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Could Stagecoach Go Legal Now The Pensions Crisis Is Finally Out In The Open?
DISQUALIFICATION of Stagecoach’s bid to retain the East Midland franchise and its ban from two other franchise competitions stems from submitting non-compliant bids, principally in respect of pensions risk. It has since emerged Arriva was barred from
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Steam, Diesel And Electric On Show At Long Rock Open Day
AN OPEN day at Long Rock depot, Penzance, was attended by several thousand visitors, who witnessed a wide array of motive power celebrating Cornwall’s railways. Proceeds from the event – held on April 13 and organised by GWR – will be donated to th
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Reviews
By Hugh Oram OH TO have seen Dublin’s Guinness Brewery system in its heyday! Today, little remains of the once-extensive 1ft 10in-gauge network that infiltrated nearly every corner of the St James’s Gate site, but thankfully a number of the disti
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Sidelines
THE family of the late Dennis Howells has announced it is selling Hawksworth‘94XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 9466. The 1951-built loco, which had its main line certification renewed in February, will be offered for sale with all its main line radio and signallin
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North Bay Signed Up For Construction Of Replica Blyth
SOUTHWOLD Railway Trust (SRT) has contracted North Bay Engineering Services Ltd in Darlington to construct its replica 3ft-gauge Southwold Railway Sharp, Stewart 2-4-0T No. 3 Blyth. The first component of the £300,000 build will be the boiler, foll
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Thousands Of Eurostar Passengers Delayed By ‘Brexit’ Protestor
A MAN who gained access to the roof of a tunnel that carries Eurostar and HS1‘Javelin’services over the East Coast Main Line and Stratford International ruined the weekend of thousands of passengers. Terry Maher, 44, of Cubitt St, Camden, gained ac
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WSR Services Resume To Minehead
WEST Somerset Railway steam services reconnected with Minehead on April 19 as the line reopened fully following its extended winter closure. The inaugural service was hauled by Hugh Shipton’s ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6430, which detoured via the WSR from
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INDUSTRIAL LOCOMOTIVES & RAILWAYS OF THE NORTH EAST
GORDON Edgar’s series exploring the nation’s industrial railways and systems of Britain continues with this latest volume focusing on the region often credited as being the cradle of the railways over the past 60 years. In industrial railway terms
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Terrier Trust Launches £150,000 To Fund Parallel ‘A1X’ Overhauls
THE Terrier Trust, together with the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR), has launched a £150,000 appeal to overhaul the trust’s two London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts – Nos. 3 Bodiam (BR No. 32670) and 32678. Income fro
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Clun Castle To Perform For Ironbridge Branch Farewell
VINTAGE Trains (VT) has added two more opportunities to ride behind Tyseley’s beautifully restored No. 7029 Clun Castle on June 9. The double-chimneyed BR‘Castle’will work what are expected to be the last passenger trains over the former GWR branch
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Wrong IET Set At Castle Cary For Glastonbury Event Founder Naming
CASTLE Cary station, Somerset, on the GWR’s West of England Main Line, has new station signs reading Castle Cary Station of the Glastonbury Festival. The signs were officially dedicated on the morning of April 9 by 83-year old Michael Eavis, the fe
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DB Looks At Selling Off Arriva Arm To Plug Financial Hole
BRITISH train and bus operator Arriva could be sold off by Deutsche Bahn (DB) in a bid to plug a massive gap in its finances. Some sources say DB is close to the ceiling on borrowing allowed by the German government. The sale may be to one or more
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Meetings
Burton Railway Society Marston’s Sports & Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2BD. 19.30. ‘Through Kirton Tunnel, Sheffield to Cleethorpes – Part 1’: Stephen Gay. Pennine Railway Society Club 39, 39 College Rd, Waterdale, Doncaster D
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‘Caley’ Tank Ups And Downs: It’s A Success In Swanage But Fails At North Norfolk
CALEDONIAN Railway 0-4-4T No. 419 suffered mixed fortunes during late-March/early-April, having proved a big hit at the Swanage Railway’s March 29-31 Spring Steam Up, but missing out on much of the North Norfolk Railway’s gala the following weekend.
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Single Lines
• THE first Vale of Rheidol train of the new season departed from the newly constructed platform at Aberystwyth. Commissioning the platform and remodelled trackwork completes the initial phase of the £2.2million redevelopment of the terminus (RM Dec
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Summer Reopening Plan For Damaged Conwy Valley Line
WORK is underway to repair the Conwy Valley Line in North Wales after flooding washed away significant sections of the line for the second time in three years. The damage occurred on March 16 when Storm Gareth caused water levels to rise and wash a
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Mayflower Set For Busy Summer In The Capital
STEAM Dreams has announced a major expansion of its main line operation, with 56 additional trains from London planned between June and early-September. Steam Dreams will operate four trains from Waterloo every Tuesday for 14 weeks between June 4 a
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Wagon Report
THIRTY years ago there were more than 400 German ferry tank wagons registered for traffic between Britain and the European mainland via the train ferries. A plethora of companies were involved, including BASF, British Petroleum, CIE Auxiliere IB (CAI
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Part Two Towers Of Strength
WHETHER wagon-hoist or skip-hoist forms of operation were preferable for ferro-concrete coaling towers was a debate that occupied engineers for a considerable time. The wagon versions used large amounts of electricity in bodily lifting heavy weights
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From The Railway Magazine Archives
THE Newhaven-Dieppe continental service, London, Brighton and South Coast and French State (Western) Railways is to be reopened for passenger traffic from June 1. The British military authorities after demobilisation will permit the ferry boat to be
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Public Display Beckons For GWR No. 921 At Mountsorrel
A BRUSH 0-4-0ST that once worked for the GWR, and which was the showpiece exhibit at the now-closed Snibston Discovery Museum, is returning to public display at the Mountsorrel Railway’s Heritage Centre at Nunckley Hill. The Loughborough-built loco
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Sidelines
A PASSENGER survey by Transport Focus has revealed 97% of Stagecoach Supertram passengers are satisfied with the system, up from 95% last year, although only 87% are satisfied with the Sheffield light rail service’s punctuality since timetable change
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