23 July 2021
Class 315 Preservation Society
A Class 315 unit is secured for preservation
The Class 315 Preservation Society have today confirmed that they have, in principle, agreed a deal with the leasing company to take a Class 315 unit into preservation as per the organisation's plan.
The full detail, posted to the groups Twitter (@315_class) reads "At last. The News (sic) we have been waiting for. We are delighted to announce we have reached an agreement in principle with Eversholt, to secure a unit. Due to confidentiality we are unable to release anything further yet".
Further details of which unit is to be saved will undoubtedly follow when the time suits
23 July 2021
The Class 40 Preservation Society
40145 Restoration Progress
Work continues on the restoration of 40145 but photo's have surfaced of the locomotive now sporting a very smart looking BR Green livery with the world famous BR Lions & Wheels Logo added
22 July 2021
Great Central Railway Nottingham
The GCR Nottingham gets a new name
It has been announced by the GCRN board that they have decided to rebrand the railway and will now be known as The Nottingham Heritage Railway with immediate effect.
Mike Newton becomes the new chairman of the organisation and has posted his plans on how he and the rest of the team intend to run the railway - this can be found in full on the NHR (formerly GCRN) Twitter page @GcrNottingham
20 June 2021
Record Breaker moves to 125 Group
"With the recent handover of 43102 (one of the power cars involved in the 1987 record breaking test run) to the National Collection at Shildon, the other power car 43159, has faced a less certain future, having been in store for a prolonged period since retirement from Great Western operation.
125 Group is delighted to announce today that Porterbrook, the power car’s owner, has made a fantastic donation of this second world diesel speed record holder 43159, to 125 Group."
With this fantastic news, it enables the 125 Group to showcase each variant of the HST with them now owning a power care with a Valenta engine (when fitted), 2 with VP185 engines and now an MTU.
(First 2 paragraphs are extracts from the 125 Group press release. For more info visit https://www.125group.org.uk/porterbrooks-generous-donation-completes-hst-story-showcase/)
Photo's kindly supplied by @tommyfr96 on Twitter
09 May 2021
East Lancashire Railway
Help to Restore Jinty
The East Lancashire Railway need your help! They are looking to complete the restoration of LMS Jinty 47324 (affectionately known as "Jimmy") to help provide locomotive operations along the ELR for future generations.
They hope to be able to enhance the progress of this engine's restoration with the aim of seeing her on the track by 2023. Any donation would be appreciated.
Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ELR-Jinty
(Detail taken from ELR newsletter)
06 May 2021
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
The Railway Children Return
All aboard! The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is delighted to announce cameras are rolling on STUDIOCANAL's "The Railway Children Return", a sequel to one of the most beloved British family films of all time.
Jenny Agutter resumes her role from the original film. Sheridan Smith, Tom Courtenay & a new generation of railway children to star. Coming to UK cinemas 1 April 2022.
A group of children are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War 2, where they encounter a young soldier, who like them, is far away from home…"
Please note that the railway have kindly requested that members of the public, including railway enthusiasts, stay away from the filming locations and avoid lineside photography of any of the filming.
(Info taken from a KWVR newsletter)
30 April 2021
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
Award for the Middy!
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is very pleased to announce that the railway has won this years HRA Morgan Preservation award for the restoration and return to traffic of the original Shredded Wheat factory shunter, immediately dubbed ‘Shreddie’ by all involved.
This amazing project, returning a rusting hulk which hadn’t turned a wheel in 15 years back to working order, was carried out by two Middy volunteers, Neal and Nigel Davis with the enthusiastic support of the loco’s owner Tony Goff in just 6 months.
Photo's courtesy of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway. Photo's must not be re-used without the permission of the copyright holder's!
24 April 2021
Peak Locomotive Company
Class 46 Progress Report
The restoration work on D182 (46045) by the Peak Locomotive Company goes on and progress is being made towards the loco returning to action.
The generator unit is now back in the loco and the loco has been started up successfully showing the signs the group are making with this restoration. There are still bits to be done before it turns a wheel again including the potential of the boiler being reinstated (although at the time of writing this was only a possibility, with no definitive plans in place). It has also been confirmed that the locomotive will receive some new colour(s) prior to it returning to action - but we will leave the details of the colour scheme to your imagination for now.......
17 April 2021
Telford Steam Railway
A New Arrival!
The Telford Steam Railway are pleased to announce the purchase of British Rail Class 142 "Pacer" No. 142058 from Angel Trains.
The 142 unit will join 144013 in providing an accewssible service to all as well as operating trains on our line at a lower cost"
(Info taken from @TSRHeritage Twitter feed)
Photo's courtesy of Jacob Porrett (@Yorkiekid200 Twitter). Photo's must not be re-used without the permission of the copyright holder
31 March 2021
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
Line Extension Works
During the various stages of the Covid 19 restrictions, the Mid-suffolk Light Railway have still been able to make significant progress on their main project of extending the line.
The first major advance was the preparation and tidying around the Dovebrook platform, which also included the building of a new footbridge to access both the station and picnic areas. This work was carried out by the Middy Infrastructure Team. On March 1st TES2000 Network Rail Contractors carried out more heavy lifting for the MSLR beyond Dovebrook taking the line to the beginning of the climb to the final destination. The TES eight man team extended the track some 73 metres closer to the long held aim of adding a further 500 metres to the track length. The work also included crossing the divide caused by the public footpath and installing a new public foot crossing. A 360 degree road/rail digger was employed with the Middy’s own works train in support.
This is the first time that the track has been extended for 15 years. The new section follows the existing track bed and when completed, will enhance the visitor experience of this unique Edwardian Railway by more than doubling the length of demonstration journey and giving passengers a ‘destination’, Aspall Halt, where the line will terminate. The construction is being modelled on the old station at Wilby, which had the minimal building and facilities so typical of the cash-strapped Middy.
The MSLR is now renewing its campaign to fund the rest of the track work and the platform at the end of the line - the railway already has the station building - a recovered original MSLR building from the old station at Haughley. Members, friends and the general public are invited to ‘Sponsor-a Sleeper’ for £15.00 each at the Middy website www.mslr.org.uk/middy appeal - sponsors will receive a certificate and chance to win a Driver Experience worth £240.00 in a prize draw.
Photo's courtesy of Brian Scott & Terry Siemers, members & volunteers on the Mid-Suffolk Railway. Photo's must not be re-used without the permission of the copyright holder's!
19 February 2021
Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society
LMS 10000 Project
Work to convert 58022 into a recreated version of the first ever British mainline diesel electric locomotive, LMS 10000, goes on.
Having moved the donor locomotive to Wirksworth, the group's base on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, today saw the arrival of the ex EM2 bogies, purchased from the EM2 Locomotive Society. Having this important part of the project is a major step forward for the group and, with the hope of covid restrictions easing in coming months, will allow the group to really move forward with the challenge of recreating a piece of British railway heritage.
For more in depth news visit their website here - https://lms10000.co.uk/news