Rail News in 2016

We keep our ear to the ground and you updated with all the exciting rail news and events in 2016. Check this section out regularly to stay up to date.

 
Phil Marsh

The inside story of the British Rail 250mph train of the future – 50 years before HS2!

Published: 30th November 2016

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GCR

Architect for £10million National Railway Museum project at Leicester selected

Published: 28th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Scotland’s railway under the microscope

Published: 28th November 2016

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By phil Marsh

Southern drivers join guards in festive season of industrial action

Published: 28th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Christmas markets by rail and railway publications for rail and history fans from £10 to £450…..

Published: 26th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Wolverton Works to be demolished by 2020 – will it also bring the end of the Royal Train?

Published: 22nd November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Court case won by railway author and journalist for copyright infringement over Alice the Little Engine from Wales book

Published: 20th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

How to book a main line trip behind Flying Scotsman in 2017

Published: 20th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

National Audit office issues scathing report on Great Western electrification blaming the Department for Transport’s mismanagement

Published: 18th November 2016

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By Allan Mclean

ScotRail franchise under review as Minister takes personal interest

Published: 18th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

HS2 (stage two) northern routes announced by the Government

Published: 16th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Severn Valley Railway launches £2.5million share offer to fund Bridgnorth Station development

Published: 15th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Cash support for new East Coast Borders’ stations in Scotland

Published: 12th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Transport Secretary confirms Government’s commitment to deliver East West Rail at the earliest opportunity

Published: 13th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Passenger power forces the Department for Transport into Island Line siding and now Southeastern passengers are also revolting

Published: 7th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

West Coast Partnership to bring West Coast Main Line and HS2 services under one banner from 2026

Published: 5th November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway volunteers served eviction notice by billion-pound company

Published: 3rd November 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Southern restores full timetable as more staff refuse to go on strike and says to the RMT; “Call off strikes or settlement offer is withdrawn”.

Published: 31st October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Transport Select Committee accuses Department for Transport (DfT) of concealing performance statistics while Transport Scotland fines Scotrail almost half-a-million pounds for poor standards

Published: 31st October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

London underground railway postal museum’ Rail Mail’ trains delivered

Published: 30th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Heathrow expansion- Were the railways a major factor in the decision? Rail.co.uk looks at possible reasons why Heathrow was chosen

Published: 25th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Poor ScotRail performance to be reversed with recovery plan in response to Transport Scotland criticism

Published: 24th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Wales & Borders bidder shortlist announced by Transport for Wales

Published: 23rd October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Rail cutbacks announced by Eurostar and DB Cargo while GBRF is sold and Virgin driver’s jobs attract 15000 applicants

Published: 21st October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Chance conversation leads to South Devon Railway trip via Old Oak Common down memory lane

Published: 19th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

ScotRail warns of engineering work from now to Christmas

Published: 16th October 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Warley, Britain’s largest railway show to feature a tale of loco liveries celebrating 175 years of Swindon Works

Published: 16th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Special train from London to the south coast supporting the Royal British Legion on 12 November

Published: 11th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Southern strike goes ahead as new employment conditions imposed on Guards after last ditch negotiations with the RMT fail.

Published: 10th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

The inside story of the Severn Tunnel electrification project courtesy of Network Rail

Published: 9th October 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Last chance for big steam action in the south of England

Published: 8th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Department for Transport announces a direct award for a three-year Cross-Country franchise

Published: 7th October 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Fate of Wolverton, the World’s oldest standard gauge railway works to be decided this month?

Puiblished: 2nd October 2016

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by Phil Marsh

National Railway Museum reveals just how much its cost taxpayers to return Flying Scotsman to operation

Published: 30th September 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Portuguese Embassy visits Stonehenge in deepest Bedfordshire to launch Pedemoura into service after a gap of 50 years

Published: 28th September 2016

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By George Jones

Llangollen Railway’s new station at Corwen takes shape

Published: 27th September 2016

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Recreating railway holiday camping accommodation and transport on the Isle of Wight

Published: 23rd September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Summer strikes turn to Autumn Angst for Southern passengers as more strike days are announced by the RMT

Published: 25th September 2016

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By RAIB

Driver jumps clear as tractor drives into his locomotive at a level crossing while Network Rail is fined £4million for safety breach

Published: 23rd September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Twenty four veteran Class 08 shunters put up for sale by DB Cargo

Published: 20th September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Borders Line Sunday service steam trains run despite doubts

Published: 19th September 2016

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By NYMR

Christmas- 100 days away and Santa goes to the seaside to publicise steam rides

Published: 18th September 2016

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By Network Rail

Landslip causes derailment in Watford tunnel closing the West Coast Main Line - rail.co.uk looks at this and two other recent incidents

Published: 18th September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Borders Railway to receive huge investment one year after opening to rectify performance problems forecast by campaigners five years ago

Published: 15 September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Hogwarts hits South Devon via the Magic Express creating a great tourist attraction

Published: 10th Spetember 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Isle of Man presents a steam ‘first’- in three sizes

Published: 10th September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Steam on the Underground cancelled for a second time in 2016 but plenty of railway history on show at ‘Open House London 2016’

Published: 9th Spetember 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Remembering Network Rail’s Gavin Roberts

Published: 7th September 2016

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By F&WHR

20 Year old terminus station to be demolished and replaced with a £2.2million station

Published: 31st August 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Free 100 page Big Train meets Little Train guide launched

Published: 31st August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Southern restore over 100 trains to the timetable as Government announces ‘Package of measures’ to help improve resilience of Southern network

Published: 4th September 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Buses to replace some trains in Central Scotland as electrification project gathers pace

Published: 30th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Twenty of the Class 60 fleet put up for sale by DB Cargo

Published: 28th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Widespread London and Southeast station staff strikes announced by the RMT

Published: 28th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Longest UK railway tunnel to be closed for six weeks bringing train alterations between Bristol and South Wales

Published: 28th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

North Yorkshire Autumn steam bonanza as Grosmont returnees boosts home fleet

Published: 27th August 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Isle of Man Douglas Bay Horse tram closure and auction controversy

Published: 27th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

RMT calls another strike on Southern as Jeremy Corbyn claims he can’t find a seat

Published: 21st August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Unique offshore 50th anniversary “Shunter Shuffle” Diesel Gala announced as Island based BR shunter is retired to Northamptonshire

Published: 23rd August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

London’s Night Tubes start - a year late but 50,000 journeys completed on London's first Night Tube services

Published: 21st August 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Vintage steam trains and tearooms return to London’s Metropolitan Line

Published: 21st August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Get hot and dirty walking through Flying Scotsman in the Birmingham Heritage Week celebrations at Tyseley

Published: 19th August 2016

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By DfT

Dutch Railways Abellio subsidiary retains the East Anglia franchise

Published: 14th August 2016

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By 3D Laser Mapping

Railway bridge suffers partial collapse over the Midland Main line at Barrow on Soar- questions asked about inspections

Published: 13th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Eurostar staff commence strike action and Virgin Trains East Coast ballot for industrial action

Published: 12th August 2016

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By Nexus

Heavy duty investment for the two of UK’s light rail networks

Published: 7th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Five day Guards’ strike to take place on Southern despite ACAS talks

Published: 6th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Scotrail announces special August timetable with more trains and seats for Edinburgh Festivals

Published: 5th August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Hopes of RMT dispute settlement raised as new strikes are announced then suspended

Published: 4th August 2016

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By Railway Herald

Its arrived! First Elizabeth Line train unveiled to the rail media

Published: 3rd August 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Charity Railtours, Branch Line Society and Railway Magazine announce series of fund-raising railtours for good causes.

Published: 31st July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Century-old railway landmark Banbury signal boxes decommissioned - one immediately demolished, visit the other before its too late.

Published: 31st July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

World War 1 War Memorial blocked by St Modwen and Knorr-Bremse on the centenary of the Battle of The Somme

Published: 28th July 2016

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By Viva Rail

Former London Underground train to be tested between Nuneaton, Bedworth and Coventry by Christmas

Published: 26th July 2016

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By St Modwen

Future of Wolverton Works to be decided in August by Planners - Conservation Officer and local Council say NO.

Published: 24th July 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway revival a big step closer after formal Council backing

Published: 23rd July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Expect train alterations if travelling to, through or via Didcot, Oxford and Banbury until mid August

Published: 22nd July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Two sets of new trains commence operations as a new train service operates linking two major towns for the first time.

Published: 21st July 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Railway evolution 215 years after original opening at Penrhyn in August

Published: 18th July 2016

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Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways to tell passengers where to find a seat while en-route to their station in web based innovative passenger information system

Published: 15th July 2016

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Dolgoch birthday cake

150th anniversary surprise as standard gauge engine works on narrow gauge preservation pioneer line

Published: 15th July 2016

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Watlington Flyer at Princes Risborough

Three weekends of successful training operations pave the way for the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway to operate into Princes Risborough

Published: 12th July 2016

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By Crossrail

Crossrail’s concrete progress continues under London

Published: 8th July 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

What could Brexit mean for Heritage Railways?

Published: 8th July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Caledonian Sleeper reveals new look and Riviera Sleeper fleet overhaul gathers pace at Wolverton

Published: 5th July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

RMT union action prompts Southern to cancel 340 trains a day while more Scotrail strikes are announced

Published: 5th July 2016

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IEP ready to depart from Paddington

Vision of the future arrives at Paddington to celebrate the Great Western Railway’ 175th anniversary

Published: 4th July 2016

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Broadway Station June 2013

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s £1.25million share issue passes the £625,000 mark in just 12 weeks

Published: 4th July 2016

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LNWR Roll of honour

Railways and World War 1 and how they became a vital wartime strategic tool over a century ago

Published 1st July 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Peep and glimpse behind the Severn Valley Railway on July 16

Published: 30th June 2016

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Allan P. McLean

Edinburgh Festival (Aug 5-29) and more by rail

Published: 28th June 2016

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By Phil Marsh

The High Speed 2 debate re-ignited by National Audit Office report

Published: 28th June 2016

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DB logo by Phil Marsh

Brexit to bring back BR? What could the vote mean for our railways?

Published: 24th June 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Second season of Borders Line tourist steam services announced

Published: 22nd June 2016

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By Geoff Marsh

Birmingham Railway Museum hosts Open Weekend at its Tyseley base on June 25/6

Published: 21st June 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Midsummer rail strikes – latest news and views from Scotland and London

Published: 20th June

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Preserved railway tourism by Phil Marsh

One million pounds awarded to tourist railways across the UK after Dragons Den type competition

Published: 20th June 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Celebrate Rail Week, ride on HS2 to celebrate the Network SouthEast 30th anniversary and see two new steam locomotives at The Severn Valley Railway

Published: 16th June 2016

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By Phil Marsh

RMT union announces summer of rail strikes between Scotland and the south coast coinciding with high traincrew sickness levels

Published: 15th June 2016

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Trevano Helston Railway

An appealing decision as Helston Railway secures crucial planning permission and long term survival

Published: 9th June 2016

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by Peter Nicholson

Severn Valley Railway opens UK’s largest and best-equipped heritage railway diesel facility

Published: 6th June 2016

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by Phil Marsh

Where to see ‘Flying Scotsman on the national network in June

Published: 29th May 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

World War 1 light railway commemorative events move to Leighton Buzzard

Published: 28th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway celebrates top Government award by becoming Route 66 for 36 hours

Published: 27th May 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

World War 1 locomotives revisit Somme battlefield lines 100 years after the War

Published: 25th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Rail travel advice for festival goers to Glastonbury and airfans to the Cosford Airshow

Published: 21st May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Works starts on Loughborough’s ‘Bridge to the Future’

Published: 28th March 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Preserved Railway Galas continue – but with a difference

Published: 28th May 2016

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Objector Notice by Mark Redding

The Royal Train, Wolverton Works and Toton Depot to move to proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and rail maintenance depot at Blisworth?

Published: 23rd May 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

Samson or Georgina? Who will win the title of newest narrow gauge steam locomotive to enter service?

Published: 20th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) changes date of strike to maximize inconvenience to passengers

Published: 18th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Network Rail ban Flying Scotsman in Scotland claiming two years is not enough time to plan the trains

Published: 15th May 2016

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The two evening stars

Last of 700 Class 66 locomotives to be built handed over to the National Collection

Published: 13th May 2016

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by Peter Nicholson

West Somerset Railway’s 40th anniversary diesel gala, on June 10-12

Published: 13th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

I’m going to London to see the Queen by rail (or boat)!

Published: 9th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Celebrations at Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Festival and Isle of Wight steam railway’s 50th anniversary railway gala

Published: 8th May 2016

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By Hitachi

TransPennine Express Franchise under new ownership and announces huge improvements for passengers

Published: 6th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Cross-London line to close for eight months for major upgrade

Published: 4th May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Flying Scotsman tours the national rail network this May

Published: 2nd May 2016

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By Phil Marsh

75 Aston Martins to visit King’s Cross on May 8

Published: 2nd May 2016

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 By Phil Marsh

High Speed Train 40th anniversary celebration on May 2 at St. Phillips Marsh depot Bristol

Published: 29th April 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Your chance to give 50 year old commuter train a home

Published: 28th April 2016

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By Phil Marsh

£200.000 wheel appeal for new steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales

Published: 3rd April 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Britain’s busiest railway station attracts £800 million investment (or does it?)

Published: 3rd April 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Long lost plans for air conditioned steam locomotive cab found

Published: 1st April 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Iconic locomotive’s special 100mph public demonstration run of 4 April 1966 – full details revealed.

Published: 28th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Governments in Edinburgh and London agree for Anglo-Scottish High Speed Rail services to run

Published: 28th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Scotrail rail revolution declared as 39 carriages ‘to be retained by ScotRail’ instead of going elsewhere

Published: 25th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

5th annual report on UK Rail finances published by Rail regulator

Published: 24th March 2016

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By Scotrail

ScotRail becomes Living Wage employer one year into the current franchise

Published: 24th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Transport Scotland study confirms that rail brings huge boost for Scottish economy

Published: 24th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

George Osborne confuses everyone over opening date of East-West Rail as he instructs the National Infrastructure Commission to get involved

Published: 19th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

German Government transport subsidiary Arriva wins London Overground franchise

Published: 18th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Politics and politicians slug it out over the Southwestern Franchise which has just two bidders – while the Garnett report is rejected by Isle of Wight Council

Published: 18th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

High Speed 2 report published by Department for Transport just before HS2 returns to Parliament for 3rd Reading.

Published: 14th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

West Coast Railway Company resumes operations after Rail Regulator lifts Prohibition Notice

Published: 13th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Be warned - the railway between Bristol and Bath and Manchester Victoria and Salford stations will be closed for 10 days for electrification work

Published: 13th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Cheltenham Gold Cup or Isle of Wight Grand National by train?

Published: 11th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Scotland goes smart – England to follow?

Published: 10th March 2016

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By Cliff Thomas

80 years after closure, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway revival steps up a notch or three

Published: 6th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Demolition of Wolverton Works moves a step closer with first detailed Planning Application by St Modwen – or does it?

Published: 5th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

New trains for the “Clockwork Orange” sub-surface rail network

Published: 5th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Glasgow Queen Street passengers’ one-way system planned to help for 20 weeks’ engineering works from March 20th

Published: 4th March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Peace breaks out at the West Somerset Railway

Published 3rd March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Network Rail puts track renewal train up for sale in dash for cash

Published: 1st March 2016

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By Phil Marsh

London’s Crossrail to become Elizabeth Line in December 2018 when full train service commences

Published: 29th February 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Preserved railway March & April gala events (with a difference)

Published 28th February 2016

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By Phil Marsh

‘Oscars’ of the heritage railway world awarded for 2015 achievements

Published: 27th February 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Geoff Bird – the railwayman whose career spanned wartime, nationalisation, dieselisation and electrification

Published: 27th February 2016

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By Phil Marsh

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway becomes the nearest steam railway to London connected to the national network

Published: 27th February 2016

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by Phil Marsh

Latest Network Rail landslip disruption closes the Settle-Carlisle line

Published: 26th February 2016

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by Phil Marsh

Talyllyn Railway announces new General Manager

Published: 18th February 2016

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by Phil Marsh

42 extra services a week to create half hourly service on the route of the Flying Scotsman from May

Published: 17th February 2016

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by BLS

Rail Regulator announces that the major charter train operator is prohibited from running rail services

Published: 17th February 2016

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Phil Marsh

Reopening of railway through Lamington after flood damage at Lamington repaired

Published: 16th February 2016

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by Allan McLean

New ScotRail train goes on show at Edinburgh Waverley until March 4

Published: 14th February 2016

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phil marsh collection

Where to see and ride behind Flying Scotsman – buy your rail tickets now

Published: 9th February 2016

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by Geoff Marsh

Taxpayer-owned Flying Scotsman returns to service after multi-million pound overhaul – but is it really the World’s most famous engine?

Published: 7th February 2016

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by Phil Marsh

Weymouth Quay line set to be closed after political and enthusiast battles end in reality

Published: 7th February 2016

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by Phil Marsh

YOUR chance to shape West Midlands franchise is here – don’t waste it!

Published: 2nd February 2016

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by Phil Marsh

Last call for comments on the DfT’s South West franchise public Consultation

Puiblished: 2nd February 2016

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by KIngs Cross lands

Real life Monopoly played by the Government as they announce sale of the Kings Cross railway estate for £371 million

Published: 31st January 2016

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Phil Marsh

UK Rail Leasing up and running with three freight operators and names first of its locomotives

Published: 30th January 2016

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Cliff Thomas

Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway theme for the March West Somerset Railway Spring Gala

Published: 27th January 2016

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Philip Marsh

Storm damage and planned engineering work to cause travel disruption for several weeks for Scottish passengers

Published: 23rd January 2016

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Paul Jarman

New for old 1874 locomotive to steam at Beamish

Published: 20th Jaunary 2016

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by Phil Marsh

The train from Spain will run mainly ….in the Cumbrian Fells

Published: 20 January 2016

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