notable workings for week 32 (8 - 14 August).

Week 32


Mid-August News

Early August news roundup.

Mid-August News

60074 teenage cancer trust

Notable Workings Week 31

A summary of notable workings for week 31 (1 - 7 August).

Week 31

gnr colour 440 express engine

100 Years Ago

Take a look back at the railway scene 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago

G-WR_Winchcombe July 24 2011

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway News

The latest GWR news.



National Collection News

Read on for national collection updates.

National Collection

Spitfire Tours

Routes & Branches 1

Spitfire Railtours announced their intention to run two “Routes & Branches” railtours from London.

Routes & Branches 1


August Charter News

All the charter news from August 2011.

August Charter News

5972 hogwarts

August 1st News Roundup

A selection of exciting rail news including record breaking and free ice creams!

News Roundup

APT Crewe

Historic Locomotive Arrives in Coventry

One of the fastest and most influential trains in the world is being welcomed into its new home at Coventry’s Electric Railway Museum.

Historic Locomotive

5972 hogwarts

July Heritage News

A roundup of July's steam heritage news.

July Heritage News

Llanberis Lake Railway 40th Gala

Llanberis Lake Celebrates 40 Years

Llanberis Lake Railway's 40th birthday is celebrated in style.

Llanberis Lake

Eliot Anderson

A Grand (Central) Day Out

Eliot Andersen reports on Grand Central.

Grand Day Out

Petrovic Hammond

High Speed Rail Link Two (HS2) – The Great Debate

Phil Marsh takes an objective look at the High Speed UK rail debate.

The Great Debate

Tornado on test

July Charter News

All the charter news from July 2011.

July Charter News

6233 last trip Kings Cross

633 News Update 21st July

Find out more about the Duchess' plans to possibly return to the main line.

633 News Update

Didcot engines

Mid July News Roundup

A summary of this month's exciting rail news so far.

News Roundup

Aberystwyth July 16

Notable Workings July 11-17

A summary of notable workings from week 27 (July 11-17).

Notable Workings


Visit the Biggest Preserved Steam Gala Events by Rail

Find details here on how to visit the biggest and best steam gala events by rail.

Steam Gala Events


SR ‘Schools’ No. 925 Cheltenham overhaul Update

The 4-4-0 Maunsell designed ‘Schools’ Class V s once again inside Eastleigh Works being overhauled.

Cheltenham Overhaul

Class 20 Diesel and Class 31 Diesel at Crewe

Notable Workings July 4-10, 2011

A summary of notable train workings from July 4-10.

Notable Workings

Balise and locox

ERTMS Update

An update on the progress of the European Rail Traffic Management System.

ERTMS Update

Adrian Shooter on 9600

Adrian Shooter Announces Retirement

Adrian Shooter has announced his intention to retire at the end of December.

Retirement Plans


Buying a Ticket at Baldock Station

Read all about Phil's experiences at Baldock Station.

Baldock Station


July 1st News Roundup

A summary of railway news from July 1st.

News Roundup


East Anglian Railway Museum to run on Main Line?

The East Anglian Railway Museum (EARM) have taken an important delivery!

East Anglian Railway

Selby diversion

30 Years Ago

Taking a look back at the railways scene 30 years ago.

30 Years Ago


Preserved Steam Events June/July

Events for end of June/early July

Steam Events

Thames Link

National Rail News Roundup – June 2011

A roundup of of all Network Rail projects currently underway in June 2011.

News Roundup

Chilterns Dave Newell Drive

Chiltern Railways’ Dave Newell Honoured

Dave was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was awarded an MBE for his work. It is well deserved.

Dave Newell Honoured


June Heritage News

Read on for a roundup of June's heritage news.

June Heritage News


Notes and News June 16th

Notes and News from June 16th.

Notes and News

Charter Trains

Notes and News June 9th

Notes and News from June 9-15th

Notes and News

30777 Scarborough

Notes and News June 4th - 8th

Notes and News from June 4-8th.

Notes and News

Royal Saloon

Notes and News June 3rd

Notes and News from June 3rd.

Notes and News

British-based trio steam in France

British-based Trio Steam in France

A trio of UK-based narrow gauge steam locomotives crossed the channel to star in a major gala in Picardy over June 2-5.

Trio Steam in France

Didcot Rail Motor

Magnificent Steam Rail Motor runs at Didcot

The Great Western Society’s steam Railmotor No. 93 has entered service at Didcot Railway Centre.

Didcot Steam Motor

Terrier W8

Notes and News June 2nd

Notes and News from June 2nd.

Notes and News

30777 Scarborough

Notes and News June 1st

Notes and News from 1st June.

Notes and News

Passenger train

Isle of Wight Gala Report

A report from the Isle of Wight steam gala on May 28.

Isle of Wight Gala

Interest Duke of Gloucester 250x250

May Heritage Steam News Round up

All the steam news for May

May Heritage

LBR Coffee Pot Fest

Great ‘Coffee Pot’ gathering at Leighton Buzzard

Bedfordshire’s 2ft gauge Leighton Buzzard Railway aimed to set a new world record for the number of ‘Coffee Pot’ locomotives in one location over May 14-15.

Coffee Pot’

Jacobite Glenfinnan Viaduct

European Rail Traffic Management System

The system has been introduced on the Cambrian and ends steam operations.


Pete Waterman unveils the commemorative plaque.

Ffestiniog Celebrates175th Anniversary

Ffestiniog celebrates its 175th anniversary and completion of revived Welsh Highland Railway


Interest Old Loco Steam 250x250

May Notes and News

Notes and News from May

Notes and News

Chiltern bubble car

Chiltern Railways Unveil New Train

Chiltern Railways unveil new train and finish station upgrade project.

Chiltern Railways

Scotsman 4631

News Roundup - May 31st

Current news from the rail world.

News Roundup

Dining Train

End of Restaurant Cars on the UK Rail Network

The end of full dining services on the national network.

End of Restaurant Cars

67013, Marylebone

Notes and News

Notes and news from the rail world

Notes and News

No. 4492

Behind The Great Britain 4 UK Railtour

Behind the scenes of the Great Britain 4 UK Railtour - April 2011

Great Britain 4

Header Train Tracks

Train of Hope Charity Steam Tour


Train of Hope

Warship, 1971

Forty years ago

A look at the railway scene in Spring 1971

Forty years ago

Eccles cake winner

By train in search of an Eccles Cake

Finding a real Eccles cake in Eccles

By train to Eccles

Pony at Wrexham General

Wrexham General - Newest train stabling point?

A man tried to take a pony for a train ride on May 14 on the 1902hrs Holyhead service at Wrexham General station.

Wrexham General

Header Image

Rail News Roundup - May

An in-depth rail news roundup for May.

May Roundup

Class 33 Hatfield, 1961

50 Years Ago

Railway round up from March and April 1961

50 Years Ago

Royal Saloon

The King's 'Royal Saloon'

Severn Valley Railway unveils The King's Royal Saloon

Royal Saloon

Terrier W8 Freshwater at havenstreet on freight

Isle of Wight Steam Railway 40th Anniversary Gala

The award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Isle of Wight Gala


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