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Re-enactment of last passenger train journey on the Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Kent & East Sussex Railway want to know if you, or someone you know of was on the last passenger train which travelled between Robertsbridge and Tenterden on 11 June 1961. Passengers from this historic day have been invited to contact the Kent...

German break for Tornado

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has sent the Tornado’s boiler back to its manufacturer, DB Meiningen, in Germany for repairs. The firebox needs more extensive repairs than originally anticipated when winter maintenance was planned. The locomotive has been in intensive...

Turkish delight at Shildon

An LMS Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 45170, recently arrived from Turkey, completes a three-strong steam engine line up at Shildon national railway museum. No. 45170 was one of a fleet of Stanier 8Fs that saw service on Turkish railways...

Signal success for volunteer

Jim Tyers, a volunteer at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has won an award from the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers. Involved with the heritage steam railway since he was 14 Jim Tyers now 27 works as a signalman on the...

James Lester speaks of his role at Winston Churchill’s funeral

Although James Lester went on to work as a driver on the Southern and finished as a traction manager on Eurostar he regards his duties as the fireman on locomotive No. 34051 Winston Churchill on the day of Churchill’s...

Churchill’s fireman backs locomotive appeal

James Lester, who was the fireman on Winston Churchill’s funeral train in 1965, has given his backing to a fund raising campaign to restore steam locomotive No. 34051 Winston Churchill, in time for the 50th anniversary year of the...

Freightliner names PowerHaul 70004

The official unveiling ceremony took place at The National Railway Museum in York to celebrate The Coal Industry Society’s 500th meeting. Locomotive PowerHaul 70004 was named by ex-Secretary of State for Energy Tony Benn. The PowerHaul locomotives have increased tractive...

Great Central Railway in bid for £2.5m funding

Up to 200 new jobs and an 18 mile long heritage line could be created if a bid for £2.5m by the Great Central Railway Development Company is approved by the Government Regional Growth Fund. The company's aim is to...

Surprise namings for Neville Hill depot staff

Staff at Neville Hill depot surprised relatives of late and retired staff members with the namings of 4 recently repainted shunters. Two of the gleaming shunters were named Duncan Bedford and David Lightfoot by their respective widows and daughters with...

Heritage line looks at running commuter service

The Worth Valley Joint Transport Committee have funded a feasibility survey, examining the possibility of running a commuter style service along the Keighley and Worth Railway, the line featured heavily in the film 'The Railway Children.' The aim of...

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Fugro to conduct RILA survey of Network Rail’s Western route

Network Rail has contracted Fugro to conduct a RILA survey of a major part the rail network...

Welsh railways to receive up to £65 million to help keep services running

The Welsh Government has announced that it will spend up to £65 million over the next six months to ensure train services...

3Squared and East Midlands Railway sign five-year extension agreement

3Squared, the Sheffield-based rail technology specialists, has announced that it has signed an extension with East Midlands Railway (EMR) for the train...

Well-known public figures thank rail workers – and remind us all to ‘be safe, be patient, be kind’

A host of well-known politicians, sports stars and media personalities have said “thank you” to railway staff for keeping freight and critical...

Transport for London to extend use of RISQS supplier qualification scheme

Transport for London (TfL) has extended its use of rail-industry body RSSB’s Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), which will now be...