Rail News in 2012

We keep our ear to the ground and you updated with all the exciting rail news and events in 2012. Check this section out regularly to stay up to date.

Crowds at Liverpool Street courtesy of Phil Marsh

Top Ten Overcrowded trains named by Department for Transport

Published 21st December 2012


London Midland trains at Worcester courtesy of Phil Marsh

London Midland offers Government imposed £7m Christmas Present to its long suffering Passengers

Published 21st December 2012

£7m Present

Steam Train on the Metropolitan 18 May 1994 69523 courtesy of Phil Marsh

Steam Trains to run Underground from Moorgate in January

Published 18th December 2012

Steam Trains

Gadget Trolley Thumbnail

All aboard this Christmas!

Published 18th December 2012

Gadget Trolley

Thumbnail 2 Pendelinos in the snow courtesy of Phil Marsh

West Coast Main Line Performance Threat by Virgin

Published 18th December 2012

Threat by Virgin

Class 20 No. 20312 Heading a RHTT working at York courtesy of Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 49, 2012

Published 17th Dcember 2012

Notable Workings

Record Passenger Numbers Carried coutesy of Phil Marsh

Rail Fares Increases Improve Cycle Safety

Pubished 14th December

Fares Increases

Thumbnail courtesy of Phil Marsh

Annual Railway Heritage Awards made in London

Published 14th December 2012

Heritage Awards

Streamlined Coronation Class No. 6229 courtesy of Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 47, 2012

Published 10th December 2012

Notable Workings

Virgin Trains at Euston courtesy of Phil Marsh

Mind the Gap? West Coast Laidlaw Report identifies huge problems in the DfT and The Treasury

Published 10th December 2012

Mind the Gap?

Crowded train courtesy of Phil Marsh

Rail Regulator reports Record Passenger Numbers and revenue

Published 10th December

Record Numbers

ICEC Business Class seats courtesy of Phil Marsh

East Coast Main Line train concept unveiled by Rail Consortium

Published 10th December 2012

Concept Unveiled

Loading a container train courtesy of Phil Marsh

UK’s Largest Container Railfreight Depot Just One Year From Opening

Published 3rd December

Opening Soon

34067 at Weymouth courtesy of Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 46, 2012

Published 3rd December 2012

Notable Workings

Victoria Travel Centre when opened in 1948 courtesy of Phil Marsh

Bucking The Ticketing Trend at Prize Winning Millom

Published November 29th

Bucking The Trend

November 2012 Tornado 11 courtesy of Frank Dumbleton

Now, It's a Blue Tornado

Published 29th November

Blue Tornado

West of England Train at Axminster courtesy of Phil Marsh

Which is the best Train Operator Pound for Pound?

Published 27th November 2012

Best Train Operator

Bradshaw Lecture Tim O Toole courtesy of Phil Marsh

Rail Delivery Group Chairman delivers Franchising Structure Lecture to the Rail Industry (and the Government)

Published 27th November 2012

Rail Industry Lecture

Keeping trains going through floods courtesy of Phil Marsh

Network Rail Announces Half Year Financial Results for 2012/2013

Published 27th November 2012

NR Financial Results

Freight Yard at York courtesy of Phil Marsh

250 UK Freight Yards to Close?

Published 22nd November 2012

Freight Yards

1970 Crossing at Lincoln courtesy of Phil Marsh

Network Rail Highlights the Penalties of Incorrectly Using Rail Crossings

Published 20th November 2012

Rail Crossings

Northampton Ironstone Railway Santa courtesy of Phil Marsh

Christmas Steam and Diesel Special Trains across the UK

Published 19th November 2012

Christmas by Steam

The Tour Arrives at Oxenhope courtesy of Paul Bickerdyke

UK Railtours and East Midlands Trains Charter Breaks New Ground for a High Speed Train

Published 12th November 2012

High Speed Train

Heritage Balloon Tram No.717 courtesy of Paul Bickerdyke

World Famous Illuminated Trams Close Seaside Tourist Season

Published 12th November 2012

Trams Close

Railmotor courtesy of GWS

Railmotor No. 93 Main Line Runs in Cornwall Put Back a Week

Published 9th November 2012

Railmotor No. 93

3 Bathgate Line Construction Works courtesy of Phil Marsh

Contracts For New Scottish Railway Signed

Published 9th November 2012

Scottish Railway

Network Rail No. 97303 courtesy of Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 43, 2012

Published 6th November 2012

Notable Workings

Flying Scotsman Railfest courtesy of Cliff Thomas

Flying Scotsman – ‘What Went Wrong’

Published 6th November 2012

Flying Scotsman

No. 44422 at Eridge on the Spa Valley courtesy of Nick Hair

First and Last Steam Locomotive News at the Spa Valley and Isle of Wight Steam Railways

Published 6th November 2012

Locomotive News

4 First HSTs at Bristol courtesy of Phil Marsh

Interim Review of West Coast Main Line Franchising Errors Published by Government

Published 5th November 2012

West Coast Main Line

HS2 and EWR cross each other where the bridge is at Quainton courtesy of Phil Marsh

Plans to Construct the First Main Line Between Two Cities in a Hundred Years Approved by The Government

Published 5th November 2012

First Main Line

Gloucester Warwickshire re-opening courtesy of Cliff Thomas

Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway Reopens as a Through Line After Subsidence Works Completed.

Published 5th November 2012

Railway Reopens

Eurostar 320 launch Oct 2010 courtesy of Phil Marsh

Eurostar – Going for a Song between America and the Alpine Ski Slopes – Reports a Good Olympics.

Published 29th October 2012


On 60009 ready for departure from York courtesy of Phil Marsh

World Steam Speed Record 75th Anniversary Celebrations Commence

Published 29th October 2012

Steam Record

The derailment at Llanboidy from RAIB

Lorry Drivers to Blame for Rail Crashes

Published on 28th September 2012

RAIB Findings

1999 steam on the Met 62005 at Ruislip courtesy of Phil Marsh

150th Anniversary of The Metropolitan Railway Celebration Details Announced

Published 26th October 2012

150th Anniversary

Brighton Belle at Haywards Heath in May 1948 courtesy of Phil Marsh collection

Bringing Back The Brighton Belle

Published 24th October 2012

Brighton Belle

Britainnia Class No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' courtesy of Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 40, 2012

Published 23rd October 2012

Notable Workings

London Midland trains at Birmingham International courtesy of Phil Marsh

London Midland Train Services Disrupted Again by Lack of Staff

Published 23rd October 2012

London Midland

Guests leave the special train at Claydon courtesy of EWRL consortium

Railway Cul-De-Sacs to become the Outer London Orbital Railway in Five Years Time

Published 22nd October 2012


Last train and new train courtesy of Paul Winter

Swinging Sixties Stock Withdrawn from London Underground

Published 22nd October 2012

Metropolitan Line

Virgin Filming at Euston courtesy of Phil Marsh

West Coast Main Line Franchise Extended Yet Again by the Government

Published 17th October 2012


Ryde Pier tram. Photographer unknown 100x100

IOWSR Million Pound Scheme Starts

Published 16th October 2012

IOWSR Scheme

Both A4s at Liverpool docks courtesy of Natonal Railway Museum - 100x100

Record Breaking Class Repatriation Takes Place at Liverpool

Published 16th October 2012

Record Breaking

thumb Virgin MD Chris Gibb and samaritans Catherine Johnstone and Felicity at the Virgin naming. By Phil Marsh

Rail Industry and Samaritans Launch Partnership

Published 10th October 2012


thumb Preserved Class 50 No. 50026 'Indomitable'. By Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 39, 2012

Published 10th October 2012

Week 39, 2012

Painting the nameplate of 60019. By Phil Marsh

Royal steam locomotive to turn blue from November

Published 9th October 2012

Royal steam

How the new Class 68 for DRS will look

More details of new Class 68 diesel locomotive released

Published 9th October 2012

New Class 68

Ticket office closed. By Phil Marsh

London Midland ticket office closures labelled as a benefit by the Government

Published 9th October 2012

London Midland

The nameplate of Virgin Thunderbird No. 57307. By Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 38, 2012

Published 8th October 2012

Week 38, 2012

First and Virgin at Euston by Phil Marsh

Carry on Franchising? Sir Humphrey says no!

Published 8th October 2012

Carry on?

Virgin celebrations at Euston by Phil Marsh

Government announces a halt to the Rail Franchising system

Published 4th October 2012

Halt to Rail Franchise

Railfest Duchess of Hamilton. By Cliff Thomas

NRM’s ‘Railfest 2012’ a success despite a £200,000 loss

Published 1st October 2012

Railfest 2012

Africa Express. By Direct Rail Services

Notable Workings Week 36, 2012

Published 1st October 2012

Week 36, 2012

Before it can be captured, the horse turns away. By Paul Bickerdyke

Drama as horse wanders on to railway tracks

Published 1st October 2012


Railmotor and HST Frank Dumbleton

Vintage award winning Railmotor Tickets go on sale

Published on 28th September 2012

Railmotor Tickets

Steve Davies on Scots Guardsman by Phil Marsh

Steve Davies Resigns

Published on 24th September 2012

Steve Davies Resigns

Chinnor arson attack asbestos warning by Phil Marsh

Arson Attack

Published on 21st September 2012

Arson Attack

Looking from kingscote towards east grinstead by Phil Marsh

Autumn Track Treks to pay for new East Grinstead rail connection and Standard Four steam locomotive

Published 17th September 2012

New East Grinstead

60007 the Boissier family who funded the purchase of Gresley by Phil Marsh

Record breaking class reunion gathers pace across the Atlantic

Published 11th September 2012

Class reunion

Thumb - 2009 Ivatt Trust hands over the engines by Phil Marsh

Historic locomotive swap announced between preserved railways

Published 11th September 2012

Locomotive swap

Central Drivers Badge. Courtesy of FGW

First Great Western and Avon Valley Railway to host late September Bristol Railway festivals

Published 4th September 2012


7 warship at waterloo in 1966 by Phil Marsh. Thumb

40 Years ago - From British Rail’s space train to ending of the steam ban

Published 3rd September 2012

40 Years ago

Who owns this finmere site on the hs2 route by Phil Marsh

High Speed 2 Half yearly Progress Report

Published 31st August 2012

HS2 Progress


Severn Valley Railway goes for Gold as Sir Keith Park and 1501 enter traffic

Published 27th August 2012

Severn Valley Gold

Passenger numbers grow

Rail fares increase sets the late summer news agenda

Published 25th August 2012

Rail Fares Increase


Virgin’s lost franchise sets the news agenda

Published 25th August 2012

Virgin’s lost franchise


Notable Workings Week 31, 2012

Published 19th August 2012

Week 31, 2012

virgin red light phil marsh

Virgin Loses Franchise

Published 16th August 2012

Virgin Loses Franchise


Competition within Network Rail for rail enhancements

Published 9th August 2012

Network Rail


Waterloo's £25m passenger upgrade creates longest railway balcony

Published 9th August 2012

£25m balcony


Mallard is painted Black, an iconic York railway sign goes yellow and 150 year old tracks are uncovered

Published 6th August 2012

York Plans

first great western paddington by phil marsh

PR Battle for the West Coast Main Line Franchise

Published 6th August 2012

Battle for Franchise


Notable Workings Weeks 30, 2012

Published 3rd August 2012

Notable Workings

48151 by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 29, 2012

Published 30th July 2012

Week 29, 2012

Newly lengthened No. 390124 undergoing tests at Longsight. Paul Bickerdyke

Pendolino lengthening programme nears half-way

Published 30th July 2012

Pendolino programme

NR HQ open by Phil Marsh

Network Rail holds Annual General meeting and opens new National Centre as part of reformation of the company

Published 30th July 2012

Annual meeting

Hitachi IEP by Agility Trains

Intercity Express Project gathers pace after a 1000 day delay by the Government

Published 30th July 2012

Intercity Express

34067 Tangmere by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 27, 2012

Published 23rd July 2012

Week 27, 2012

Launch of changing trains fund raising appeal by Phil Marsh

Million Pound Lottery Award for Royally Acknowledged Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Published 23rd July 2012

Million Pound Award

HM Queen at Hereford station by Jack Boskett photography

Royal Train Steam hauled twice in July within 10 days

Published 23rd July 2012

Royal Train Steam

David Burbage, Theresa May, Mark Hopwood HST cake Pic by FGW

First Great Western’s extra trains and new Heathrow Link launched by Home Secretary

Published 17th July 2012

Extra trains

Bedford EMT HST by Phil Marsh

Government announces huge Five Year Railway Investment Plan

Published 23rd July 2012

Investment Plan

Battle of Britain Class No.34067 'Tangmere' by Paul Bickerdyke

Notable Workings Week 26, 2012

Published 16th July 2012

Notable Workings

Didcot Rail Motor 135 by Phil Marsh

Vintage Great Western Railway Steam Railmotor approved for main line running

Published 13th July 2012

Vintage Great Western

34067 at Titfield by Phil Marsh

The ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’ is rerun in Norfolk 60 years after the original train ran

Published 13th July 2012

‘Titfield Thunderbolt’

Kent Power by Cliff Thomas

Middleton Railway celebrates its 200th anniversary

Published 13th July 2012

200th anniversary

Mark Hopwood as MD Silverlink by Phil Marsh

Olympic Travel Chaos looms as The RMT ballots more and more railway staff for industrial action

Published 13th July 2012

Olympic Travel Chaos

Epping Ongar re-opening Roger Wright. By Cliff Thomas

Two Heritage Railway re-openings take place this summer

Published 25th June 2012

Railway re-openings

Cleethorpes Coast Cliff Thomas

Rails beside the Lincolnshire seaside this summer – real train operating history in action

Published 24th June 2012

Train history in action

Wolverton Opening Handshake by Phil Marsh

London Midland Celebrates

Published 11th July 2012


Buying Tickets

Alice Comes Home

Published 19th June 2012


Buying Tickets

More on HS2

Published 19th June 2012


Sir Gomer at Chinor

Wildlife Fly-Past For Passengers On The Red Kites Special Conservation Train

Published 19th June 2012

Wildlife Fly-Past

Royal Scotsman Balcony

Britain’s Most Luxurious And Expensive Train Embarks On A Grand Tour Of The United Kingdom On July 6

Published 19th June 2012

Royal Scotsman

Hastings Diesels 1001 by Nicholas Hair

Original Half Century Old “Oxted Unit” Returns To Service On The Spa Valley Railway At Eridge

Published 19th June 2012

Spa Valley

Swanley New Barn Railway

The Swanley & New Barn Railway

Published 19th June 2012


By Phil Mrash

Notable Workings Weeks 17 and 18, 2012

Published 19th June 2012

Weeks 17, 18

Pete Waterman

National Memorial Locomotive Appeal Launched For ‘The Unknown Warrior’

Published 19th June 2012

Unknown Warrior

New Train Depot

Reading Area Rail Network Upgrade Gathers Pace

Published 19th June 2012

Reading Upgrade

Steam 68013 at Matlock by Nicholas Hair

Heritage Shunters Trust Operates Gala

Published 19th June 2012

Peak Rail

92032 at Ripple Lane with Class 31s by Nicholas Hair

Europorte Showcases New International “Piggyback” Freight Flow

Published 19th June 2012


Blackfriars On The Thames

Blackfriars Station Re-Opens

Published 19th June 2012


Diesel Substitute 80104 at Corfe Castle by Nicholas Hair

Disastrous Dorset Diesel Gala at Swanage

Published 19th June 2012

Disastrous Dorset

DB Schenker Class 60

Great Eastern Freighter

Published 19th June 2012


Buying Tickets

On Track

Published 14th June 2012

On Track

6201 Regal

Railfest Report

Published 12th June 2012

Railfest Report

Stolen signal Euston notice, by Phil Marsh


Published 29th May 2012


FGW Class 165 by Phil Marsh

Two Major Incidents Caused Disruption on May 9

Published 25th May 2012

Two Major Incidents

Knights Rail Services, Eastleigh. By Phil Marsh.

Return to Steam

Published 22nd May 2012

Return to Steam

Paddington trains Nick Hair

Great Western Main Line to Receive Capacity Upgrade

Published 18th May 2012

Capacity Upgrade

Betton Grange cab by Cliff Thomas

New-Build Central at the Llangollen Railway

Published 18th May 2012

Llangollen Railway

Winifred 28 April 2012 by Cliff Thomas

Winifred Returns to Wales From Across the Atlantic Ocean

Published 18th May 2012

Winifred Returns

Darlington Overcrowding by Phil Marsh 100x100

Rail Passenger Journeys across Great Britain Reach Record Levels According to Official Statistics Just Released

Published 10th May 2012

Official statistics

Hull Trains class 180 at Hollowway by Phil Marsh 100x100

Train Paths under the hammer as the First Grand Auction looms in Network Rail Auction

Published 10th May 2012

Network Rail Auction

37229 at Brondesbury Park 100x100

Direct Rail Services Expands Fleet

Published 10th May 2012

DRS Expands Fleet

142091 at Clarborough Tunnel 100x100

Train Derailed as It Hits Debris by a Nottinghamshire Tunnel

Published 10th May 2012

Train Derailed

Crossrail tunnel portal near Pad

Crossrail Starts Boring Phase After 23 Years

Published 10th May 2012

Boring Phase

67006 on Royal train at Wolverton by Phil Marsh

DB Schenker Allocate a Third Locomotive for Diamond Jubilee Royal Train Use

Published 26th March 2012

Diamond Jubilee

Rail Motor crest by Cliff Thomas

British Rail Class 4MT Visitor Completes Story of Cornish Steam for Bodmin Anniversary Gala in Late May

Published 9th May 2012

Bodmin Anniversary

Barrow Hill 251 by Cliff Thomas

Fab Gala at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Published 30th April 2012

Gala at Barrow Hill

Brussels Eurostar and Thalis  by Phil Marsh

SNCF Orders 40 More “Duplex” TGV Sets From French Train Builder Alstom

Published 27th April 2012


class 375 by Nick Hair

Southeastern Announces May Timetable Alterations

Published 27th April 2012

Timetable Alterations

2005 railfest york by Phil Marsh

Britain's Biggest Rail Celebration

Published on 23rd April 2012

Railfest 2012

5972 Olton Hall Hogwarts

More Steam Visitors

Published on 23rd April 2012

More Steam Visitors

Bluebell No. 80151

Bluebell Railway & East Grinstead Connection

Published on 23rd April 2012

Bluebell Railway

SVR Gala 42968 by Cliff Thomas

Five Guest Locos for Severn Valley Spring Gala

Published 16th April 2012

Five guest locos

1912 caledonian railway 0 4 4 oil burner

Railways 100 Years Ago in April 1912: A Titanic View

Published 16th April 2012

100 years ago

Barrow Hill Fab 4 LNER Loco Line up by Phil Marsh

The Fab Four Barrow Hill Event – VIP Day report

Published 13th April 2012

The Fab Four

47580 by Phil Marsh

Notable Rail Workings Weeks 7 and 8, 2012

Published 11th April 2012

Weeks 7 and 8

Iorwerth by Cliff Thomas

Big Surprise on the Cards for Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway’s ‘Great Slate Quarry Fest’

Published 11th April 2012

Quarry Fest

Edward Sholto May 2010 by Cliff Thomas

Three British Locos Being Repatriated After 50 Years in USA

Published 11th April 2012

Three British Locos

Milton Keynes light railway opening by Phil Marsh

Ready For Easter – Milton Keynes Light Railway Opened by Deputy Mayor in Glorious Sunshine

Published 3rd April 2012

Ready For Easter

Swanley & New Barn Railway by Nicholas Hair

Swanley & New Barn Leisure Railway Set for Bumper Year With Special Events Planned Using New Locomotives

Published 3rd April 2012

Swanley Railway

1968 45110 Phil Marsh

Star Studded ‘Baker’s Dozen’ of LNER Locos to Line-Up at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse April Gala

Published 2nd April 2012

Barrow Hill

Chinnor Railway Clayton Diesel, by Phil Marsh

Easter Events Listing - Family days out on heritage lines

Published 26th March 2012

Events Listing

Corrour Summit by Phil Marsh

UK Sleeping Car Trains Under Threat

Published 26th March 2012

Under Threat

WSR Minehead turntable

West Somerset Holds Key for Exmoor Access

Published 23rd March 2012

West Somerset

7714 at Bewdley Phil Marsh

Severn Valley Railway Plans £4Million Share Issue

Published 23rd March 2012

Severn Valley Railway

Alan Peglar from the Ffestiniog Railway

Farewell to Pioneer Railway Preservationist, Ffestiniog Railway Chairman and Flying Scotsman Owner, Alan Pegler

Published 22nd March 2012

Alan Pegler

TGV Rainham by Nick Hair

International Railway History Made at St. Pancras as a Cargo Carrying TGV Makes First Visit to the Station

Published 22nd March 2012


Virgin Trains’ Pendolino 390055 pauses at York while working 5Z10 Edinburgh – London Kings Cross, on trial for East Coast. Photo by Eliot Andersen.

New Virgin Pendolino Debuts on the East Coast

Published 21st March 2012

Virgin Pendolino

34092 arten gill geoff marsh

Resurrected Volcano About to Erupt in Worth Valley This Year After Two Decades Slumbering

Published 21st March 2012

Resurrected Volcano

Wensleydale Railway coin Challenge

Wensleydale Railway 40 Mile Coin Challenge

Published 19th March 2012

Coin Challenge

Unique train by Phil Marsh and Nick Hair

Rail.co.uk Takes a Look at a Unique Train That Can Only Operate in Darkness

Published 19th March 2012

Unique Train

Virgin logo by Phil Marsh

Longer Trains to Enter Service with Virgin Boosting Standard Seats by 50% on West Coast Main Line

Published 19th March 2012

Virgin Boosting Seats

Flying scotsman at scarborough by Phil Marsh

National Railway Museum’s Olympic Torch Dream Extinguished as Flying Scotsman Falls at the Last Hurdle

Published 19th March 2012

Olympic Torch Dream

Wimbledon Wheel Lathe and Depot staff Phil Marsh

Royal Steam Locomotive Visits Wimbledon for a Spell on the Lathe

Published 19th March 2012

Spell on the Lathe

Kings Cross opening ceremony by Phil Marsh

Kings Cross £500 Million Extension Opens for Business

Published 16th March 2012

Kings Cross

The derelict depot building. Paul Bickerdykex

End of the Line for Healey Mills Depot and Marshalling Yard Built 50 Years Ago

Published 16th March 2012

End of the lline

Workers inspect the two roundhouse remains. Paul Bickerdyke.

Remains of 145 Year Old Historic Steam Locomotive Roundhouses Uncovered at York

Published 15th March 2012

Remains Uncovered

70008 at ipswich  Phil Marsh

Records Broken as Container Trains’ Expand in Welsh Business

Published 13th March 2012

Records Broken

Variobahn No. 2554 at Croydon's Therapia Lane depot. Paul Bickerdyke.

Croydon’s Tramlink Expands Fleet

Published 13th March 2012

Croydon’s Tramlink

Resita W&LLR gala 4 Sept 2010 by Cliff Thomas

An Update on Preserved Railways’ Expansion Plans, Articles for Sale and Disposals

Published 13th March 2012

News Update

streamlined record greakers at the NRM Phil Marsh

Railfest to be Launched by Countdown Star Naming a Rail Record Breaker on June 2

Published 13th March 2012


20303 MK by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 6, 2012

Published 12th March 2012

Week 6

Peterborough when complete by Network Rail

Huge Investment Project Gets Underway to Bring New Platforms to Peterborough Station

Published 12th March 2012

Peterborough Station

The new Eurostar by Phil Marsh

Eurostar Speeds to Profit and Eurotunnel Introduces Mobile Phone & Wi-Fi Under the Channel!

Published 12th March 2012


bluebell railway phil marsh

Preserved South of England Steam Railways Announce Expansion, Improvement and Investment Plans

Published 12th March 2012

Expansion Plans

The first and last Standards meet at the NRM. Paul Bickerdyke.

First and Last BR Steam Standards Meet at National Railway Museum for the First Time

Published 12th March 2012


Victoria Bridge by Phil Marsh

Severn Valley Railway Turns into a Virtual Film Set and Repair’s Duke’s Private Steam Locomotive

Published 12th March 2012

Severn Valley Railway

6201 Euston Phil Marsh

Royal Engine in Vintage Pairings on Double Headed Steam Tours from Birmingham this Spring

Published 9th March 2012

Steam Tours

30587 by Phil Marsh

Steam Returns to the London Underground in Preparation for 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2013

Published 9th March 2012

150th Anniversary

VoR loco shed Phil Marsh

Coal Firing, New Stations, it’s all Happening at the Vale of Rheidol Railway

Published 9th March 2012

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Horsendon Chinnor

Devon Based GWR Prairie Steam Locomotive to Visit the Chilterns at Chinnor

Published 9th March 2012


brussels end of the line for eurostar trains phil marsh

Eurostar Delays Caused by French Energy Company Cable Fault and French Train Fire Scare

Published 8th March 2012

Eurostar Delays

east croydon tram accident by RAIB

Investigation into the Derailment of a Tram at East Croydon

Published 8th March 2012

Tram Derailment

Didcot railway centre Phil Marsh

Frames Ordered for New GWR 47xx Class as Prairie Survivor is Dismantled

Published 8th March 2012

Prairie Survivor

Three train companies trains at portsmouth harbour to Phil Marsh

Command Paper on the Future of UK Railways Announced in Parliament

Published 8th March 2012

Command Paper

class 390 on camden bank Phil Marsh

London Midland Reveals Details of its “Project 110”

Published 8th March 2012

“Project 110”

End of steam celebration at the mid hants railway Phil Marsh

Whirlwind Steamy Tornado Romance

Published 8th March 2012

Tornado Romance

green arrow driver geoff bird by Phil Marsh

Flying Scotsman to Miss the Barrow Hill ‘Big 4’ Event

Published 5th March 2012

Flying Scotsman

30053 by Phil Marsh

Preserved Railway Steam News

Published 5th March 2012

Steam News

6960 bridgnorth Phil Marsh

Preserved Steam Events to Look Forward to Across the UK

Published 5th March 2012

Steam Events

185 at middlesborough Phil Marsh

Order for New “Desiro” Trains Signed by Transpennine Express

Published 2nd March 2012

New “Desiro” Trains

90021 Euston sleeper Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 5, 2012

Published 2nd March 2012

Week 5

A Carless TTA Tank copyright Nick Hair

GB Railfreight Commences New Petroleum Flow

Published 2nd March 2012

New Petroleum Flow

Advertising and seating on the Train by Nicholas Hair

London Underground Central Line Advertises Digital Switchover

Published 2nd March 2012

London Underground

Whipsnade snow by Cliff Thomas

Industrial Locos Hauling Passenger Trains in the February Snow

Published 29th February 2012

February Snow

type of train that will serve energlyn phil marsh

New Station Proposed at Energlyn, Near Caerphilly

Northern suburbs of Welsh town could be served by rail “within two years”.

New Station

off the road by phil marsh

Preserved Heritage Railways Need to Raise Their Game

Published 29th February 2012

Heritage Railways

heathrow express depot old oak common phil marsh

Heathrow Express Disrupted by Industrial Action

Published 29th February 2012

Heathrow Express

Blackfriars new northern entrance by Nicholas Hair

Blackfriars Underground Station is Re-opened

Published 29th February 2012

Blackfriars Station

Severn Valley Railway Engineering Work

Winter Works for Heritage Lines Underway in the Annual Closed Period

Published on 28th February 2012

Heritage Lines

Exiting the Central Bore at Farrington by Phil Marsh

Half Century Old Dual Powered Veterans Keep the 21st Century Thameslink Upgrade Programme “On Track”

Published on 28th February 2012

Thameslink Upgrade

North of England Rail by Nicholas Hair

Network Rail Strengthens Case for Northern Hub Project

Published on 28th February 2012

Northern Hub Project

Flying Scotsman at Scarborough by Phil Marsh

More Exhibits for ‘Railfest 2012’ Announced and Flying Scotsman’s Return to Steam Latest Update

Published on 28th February 2012

Railfest 2012

ken west by Phil Marsh

Farewell to Ken West

Published on 27th February 2012

Farewell to Ken West

Working a demonstration goods train at Ingrow. Paul Bickerdyke

Return of a Victorian Locomotive Icon

The ‘Coal Tank’, One of the country's oldest working locos returns to steam in the snow at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Victorian Locomotive

class 58 and 37 on scrap line phil marsh

Class 37 Diesel Locomotives for Sale from DB Shenker – in the South of France! (Sale Now Closed)

Freight Operator DB Shenker has offered some more redundant diesel locomotives for sale via competitive tender.

For Sale!

Whatley Quarry shunting loco No. 120. Paul Bickerdyke

'Angel of Bedlam' Brings Joy to Enthusiasts in Rail-Served Mendip Quarries

UK Railtours' visits rare Somerset lines on charter train from London.

Angel of Bedlam

Bushey Platform 3 by Nick Hair

Bushey has 3rd Platform Restored

Platform restored to use at Bushey rules out replacement buses during evening engineering work on the Watford D.C. all stations Line.

Bushey Platform

Network Rail HQ

Network Rail Staff to Lose Jobs with the Opening of the Milton Keynes National HQ this Summer?

Network Rail will be moving into its new National Operations Centre at Milton Keynes this summer amidst staff unrest caused by the transfer arrangements.

Network Rail Jobs

9 train ferry link span being lowered

Sicilian Train Ferry Under Threat by Airlines

The Trenitalia train-ferry linking the Italian mainland with Sicily via Villa San Giovani and Messina is under threat from cheap airline competition.

Sicilian Train Ferry

45407 on Cumbrian Mountain Express 30 years ago

Notable Workings Week 4, 2012

A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the Network for January 23-29.

Notable Workings

Greater Anglian Trains

Network Rail Outlines Growth Plans for the Anglia Rail Network

Network Rail’s London & South Eastern Route Utilisation (L&SE RUS) Strategy reveals interesting proposals to benefit passengers.

Growth Plan

Little Whipsnade Dolbadarn by Cliff Thomas

Slate Locomotive Festival at Leighton Buzzard - a Record Breaker!

If you own a model of a loco type which once worked in the slate industry, you could be part of setting a new world record, in Bedfordshire!

Record Breaker

raib investigator at bletchley

RAIB’s Initial Report into the Bletchley Derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch announces preliminary findings pointing towards driver error as the likely cause of the accident.

RAIB’s Report

Epping Ongar 9 April 2007 036 by Cliff Thomas

Great Western Pair for Epping Ongar Railway

GWR 'Hall' No. 4953 Pitchford Hall and GWR Large Prairie No. 4141 have been purchased for the Epping Ongar Railway.


A4 Union of South Africa cliff thomas

Expatriate A4s to Visit Britain

Following months of rumour, York’s National Railway Museum has officially confirmed that A4s No. 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower and No. 60010 Dominion of Canada will be repatriated for two years.

A4s to Visit

Metropolitan Line 4TC at Eastleigh by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 3, 2012

A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the Network for January 16-22.

Week 3

brockenhurst level crossing driver caused delays from jan 26 2012 by phil marsh

Network Rail Fined

The Rail Regulator and the Courts have fined, or are about to fine Network Rail for various safety transgressions which were responsible for the regrettable deaths of three people. Is a financial penalty the right punishment and who is to blame?

Network Rail Fined

The trial runs of the Carlisle – Sellafield – Barrow commuter train, January 2012

The Sellafield Express

DRS have been running a trial workers’ train between Carlisle and Sellafield, in an effort to reduce congestion on the A595 to and from Sellafield.

The Sellafield Express

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Notable Workings Week 2, 2012

A summary of notable workings for week 2 (January 9-15).

Week 2

Virgin logo Phil Marsh

Virgin Trains Again Voted Britain’s Favourite Train Company

Virgin Trains has been voted Britain's favourite rail company by customers for the second time in the last three years, after the destination of the award was decided by customers - rather than a formal judging panel.

Virgin Trains

Transport Minister Norman Baker aboard refurbished Metrocar No. 4072 at Benton

Transport Minister Inspects Tyne & Wear Metro Progress

Norman Baker sees refurbishment work and modernisation project first-hand on the Tyne and Wear Metro network.

Tyne & Wear Metro

w8 freshwater in isle of wight by phil marsh

A Selection of January News from Heritage Railways

A selection of January news from heritage railways.

Steam news

History of British Rail Icon

R2P to Supply CCTV for London’s Tramtrack Croydon Limited

Stadler Pankow GmbH has awarded a contract to “R2P” Rail & Road Protec GmbH to provide the saloon, DOO and forward facing CCTV for 6 Trams for London’s Tramtrack Croydon Limited.

Read more

eastleigh class 15x diesel unit repainting phil marsh jan 2009

5th Anniversary marked by Multi-Million Pound Investment

Eastleigh Works was closed by Alstom in 2005, vacated a year later and set to become an industrial unit and housing estate until Knights Rail Services moved in five years ago.

5th Anniversary

The Altnaslanach Viaduct by Ed Delves

Scottish Highlands’ Grade A listed Bridge to have Wind Turbine as Neighbour?

One of the few remaining wooden bridges still carrying a UK main railway line could be set to have a giant wind turbine adjacent to it.

Wind Turbine

Thomas the Tank Engine Fergus

February half-term events

Enjoy some great family days out on heritage train lines including everyone's favourite Thomas the Tank Engine and Wizard Week where you could meet Derek the friendly Dragon, see wizard duels, owl displays and more.

See all

line blocked at bletchley during derailment phil marsh

West Coast Main Line Re-opens After Bletchley Accident

The disruption, following the Bletchley derailment, to the West Coast Main Line ended with resumption of services on Monday February 6.

Bletchley Accident

greater anglia logo by phil marsh

Dutch Railways Take Over Greater Anglia Franchise

Abellio, the fully owned subsidiary of Dutch Railways, took over the Greater Anglia Franchise from February 5, with mixed results in their first rush hour.

Dutch Railways

off the road

110mph Electric Locomotive Derailed at Bletchley on February 3rd Blocking All Lines

Freightliner Class 90 on hire to Virgin derails blocking Britain’s busiest arterial rail route at Bletchley, 47 miles north of London.


southern diveunder formation phil marsh

Changing Times at Reading Station

The massive Reading Station and track upgrade is progressing well with passengers quickly getting used to the new platform and consequential platform renumbering scheme.

Reading Station

1925 croxley green station phil marsh

Metropolitan Tube Line Extension

The long awaited extension of the Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction has been approved. The new link is expected to cost just over £110 Million, with a large amount of the cost being used to construct a new section of line.

Line Extension

80080 paddy at kirkby stephen on steam training run in march 1993 by phil marsh

Annual West Coast Railway Company Social Event Marks the Retirement of Two Steam Stalwarts

The annual West Coast Railway Company social evening was held in Wakefield on January 22 with a high proportion of the 110 operations staff present, along with the Chairman and Managing Director who hosted the evening.

West Coast Railway

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Steam Events to Look Forward to

A look at a selection of forthcoming special steam events at Britain’s heritage lines.

Steam Events

1 ryde bridge linking town with hoverport

Extended Travelling Times to and from the Isle of Wight

Passengers travelling on hovercraft services between Portsmouth and Ryde and by train to and from Lymington Pier should allow extra time for the next few months while fast cat services reduced.

Isle of Wight

new street by Phil Marsh

Birmingham Gateway Project Shows the Other Side of Network Rail’s Christmas Engineering Activities

New passenger bridge erected over the Christmas break at Birmingham New Street.

Birmingham Gateway

1 kings cross western concourse may 2010 by phil marsh

Kings Cross Western Concourse Reaches Major Milestone

The much vaunted Network Rail £500m new western concourse at Kings Cross which virtually links the station with St. Pancras, is nearing completion and looks stunning.

Kings Cross

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Notable Workings Week 1, 2012

A summary of notable workings for week 1 (January 2-8).

Week 1, 2012

eurotunnel class 92 at rugby by phil marsh

Fast Freight Services on High Speed 1 Due to Commence by Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel has announced that its Europorte Channel subsidiary had been granted approval to operate its fleet of Class 92 locomotives on HS 1 and once driver training is completed, commercial freight services will be launched early in 2012.


1 bletchley flyover last train in 1993 Branch Line Society North Downs

East-West Rail Link Given Provisional Go Ahead

The western section of the former Varsity Line, between Bicester and Bletchley, is likely to reopen to passenger trains 50 years after its passenger services were withdrawn in the Beeching Era.

East-West Rail

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Notable Workings Week 51

A summary of notable workings for week 51 (December 19-25).

Week 51


Lyd – the narrow gauge Tornado

A1 Tornado is a major crowd puller, while new-build Lyd is a narrow gauge icon.


73133 at taunton fairwater yard by phil marsh

Looking Good for Transmart Trains

The company with a fleet of half century old Class 73s has a bright outlook and a long main line future.

Transmart Trains

Direct Rail Services Class 37s by Nick Hair

Loco-hauled Cumbrian Coast Commuter Service

Rail Commuting Capacity has been boosted by British Nuclear Fuels, the major employers at Sellafield, for their Nuclear workforce by their fully owned subsidiary, Direct Rail Services who have commenced regular passenger services. dubbed ‘The Glow-ex’

Cumbrian Coast

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Notable Workings Week 52

A summary of notable workings for week 52 (December 26-January 1).

Week 52

chinnor santa by phil marsh

Christmas Cracker for Heritage Lines

The Christmas period brought passengers and presents for Britain’s Heritage lines.

Christmas Cracker

concrete cow bletchley flyover 1993 last train phil marsh

Concrete Cow Charter to Run into the Wilds of Buckinghamshire

UK Railtours are running two charter trains over the same route in January over very rare track including the original 1838 section of the West Coast Main Line at Wolverton.

Concrete Cow Charter

1 euston station by phil marsh

A Look at the Route of HS2 Announced on January 10

The route chosen by the Government for High Speed 2 has been and will doubtless continue to be the subject of a nationwide debate for the next 20 years, so we take a look along the route. Rail.co.uk takes a look at the proposed route for HS2 and the implications.

The Route of HS2

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High Speed 2 Gets Government Go-Ahead – An Overview by Phil Marsh

The Transport Secretary Justine Greening has announced the widely anticipated green light for work to commence on the divisive High Speed 2 line from Euston to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

High Speed 2

Class 20s, hired in by DB Schenker, working RHTTs in the York area, Autumn 2011. Copyright Eliot Anderson.

Leaves on the Line

“Leaves on the line” is a term often repeated in the British media to the point of ridicule in the late Autumn and early winter, as passengers face disruption due to train services being delayed, subject to last-minute alterations or even cancelled.

Leaves on the Line

polish freight by phil marsh

GBRf Reconvenes the “Fridgemodal”

Stobart’s refrigerated train from Europe rises again.


peter haddon and friend by Les Greer

Railway Preservation Loses Two Pioneers at an Early Age

Peter Haddon and John Lucas were two lifelong railway preservationists who operated at the largest and smallest of railway scales and rail.co.uk regrettably has to report the sad news that both recently died in their early 60s.

Two Pioneers

Battery locos Nick Hair

GBRf Move London Underground “Battery Locos” Across Town

The curious battery powered London Underground yellow locomotives were hauled by Class 66 motive power in response to network constraints.


Llanboidy1_cms courtesy of RAIB

Train Runs into Lorry Stopped on Railway Level Crossing

The Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB) is investigating a collision between a train and a lorry at Llanboidy level crossing, near Whitland, Carmarthenshire on 19 December 2011.

Train Collision

bombardier built meridian at derby with old loco works behind by phil marsh

Bombardier Win New Train Order for their Derby Factory

Bombardier Wins an order for 130 class 377 Electrostar vehicles from Southern but controversy surrounds the holidaytime announcement.

Bombardier Win

bob horton official railtrack pic

Bob Horton, First Chairman of Railtrack Dies

An appreciation from Phil Marsh.

Bob Horton

2011-12-1- eastleigh 92 riviera 47 70000 southend 375 062 by Phil Marsh

Notable Workings Week 49

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

Week 49

metrolink Bury manchester by phil marsh

Greater Manchester Sees Significant Investment

The Greater Manchester area is once again seeing a welcome boost to local public transport as new trains and trams migrate to the North Western city.

Significant Investment

The Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Naveeda Ikram (left) and the Town Mayor of Keighley Cllr Tony Wright (right) get ready

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Marks 50th anniversary of the Line’s Closure

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) ran a special train on 30 December to commemorate 50 years to the day since British Railways withdrew passenger services along the West Yorkshire line.

50th Anniversary

western champion at Bridgnorth by phil marsh

Iconic BR Diesel-Hydraulic Notches Up 50 Years

December 2011 marked the Golden Jubilee of one of the most iconic diesels ever to have run in the UK - the Westerns. These large, attractive locomotives with their distinctive cabs and clean lines became popular amongst enthusiasts and were the mainstay of British Rail’s Western Region expresses in the 1960s and early 1970s.

50 Years

christmas 2008 milton keynes new track by phil marsh

Christmas and New Year Closures - Is it as it Seems?

The rail industry advertised that 50,000 extra trains were running over the Christmas and New Year holiday just passed so Rail.co.uk looked just at where these trains came from, and examines one set of engineering works carried out over the holiday.

Is it as it Seems?

35028 clan line battersea by phil marsh

Notable Workings Week 50

A summary of notable workings for week 50 (December 12-18).

Week 50

Class 20 Locomotives on Rail Head Treatment Duties by Nick Hair

English Electric’s Type 1 Keep Britain’s 21st Century Trains Moving

In the second decade of the 21st century, Britain’s railways are still using diesel locomotives older than some steam engines to keep the rails clear of leaves.

Type 1 (Class 20)

chinnor by phil marsh

Steam Railway to Benefit

The Government’s Announcement on November 29th that the East-West Rail link was likely to go ahead and re-open some Buckinghamshire Railway lines should help the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway but could be bad news for Quainton.

Steam Railway


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