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Porterbrook Wins Hydrogen Race As Converted ‘319’ Makes Public Debut
THE UK’s first hydrogen-powered main line train moved under its own power for the first time at the ‘Rail Live’ event in June. Porterbrook ‘HydroFLEX’ demonstrator No. 799001, extensively modified from dual-voltage EMU No. 319001, has been fitted w
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Return Of The Brighton Belle
Work on the restoration of four ‘Brighton Belle’ coaches is nearing completion, as the 5BEL Trust project approaches the stage where the rebuilt vehicles will soon begin testing in preparation for their return to the national rail network, operating
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LCLT Contracts Loughborough Firm To Overhaul Sole-surviving ‘J21’
THE Locomotive Conservation & Learning Trust (LCLT) has contracted David Wright’s Locomotive Maintenance Services of Loughborough to carry out the restoration of its North Eastern Railway ‘J21’ 0-6-0 No. 65033. Two low-loaders belonging to Reid Fre
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300 Passengers Stranded On HST After Landslide Causes ‘Major Incident’
AROUND 300 passengers became stranded on an East Midlands Trains HST for hours after a diverted train was engulfed in a landslide, and a rescue train sent to assist was stopped by rising flood waters. What turned into a major rescue, involving the
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Overnight Sensation?
Having been in decline for decades, killed off by indifference, variable quality, high operating costs and the advent of budget airlines, overnight trains seem to be on the cusp of a surprising renaissance in Europe. As climate change becomes an in
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‘King’ And ‘A4’ To Head 15-engine North Yorks Autumn Steam Fest
DIDCOT’S GWR ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II will break new ground for the class this autumn when it takes a starring role in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) September 27-29 Autumn Steam Gala alongside ‘A4’ Union of South Africa. The visi
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First Refurbished IC Railcar Set Brought Into Service By Irish Rail
THE first of Iarnród Éireann-Irish Rail’s 22000 class InterCity Railcar (ICR) DMUs returned to service on April 24. This follows an extensive interior refurbishment aimed at improving the customer experience, while reducing maintenance and cleaning
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Revised Plans Unveiled To Protect Sea Wall Route
FURTHER proposals to rebuild and re-route the Exeter to Newton Abbot route between Dawlish and Teignmouth have been unveiled by Network Rail. The ambitious plans include extensive works to protect the line from cliff falls and landslips, as well as
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Retaining Heritage Skills For The Future
“In the six years that I’ve been here, I’ve managed to work on quite a number of locomotives, to varying extents. I just caught the tail end of Taw Valley’s restoration when I first arrived and remember working through the night to get it finished. I
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Sidelines
THE A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced the Motion Club has raised £170,000 of its required £210,000 to fund the manufacture of the motion for new Gresley ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The Motion Club was launched in April 2018 and aims to rec
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Heuston Station Earmarked For Major Redevelopment
Your reports and pictures are most welcome Highly competitive rates are paid, especially if exclusive to The RM DUBLIN Heuston station could be redeveloped as a major transport hub for the city, according to Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) chief Lorca
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Class 91s Facing Sidelines As Mk4 Stock Goes For Store
THE first Class 91 locos are expected to be withdrawn by LNER from July. They are becoming surplus to requirements as diagrams for the Hitachi ‘Azuma’ sets increase every week, and with LNER now announcing a start of services from Edinburgh on Augu
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Tracksides Are Littered With Debris
I OFTEN travel from St Leonards-on-Sea to Charing Cross, and looking out of the windows, I see on the trackside a mass of surplus railway hardware – mainly rails, bags of ballast and sleepers, which have been left there after alterations and maintena
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New Cylinders For ‘Flagship’ Hagley Hall Reach Bridgnorth
THE highly anticipated return of Severn Valley Railway (SVR) flagship No. 4930 Hagley Hall has moved a step closer following the delivery of the ‘Hall’s newly machined cylinder blocks to Bridgnorth on June 14. The new cylinders were one of the last
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A Second Engine Offered To Ivatt LMS 10000 Project
THE Ivatt Diesel Re-creation Society, which is aiming to construct a replica of LMS diesel-electric No. 10000, has a chance to acquire another engine of the correct type. A 16SVT power unit was acquired in 2012 – No. IH1861 – and now the RAF, which
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Stadler 755/4 Approved For Use By ORR
THE Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved the use by Greater Anglia (GA) of the Stadler ‘Flirt’Class 755 four-car bi-mode multiple units. These are the first Swiss trains to be built for the privatised railway, with testing only starting in Ja
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Vale Of Rheidol Festival To Reveal Trio Of ‘Forgotten’ Engines
VALE of Rheidol Railway (VoR) will unveil a trio of steam locomotives out of public sight for decades during its September 14-15 Steam Festival Weekend. Tagged Forgotten Engines 2 this will be the first time Hunslet 0-4-0ST Nesta (704/1899) has bee
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The Metropolitan Special
SIXTY-FIVE years ago it was possible for an enthusiasts’ special train to attract the attention of the wider public – even at a time when steam traction reigned supreme on Britain’s railways. The ‘Metropolitan Special’ tour operated by Railway World
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