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HS2? Please look beyond the tracks!

A review of the Ravenglass and Eksdale Railway, Cumbria

HS2 Ltd Ask Man, Four Years Dead, Why he Has not Replied to Them

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Derby and Nottingham Have to Wake up to 'New City' Threat

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New oversight group launched into HS2 as MPA say; ‘Not sufficient evidence at this point’

Public Accounts Committee vindicates Stop HS2 position on HS2 business case

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‘Last chance saloon’ rail investment package will further undermine the case for HS2

Stop HS2 call Day of Action

HS2 Ltd admit to ignoring public consultation responses from those opposed to HS2

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75 Years a Record Breaker

Stop HS2 launches elephund appeal

Two former Tory Transport Ministers say stop HS2

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HS2 Ltd sit on Phase 2 route but fiddle a new, already outdated business case

DfT and HS2 Ltd nominated for ‘analysis of evidence’ award, a day after admitting losing second set

Unelected Labour peer calls for grassroots campaign to be silenced

"Significant technical flaws" on West Coast Mainline franchise are dwarfed by HS2

Public Accounts Committee said franchising civil servant’s HS2 thinking was ‘bonkers’ & ‘shocking’.

Along Main Lines

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Paul Atterbury's Railway Collection

A Life on The Lines – A Railwayman’s Album

Stopping HS2 is still the only option, says national campaigning body.

150 Years Of The Underground - Facts

The Titfeild Thunderbolt: 60th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Shaggy dog story or a Canterbury Tale as Dog jumps out of train window?

Too much information. Do we need so many announcements and warning signs on our railways?

July enthusiast rail events at preserved railways

End of Steam 45th anniversary festival at The East Lancshire Railway.

All aboard the Nothern Belle - in aid of St Richard's Hospice

How Simulation Software Can Help Railroad Companies Increase Their Profitability and Efficiency

Railway Development & The Channel Tunnel: The Impact on the UK Economy

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Wrexham General - Newest train stabling point?

By train in search of an Eccles Cake

Forty years ago

Behind The Great Britain 4 UK Railtour

Notes and News

Train of Hope Charity Steam Tour

End of Restaurant Cars on the UK Rail Network

News Roundup - May 31st

Chiltern Railways Unveil New Train

Magnificent Steam Rail Motor runs at Didcot

Ffestiniog Celebrates175th Anniversary

European Rail Traffic Management System

Great ‘Coffee Pot’ gathering at Leighton Buzzard

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British-based Trio Steam in France

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Buying a Ticket at Baldock Station

Adrian Shooter Announces Retirement

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East Anglian Railway Museum to run on Main Line?

SR ‘Schools’ No. 925 Cheltenham overhaul Update

Visit the Biggest Preserved Steam Gala Events by Rail

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633 News Update 21st July

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

A Grand (Central) Day Out

Notable Workings July 11-17

Llanberis Lake Celebrates 40 Years

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Historic Locomotive Arrives in Coventry

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100 Years Ago

Routes & Branches 1

Gloucestershire Warwickshure Railway News

Mid-August News

Electric Weekend in Coventry to Showcase Icons of Rail Travel

Blue Engine Blues

The Swanley Park Railway

Celebrations Galore at Essex Railway Beer Festival!

National Railway Museum Shuttles to run without Flying Scotsman

September Heritage Steam News

999 at Chinnor

September Rail News

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Seventy Years Ago - Railways at War

Mid September General News Roundup

Notable Workings Week 31

Notable Workings Week 32

Notable Workings Week 33

Notable Workings Week 34

A Fantastic Deal for a Fantastic Cause

Railways and Life in 1943 Wartime Whitby, Grosmont and Pickering

Flying Scotsman’s Continuing Expensive Delay

Welsh Narrow Gauge Railway News

West Somerset Railway Autumn Steam Gala

North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway Autumn Gala

Preserved Railway Autumn Steam Gala news

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

South West Trains voted Passenger Train Operator of The Year

Take An American steam experience in the South Wales Brecon Mountains

DB Shenker put up Class 56 Fleet for Sale

£70m Route Upgrade Completed

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

Cruise Liner Charter Train Details

Rail Blue Charters Suspend Operations Indefinitely

Sellafield Closure Hits Cumbrian Coast Steam Charter Trains

Freight Line Charter Frenzy on October 22nd!

Steam Locomotive Builders Alan Keef Ltd Opens its Doors

Farewell to George Hinchcliffe – Flying Scotsman’s North American Manager, Rescuer and Pioneerin

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

Notable Workings Week 35

Notable Workings Week 36

Notable Workings Week 37

Notable Workings Week 38

Mid-Hants Members' Day

New Trams Boost for Blackpool

Cambridge Naming and Speed Record

Derwent Valley Marks Closure Anniversary

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

Cannon Street’s Giant Bronze Plumber

Flying Scotsman’s Multi-Million Pound Repair Bill

Five Deltic Convoy Stuns Masses

Seven Deltics Thrill at Shildon

Sand Line Gala at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway

Minimum Gauge Secrets in the Forest

Controversy Surrounds Withdrawal of GWR ‘King’ King Edward 11 at Didcot after a 22 year restorat

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

East Lancashire Railway Runs Five “Deltics” at Deltic Weekend

The Wanderer Returns for Avon Valley Gala

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

Network Rail Wires Down at Bethnal Green Creates Havoc on The Great Eastern Route

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

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

Side-by-side Golden Age of Steam Streamliners

Steam Giants on the Move

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

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

60 Years Ago - General Rail News from 1951

DB Schenker Expands Electric Fleet

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

Spa Valley Masquerades as the Westerham Valley

Senior Management Changes affect Four Train Operating Companies

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

African Rivers and German Ladies at Bredgar Autumn Event

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

Richard Branson’s Red and White Festive Specials

Reading Station Upgrade Continues Apace - Amid Photography Ban?

Pannier Tank Evening Performance at Stratford

Fatal Pendolino Crash Caused by Faulty Maintenance

A Truly ACE Tour

Spitfire to Take “Logs” to Scotland

Bluebell Gets Back to its Southern Roots

GB Railfreight Takes “EDs” on a Sunny Southern Charter

Notable Workings Week 41

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

Class 56s on Their Last Move Before Scrapping

Arriva Acquires Open Access Operator Grand Central Railway

Season Spike in Class 60 Numbers Coincides With Super 60 Programme

Regular Freight Commences on High Speed 1 to Europe

The South East Gears up for the Winter

Class 66 Ownership and Operational Changes Review

Steam Events to Look Forward to

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

Spitfire Blast More R’N’B

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

London Bridge Redevelopment Moves Forward With Contract Awards

Original Lamps from LNER A4 Locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley Disappear

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

Notes and News June 4- 8

Notes and News June

Notes and News May

Notes and News June 3rd

Notes and News June 2

Notes and News June 16

Notes and News June 9-15

Santa Stopping Shopping Train Beats Christmas Traffic Congestion

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

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

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

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

GB Railfreight Celebrates Tees Steel Win

Pathfinder’s Festive Railtour Treat

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

West Hampstead Preparing for Thameslink 12 Car Trains from December 11

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

Train Fares to Increase by 5.9% from January

Heritage Steam News December 2011

London’s New Railway - The Hanworth Loop

First Loco List for NRM’s Railfest 2012 Announced

New Husband and Wife Team Take Over Evesham Vale LR

Britain’s Nocturnal Passenger Trains

Narrow Gauge Stations in the News

Notable Workings Week 49

York Engineer’s Triangle Removal is Requested by Network Rail

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

Steam Events 2012

Heritage Steam News

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

New Passenger Facilities at Farringdon Station

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

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

Bob Horton, First Chairman of Railtrack Dies

Looking Good for Transmart Trains

Return to Steam

On Track

Alice Comes Home

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

Rail News in 2012

Notable Workings Week 50

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

Steam Railway to Benefit

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

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

Greater Manchester Sees Significant Investment

Bombardier Win New Train Order for their Derby Factory

Train Runs into Lorry Stopped on Railway Level Crossing

GBRf Move London Underground “Battery Locos” Across Town

Railway Preservation Loses Two Pioneers at an Early Age

GBRf Reconvenes the “Fridgemodal”

Leaves on the Line

Iconic BR Diesel-Hydraulic Notches Up 50 Years

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

A Look at the Route of HS2 Announced on January 10

Concrete Cow Charter to Run into the Wilds of Buckinghamshire

Christmas Cracker for Heritage Lines

Notable Workings Week 51

Notable Workings Week 52

East-West Rail Link Given Provisional Go Ahead

Lyd – the narrow gauge Tornado

Loco-hauled Cumbrian Coast Commuter Service

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

Notable Workings Week 1, 2012

Kings Cross Western Concourse Reaches Major Milestone

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

Extended Travelling Times to and from the Isle of Wight

Steam Events to Look Forward to

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

Metropolitan Tube Line Extension

Changing Times at Reading Station

110mph Electric Locomotive Derailed at Bletchley in early hours of February 3rd blocking All Lines

Dutch Railways Take Over Greater Anglia Franchise

West Coast Main Line Re-opens After Bletchley Accident

February half-term events

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

5th Anniversary marked by Multi-Million Pound Investment

R2P to Supply CCTV for London’s Tramtrack Croydon Limited

A Selection of January News from Heritage Railways

Transport Minister Inspects Tyne & Wear Metro Progress

Virgin Trains Again Voted Britain’s Favourite Train Company

Notable Workings Week 2, 2012

New Station Proposed at Energlyn, Near Caerphilly

The Sellafield Express

Network Rail Fined

Notable Workings Week 3, 2012

Expatriate A4s to Visit Britain

Great Western Pair for Epping Ongar Railway

RAIB’s Initial Report into the Bletchley Derailment

Slate Locomotive Festival at Leighton Buzzard - a Record Breaker!

Network Rail Outlines Growth Plans for the Anglia Rail Network

Notable Workings, Week 4 2012

Sicilian Train ferry Under Threat by Airlines

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

Bushey has 3rd Platform Restored

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

Return of a Victorian Locomotive Icon

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

Farewell to Ken West

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

Network Rail Strengthens Case for Northern Hub Project

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

Winter Works for Heritage Lines Underway in the Annual Closed Period

Blackfriars Underground Station is Re-opened

Heathrow Express Disrupted by Industrial Action

Preserved Heritage Railways Need to Raise Their Game

Industrial Locos Hauling Passenger Trains in the February Snow

London Underground Central Line Advertises Digital Switchover

GB Railfreight Commences New Petroleum Flow

Notable Workings Week 5, 2012

Order for New “Desiro” Trains Signed by Transpennine Express

Preserved Steam Events to Look Forward to Across the UK

Preserved Railway Steam News

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

Whirlwind Steamy Tornado Romance

London Midland Reveals Details of its “Project 110”

Command Paper on the Future of UK Railways Announced in Parliament

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

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

Investigation into the Derailment of a Tram at East Croydon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable Workings Week 6, 2012

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

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

Croydon’s Tramlink Expands Fleet

Records Broken as Container Trains’ Expand in Welsh Business

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

Kings Cross £500 Million Extension Opens for Business

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

Royal Steam Locomotive Visits Wimbledon for a Spell on the Lathe

National Railway Museum’s Olympic Torch Dream extinguished as Flying Scotsman falls at the last hu

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

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

Wensleydale Railway 40 Mile Coin Challenge

Campaigners Shocked as HS2 Chief Engineer Reveals ‘New City’ Secret Agenda

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

New Virgin Pendolino Debuts on the East Coast

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

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

Severn Valley Railway Plans £4Million Share Issue

West Somerset Holds Key for Exmoor Access

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

UK Sleeping Car Trains Under Threat

Easter Events Listing

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

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

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

Three British Locos Being Repatriated After 50 Years in USA

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

Notable Rail Workings Weeks 7 and 8, 2012

The Fab Four Barrow Hill Event – VIP Day report

Railways 100 Years Ago in April 1912: A Titanic View

Five Guest Locos for Severn Valley Spring Gala

Antwerp

Bluebell Railway

Southeastern Announces May Timetable Alterations

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

Fab Gala at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

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

Crossrail Starts Boring Phase After 23 Years

Train Derailed as it Hits Debris by a Nottinghamshire Tunnel

Direct Rail Services Expands Fleet

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

Rail passenger journeys across Great Britain reach record levels according to official statistics ju

Winifred Returns to Wales From Across the Atlantic Ocean

New-Build Central at the Llangollen Railway

Great Western Main Line to Receive Capacity Upgrade

Two Major Incidents Caused Disruption on May 9

The ORR

Railfest Report

Great Eastern Freighter

Disastrous Dorset Diesel Gala at Swanage

Blackfriars Station Re-Opens

Europorte Showcases New International “Piggyback” Freight Flow

Heritage Shunters Trust operates Gala

Reading Area Rail Network Upgrade Gathers Pace

National Memorial Locomotive Appeal Launched For ‘The Unknown Warrior’ By Pete Waterman andThe Royal

Notable Workings Weeks 17 and 18, 2012

The Swanley & New Barn Railway

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

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

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

Embargo

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

Two Heritage Railway re-openings take place this summer

London Midland Celebrates

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

Middleton Railway celebrates its 200th anniversary

Olympic Torch Steam Train draws thousands of watchers on Day 33

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

Vintage Great Western Railway Steam Railmotor approved for main line running

Notable Workings Week 26, 2012

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

Government announces huge Five Year Railway Investment Plan

Royal Train Steam hauled twice in July within 10 days

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

Notable Workings Week 27, 2012

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

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

Pendolino lengthening programme nears half-way

Notable Workings Week 29, 2012

PR Battle for the West Coast Main Line Franchise

Virgin Loses Franchise

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

Competition within Network Rail for rail enhancements

Notable Workings Weeks 30, 2012

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

Rail Fare Hike

Rail fares increase sets the late summer news agenda

Virgin’s lost franchise sets the news agenda

Notable Workings Week 31, 2012

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

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

High Speed 2 Half yearly Progress Report

Record breaking class reunion gathers pace across the Atlantic

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

Arson Attack

Steve Davies Resigns

Lorry Drivers to Blame for Rail Crashes

Historic locomotive swap announced between preserved railways

Vintage award winning Railmotor Tickets go on sale

Drama as horse wanders on to railway tracks

Notable Workings Week 36, 2012

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

Government announces a halt to the Rail Franchising system

Carry on Franchising? Sir Humphrey says no!

Notable Workings Week 38, 2012

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

More details of new Class 68 diesel locomotive released

Royal steam locomotive to turn blue from November

Notable Workings Week 39, 2012

Rail Industry and Samaritans Launch Partnership

Record Breaking Class Repatriation Takes Place at Liverpool

IOWSR Million Pound Scheme Starts

Virgin Snatch Temporary Victory in West Coast Debacle

Swinging Sixties Stock Withdrawn from London Underground

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

London Midland Train Services Disrupted Again by Lack of Staff

Notable Workings Week 40, 2012

Bringing Back The Brighton Belle

150th Anniversary of The Metropolitan Railway Celebration Details Announced

World Steam Speed Record 75th Anniversary Celebrations Commence

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

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

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

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

Flying Scotsman – ‘What Went Wrong’

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

Notable Workings Week 43, 2012

Contracts For New Scottish Railway Signed

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

World Famous Illuminated Trams Close Seaside Tourist Season

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

Christmas Steam and Diesel Special Trains across the UK

Network Rail Highlights the Penalties of Incorrectly Using Rail Crossings

250 UK Freight Yards to Close?

Network Rail Announces Half Year Financial Results for 2012/2013

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

Which is the best Train Operator Pound for Pound?

Bucking The Ticketing Trend at Prize Winning Millom

Now, It's a Blue Tornado

Notable Workings Week 46, 2012

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

Notable Workings Week 47, 2012

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

Rail Regulator reports Record Passenger Numbers and revenue

East Coast Main Line train concept unveiled by Rail Consortium

Rail Fares Increases Improve Cycle Safety

Annual Railway Heritage Awards made in London

Notable Workings Week 49, 2012

All aboard this Christmas!

West Coast Main Line Performance Threat by Virgin

Steam Trains to run Underground from Moorgate in January

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

Top Ten Overcrowded trains named by Department for Transport

East Coast Main Line suffers yet another massive failure

Rail Disruptions

Mystery Railway locations – we need your help!

Celebrate The Highland Main Line’s 150th anniversary this summer

Rail News in 2013

Many Happy Festive Returns for Eurostar this Christmas!

UK’s First Grade II Listed Plastic Station Footbridge

The Ufton Level Crossing Conundrum – not an open or shut case.

Charter Trains to be Regulated off the national network in 2014?

Notable Workings Week 50, 2012

London: Parliament Committee ask if UK Railways are value for money

Downton, Straford on Avon, The Cheshire Regiment and Great Western all for Sale!

Rail.co.uk takes a look at the 5 year plan to develop the UKs railways

London. How The Metropolitan Line was Built in the 1860s

Steam returns to London’s Underground to celebrate 150 years of the Metropolitan Line

Final Report Issued into the West Coast Main Line Franchise letting failures

Island Steam Railway wins Two Top Tourist Awards

Win a pair of Vintage Valentine’s Express Pullman Lunch Tickets

Why does the ‘wrong type of snow’ affect the railways?

Will Flying Scotsman ever run again?

Phase Two of High Speed Two route plans announced

York’s 21st Century Steam Locomotive Turntable Opened by Rail Minister

King's Cross ‘Temporary’ Canopy Demolished After 40 years

London Bridge rises up under The Shard

Streamlined Steam Locomotive’s Support Coach derailed at York station

Network Rail prepares for the future at Wembley with 1970s built Electric Multiple Unit.

Network Rail TV - Keeping Britain on Track, a six part BBC TV series

Siemens Vectron loco trialled in Channel Tunnel

Winter steam this half-term to set you up for the new season

Tickets, the scourge of today’s railways. How the railways let themselves down on two simple journey

Anglo-Scottish Sleepers to be split from Scotrail Franchise

Spring Heritage Railway steam events to look forward to.

Spring Heritage Railway steam events to look forward to

National Railway Museum releases details of World Steam Record Breaking Anniversary Reunion

Rail Regulator concerned about the resilience of Britain's railways

I do love to be steaming beside the seaside………….

Underground Celebrations Star returns to its Buckinghamshire home

Network Rail fined £100,000 and face a £1m fine for Safety Breaches

The Latest Preserved Railway Steam Gala Changes for Early Season Events

City of Truro steam locomotive withdrawn – has it steamed for the last time?

Passenger train jumps off and back onto the rails at Liverpool Street station!

Financial Fallout from West Coast Franchising debacle carries on to next general election

Friday 13th Nightmare - London Underground Engineering Train Runs Away Out of Control

Polish Beeching Rail Closures 50 years on?

Vintage Trains’ express curry test train runs with a tender behind on March 28.

Preserved main line electric locomotives to be scrapped and exported

NRM revamps Station Hall and stages shunter event

Brighton Belle re-united after 40 years

The Beeching Report – Rail.co.uk looks at the report 50 Years on

Heritage Railways Line Up April 2013 Steam Feasts

Beeching was right says Influential Railway Panel

What the railways were doing 50 years ago.

Mid-Hants Railway magnificent seven serve up spectacular Spring gala

East Coast Trains to return to the private sector

Peterborough’s preserved railway branches out onto a loop

Princess of Paddington celebrates 150th birthday

World steam record class of ‘38 reunion details

Damning Flying Scotsman report issued by National Railway Museum

Easter’s no holiday for Network Rail on the Great Western!

No Claims bonus lost as lorry accident causes £1.6m train repair bill

Two Exhibitions Offer Unique Chances to See How the Railways Run

Preserved steam, real ale and railway walks on offer this Spring

Spring Narrow Gauge Railway events to look forward to

Britain’s most popular stations?

Construction drilling breaks tunnel roof and shuts railway for two days in London

75 years of Royal Train secrets to be revealed on May 4th

Energy bills to rise as coal train charges set to be increased by 25%

Prince of Acton steams in London after 150 year absence

Heritage Lottery Fund makes huge awards to rail projects

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway marks its 40th anniversary with a May festival celebration.

Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society builds a new steam railway for London

Blue Streak to run through Hatfield

Wolverton Works’ Royal Train legend passes into history

Steam Locomotive totally derailed at The Great Central Railway

Have steam locomotive, will travel!

The Great Swithland Rail Show, featuring a King, Alfred and Judy

Weekend of railway charity events on May 18/19 offers two unique railway visits.

Didcot Railway Centre’s Presentation and Diesel Holiday weekend

Borders’ Line construction commences

Standing room only at the launch of the Wolverton Works 175th anniversary season

Mind the gap as National Audit Office clashes with Government over HS2

South Coast sailing and trams by train

Headphones or headless?

Government finds £20m to pay for new stations as it’s all change at New Street

High Speed 2 to get Parliamentary Powers this session?

DB Schenker offers former English Welsh & Scottish business train for sale

Ticket to Ryde and Glastonbury Festivals this month

A Tale of Two Stations….

Steam services return to the Met Line after an absence of 13 years

Network Rail’s Directors’ bonuses announced – No ‘F’ word allowed!

Centenary Celebration in Sir Willaim McAlpines Back Garden

Great Central Railway bridges Loughborough gap

Buy with confidence at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway as Unique Ventnor Station picture goes up for

North Wales narrow gauge railways make a perfect weekend away!

Royal Ascot Week (June 18-22) by train

More 1960s redundant Class 37 diesel locomotives put up for sale by DB Schenker

Railway Guest Houses you can - and cannot stay in!

Network Rail to be fined £75million for poor performance?

London Bridge moves to West Wales

Record breaking National Railway Museum Great Gathering now on!

Virgin serves real ale but cannot reach other parts like Blackpool or Shrewsbury.

Golden Arrow’s regular steam locomotive hauls steel train in Sheffield

NRM ‘branch line’ out-station features in K&WVR development plan

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s first full-length diesel gala

HS2 Bill tops FORTY THREE BILLION POUNDS without any trains!

West Somerset Railway’s July and August diesel day diary

Great Gathering joined by Car Park attendance

Battle of Wolverton Station 175 years on

Making tracks for the Festival City

New trains, new trains and yet more new trains announced

Heathrow Express Celebrates its 15th anniversary

Steam, diesel and horse power for Middleton Railway festival in Leeds

Spanish train crash kills and injures hundreds

Record breaking crowds for crowds of record breakers

Have your say and ask your question at the UK’s busiest station on August 6

The world’s oldest railway works enters administration

English Heritage gets 26 of the best from Network Rail

Britannia stays out of service

Summer Steam Gala events to visit

Llangollen, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire preserved railway extension ambitions move forward

Night Riviera celebrates its 30th birthday

Investigation into passenger trapped in a door

Late August preservedrailway Steam events to visit

Six killed in French train crash

West Coast Main Line gets busier as trains get a makeover

Crossrail strikes gold, finds skulls and gold

The hunt for Red Prairie is on!

West Coast Main line faces closure in 2014

GWS stars boost Didcot numbers

Rail ridership hits new highs as will regulated rail fares from January 2014

FirstGroup faces challenges rival ScotRail bidders

High quality expected for night trains to Scotland

HS2 cost doubling report

Keyline's Gold Standard achieved for second year running

Ivatt tank locomotive emerges from 45 year slumber back into services

High speed and historic railway book signings this Autumn

Plan to give visitors a close look at world famous Scottish rail icon

Rail Takeover Final

Severn Valley Railway Autumn Galas take shape

Crossrail's 1000 ton underground ladies

Campaigners urge Scottish Cabinet to plan for Borders Rail extension to Hawick and maybe Carlisle

Great Western delight as Broad Gauge locomotive is donated and GWR ‘Hall’ goes on Devon and Somerset

Wolverton Works rise from potential closure in time for 175th Anniversary

Over the hills and far away - a Duchess steams another day

Twenty locomotives offered for sale – buyer collects

Direct Rail Services the nuclear train company orders dual powered locomotives.

Carnival time as Kings Cross Square opens

East Coast Trains removes barriers to travel at Kings Cross as Network Rail apologises for poor perf

Trains return between Aylesbury, Princes Risborough and Chinnor after a 56 year gap

High speed freight – food for thought

Whistle Stop tours offers views from the drivers seat and UNDER a train!

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway launches ‘Bridges to Broadway’ share issue

First Great Western given a two year franchise extension

The end of UK Royal Travel as we know it or is it more misunderstanding by the Public Accounts Commi

Passengers evacuate themselves off trains not understanding the dangers

National Railway Museum Autumn Mallard 75 season commences

Gateway to Birmingham opens for 7 days

Full size rail at major model exhibition

Rail Regulator announces £99 million pound fund to close 500 Level Crossings

Public Accounts Committee criticizes the Thameslink project’s progress - but have they ignored histo

Threat to close Glasgow stations denied if Maryhill line remains unelectrified

HS2 debate becomes a two sided argument – at last!

Visit Christmas attractions by rail in the UK and Europe

Early Winter preserved steam railway news

High Speed 2 for Scotland?

All Aboard East Coast Trains in High definition every Thursday

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Non-stop tube running for London at weekends but ticket offices to close

Weekend warning for passengers at Birmingham and Manchester

New use for old station buildings regenerate communities

Settle-Carlisle Line celebrates 25th anniversary closure reprieve

Faster train journey times called for by Scottish Government

Christmas Nationalisation for Network Rail?

Go walk-about on the roof of Edinburgh Waverly station with Network Rail

Revamped stations ready for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Folkestone Harbour Branch to close?

Train fares to rise in January 2014

The locomotive moving expert retires after 40 years and three million miles on the road

Heritage Railway Association announces annual railway preservation awards

Sir David Higgins takes over the HS2 project

The Great Gathering – Farewell events and award winning volunteers

East Coast franchise short-list contenders announced

Island Line storm damage repaired and train services resume

Borders line Campaigner’s fight broken political promises in Scotland.

Britain’s railways emerge from long economic depression

The future of rail transport in the southeast unveiled with 100mph driverless train

Edinburgh Waverley reconstruction completed

Up for the Capital Cup final by rail

Dawlish rail disruption

The UK's First Rail-Fly Partnership Launched

Bombardier wins the Crossrail train provision and maintenance contract

Work on the East-West Rail line commences as £45 million is pledged from local authorities.

Network Rail swings into action to repair flood damage despite more storm damage at Dawlish

Three very special trains announced.

Government extends First Capital Connect Franchise

Deploy Uk launch new rail division

11% of the UK rail network to be electrified under Network Rail’s £4bn National Electrification Prog

Britain’s use of railways continues to break all records

Bullet Train manufacturers move world rail HQ to the UK

Beautiful Helena stars in steamy art show in Poland

Isle of Wight Steam Railway million pound visitor centre nears completion

Eurostar hits 10 million passengers in record breaking performance

Preserved Chilterns’ steam Railway provides operational training

Brighton Belle to run in 2015?

Once in a Blue Moon event – April 5 and 6

South Tynedale Railway £5.5million expansion project announced

Train companies profit from rail refunds not being claimed

Two nine day steam train holidays on offer this Spring

Devon and Cornwall railways reunited with the rest of the UK’s railway network

London Midlands faults highlighted at Bedford-Bletchley Rail User Association AGM

West Country steam railways open for business

Work commences on East West Rail project at Bicester

Rail Franchise extension policy continues with Northern Rail new deal

Network Rail found at fault with Manchester derailment and subsequent locomotive fire

Crossrail to serve Reading as 75% of tunnelling is completed

Line reopenings – What needs to be considered?

Annual freight Multimodal transport exhibition looms

Hogwarts Castle to go on display

Mallard Million at National Railway Museum

Charity Charter trains support hospices

High Speed 2 returns to Parliament for Hybrid Bill Second reading

So, just what do rail passengers complain about?

Budget Airline issues cheeky challenge to UK rail

Abellio Greater Anglia Franchise extended in £20m deal

Happy Train refurbishment brings smile to passengers

Mayday Bank Holiday engineering works closes West Coast Main Line

Class 68 gets Royal visitor while on display in Birmingham

Channel Tunnel hits 20 after a 214 year history

Great Western Society restoration King hangs up his spanners after 25 years

April 2014 - a big month for new-build steam locomotive projects

Call to renationalise the Railways

'Back to Black' for Cotswold Festival of Steam

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway offers a ‘Rainy Day Guarantee’!

Interested in rail infrastructure and the politics of railways?

Royal Scotsman Luxury Scottish Railway Golf Tour

Steam driving with a dash of motor sport thrills

£100 million pounds for accessible stations

Borders Line first construction anniversary

Unique West Coast Main Line steam Gala in East Anglia

Level crossing failure at Hawksbury brings risk to users

Model railways, steam railways and raft races to enjoy

Heathrow Express joins forces with the city of Chengdu in China

This is a platform alteration - French style

Thameslink Franchise operator announced

Transport Scotland announce Caledonian Sleeper rail franchise winner

Late and over budget but new trams enjoy huge welcome

Cambrian livery for 90 year old Vale of Rheidol No. 9

Borth Railway Museum features in Hinterland TV hit

1000 ton steel rail flyover installed near Heathrow

100 ton locomotive in runaway collision on the Great Central Railway

D-Day activities on the Southern Railway

Peep behind the scenes at a pair of preserved railways

Steam-age tube trains complete their journey after over 40 years of service

No sale of WSR freehold by County Council

Doncaster freight by-pass opens to benefit passengers

History repeats itself Network Rail blames passengers for delays but they cannot contact Network Rai

Network Rail Chairman looks at the digital transport revolution

First Triple headed main line steam train for 50 years

Chancellor calls for HS3 to link Humberside and Merseyside

Virgin awarded another extension to West Coast Main Line franchise as Essex Thameside award is furth

Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ 50th anniversary celebrations this July

Business Secretary Vince Cable opens Catapult centre

National Express retains Essex Thameside (c2c) franchise

New owners for minimum gauge heritage lines

Transport events in the Northwest this July

Swanage signs loco trio

Bluebell Railway Chairman Awarded MBE

Mid-Hants Railway wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for Bulleid train project

Major Cornish rail improvement package announced by Prime Minister

Rail Regulator’s end of term report on Network Rail brings taxpayers money-go-round

Rail Regulator reveals who passengers vote their favourite train company.

World War 1 ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ event at Apedale Valley Light Railway

Isle of Wight’s Ryde Pier celebrates its 200th birthday on July 27

Chinnor and Princess Risborough Railway’s Silver Jubilee celebrated with Blues Jazz Train and ‘Kids

Crossrail revealed on TV and secrets of Bedlam to be investigated as Crossrail 2 Consultation gets u

Eurotunnel 20th anniversary expansion plans announced as conflicting European Regulators’ decisions

Fireman’s strike cancels main line steam trains

Birmingham to become High Speed 2 HQ

Summer train services 100 years ago

West Coast Main Line closed between Euston and Milton Keynes this August

Big time steam at the Mid-Norfolk Railway

Hong Kong company MTR awarded contract to run Crossrail train services

Bachmann Europe enter the small scale model market

Brading station – From Roman port to award winning railway centre to host 150th anniversary rail eve

Labour leader Ed Milliband calls for huge changes to the rail industry

Wartime Railways in August and September 1914

The Queen reopens Reading station for a second time!

East West Rail Project seeks views on road and foot crossings

German owned operator Grand Central awarded 10-year contract extension

Vintage Trains and The Branch Line Society run charity charter trains

Great Central Railway obtains planning permission and a £1million grant

Southall’s Railmotor train returns after 106 years

75 years ago Britain’s Railways prepare for war

Rail fares to rise by up to 5.6% in January

Prototype battery-powered train trials begin

Record passenger numbers this summer in Scotland

Latest rail franchise shortlists announced

Late August preserved steam gala news

Festival Fireworks as Edinburgh Festival ends with a bang

Severn Valley and Nene Valley Railways Autumn Gala details

Autumn steam galas on smaller lines

Major rail event to mark 175 years of railways in Derby

Mangapps Farm railway celebrates 25 years of operations

Presidents and Prime Ministers visit to affect rail passengers in South Wales on September 4 & 5

World War Two brings rail nationalisation on September 1st 1939

Polish steam visitor to Toddington’s ‘other’ railway

Four adjacent Dean Forest narrow gauge railways to hold Open Days on September 20

Steam trains to launch Borders railway next year

Ffestiniog’s Palmerston visits Aberystwyth.

South West Trains announce new £210million commuter train order

What could happen to rail after the Scottish independence referendum?

Bridges to Broadway dash for cash

Great Western locomotives star at North Yorks and West Somerset Railway Autumn Galas

Redditch branch reopened after improvements completed

Wolverton Works set for demolition after St. Modwen and Knorr-Bremse reveal regeneration plans

Track-laying and bacon rolls on the Waverley Route

October preserved railway gala previews

New 50 year old Pullman train takes to the rails as ‘Spirit of The Lakes’

Department for Transport award 7th franchise extension promising tough targets and an end to high fa

Slumdog Millionaire comes to the North Pennines!

New trams introduced onto the Midland Metro network

Stunning steam photographic calendar to raise cash for Great Central Railway ‘Bridge to the Future’

Autumn steam and diesel special trains on the national network

Referendum result means change

Brunel’s engineshed and workshops unearthed at Paddington

345 people killed on UK railways last year

Approval granted for re-introduction of direct services between Blackpool, Shrewsbury and London

Not enough, too much, or the wrong kind of information

Runpast at Rannoch highlight of railway photographic courses this Autumn

Talyllyn – the loco 150 years young

Second extension proposed for London’s tube network announced

Llangollen announces date of first trains to Corwen – half a century after closure!

Railway Magazine, Virgin Trains and Direct Rail Services run Class 37 & 57 charity fund-raising char

Steaming through the Autumn colours

Sorry I’m late, my train was delayed – fact or fiction?

Dutch National Railways win ScotRail franchise as First go to near last

Government propose to extend First Great Western rail franchise for three to four years

Ever wanted to buy a Eurostar train?

30 miles of track laid before Christmas on new Borders Railway

Passenger Focus survey creates passengers’ manifesto for improvements

Rocket Scientist makes Two-foot long Meccano steam locomotive

Autumn Railway Open Days and Galas come to an end

New-build Gresley P2 2-8-2 new fundraising schemes launched to maintain million pound momentum

Trainspotting explained and its rise and fall

Birmingham and Doncaster chosen as dual locations for High Speed Rail colleges

Richard Trevithick, George Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel in live radio steam debate in Corn

High Speed Two northern connectional link line proposals announced

Passenger journeys rise by 2% in April/May/June 2014

 
 
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Train travel in the UK should be a pleasure, not a headache. So if you’re taking a train on the UK railway, start your journey here. We’ve lots of hints, tips and advice to help you find your way around, travel smoothly and arrive in style by train.

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