Archaeologists have been able to determine the age of a footpath which was uncovered in Birmingham’s Victoria Square during works to extend the Midland Metro tram network. Newspaper reports described the discovery of a cobbled Roman road beneath the streets...
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has set out on a magical quest to find a wizarding ambassador and muggle relations expert. Open to both magical and non-magical applications, the voluntary position might sound a little riddikulus but the heritage railway,...
Victorian Britain witnessed the creation of a 20,000 route mile national railway network, of which about 10,000 route miles remain today as an operational railway. Closed lines were sold off to the highest bidder with a considerable variety of...
I suppose the best answer to the question is no, there are at least four or possibly more if you count the three little ones! (Great Laxey Mine Railway, Groundle Glen Railway and the miniature one). The Isle of Man...
The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York has unveiled its new identity at a special event. Bringing together the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, the electro-diesel Class 88 locomotive Prometheus and Britain’s first hyperloop prototype in the museum's Great Hall, NRM...
Heritage rail firm Vintage Trains, which has plans to set up as a train operating company (TOC), has announced that Cath Bellamy will join the company as its managing director. Cath is a former managing director of Chiltern Railways and...
Campaigners are hoping a new social media video series will draw more public support to their plan to reopen a disused railway tunnel in West Yorkshire as a cycle path. The Queensbury Tunnel Society has produced a collection of filmed interviews to...
The country's first-ever second generation electric multiple unit (EMU) has been painted in its original blue and grey British Rail livery. Train 313201, which operates out of Govia Thameslink Railway's (GTR) Brighton depot along the Coastway route, has been repainted...
Heritage Lottery will no longer be giving the Great Central Railway more than £9.5 million to build a new museum in Leicestershire. Plans for the new museum in Birstall are now in jeopardy following the announcement, although the team involved are...
Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has raised £2.5 million in share purchases to transform its visitor facilities at Bridgnorth station - the biggest redevelopment project in the heritage railway's history. Organisers said that people queued throughout the day and that donations...
Although it gets thousands of visitors a year, Coventry’s Electric Railway Museum has to close as the city council is not renewing its lease with the site being required for a new development. The museum is the only one in...
RSSB has produced a new set of standards that it hopes will clarify the safety obligations of heritage rail operators. RSSB said the new standards would replace the 'older obsolete standards' which are currently used by the sector. Three new standards...
Nations have long looked to evolve and innovate their railways as a way of maximising economic potential. Few - if any - have looked to the past, to old technology and systems, to pin a nation’s hopes and dreams on,...
Almost as soon as the Swanage Railway closed in January 1972, a railway preservation society was set up to try and restore the service for the now-isolated Dorset community. Finally, 45 years on, the branch line connecting Swanage and Corfe...
Railway pioneers have boarded the first service in 45 years from Swanage to Wareham, in Dorset. Two generations of enthusiasts rebuilt the line following its closure in January 1972, with the inaugural service marking the start of a two-year trial...
A Shropshire railway station could be yours for £50,000 shy of a million pounds. Coalport - which opened in 1863 and closed a century later - has been converted into a family home complete with a profitable hospitality business, according to...
The Postal Museum - home to the underground Mail Rail system - has announced its official launch date. Based in London, the heritage attraction will open its doors to the public on July 28, 2017. Run by the Postal Heritage Trust, the...
If you're a rail enthusiast looking for a new home we may have just found the dream location for you. Clive Emson auctioneers has listed Torre Signal Box (pictured above) on its website for a guide price of £85,000 to...
Following a spike in demand from customers, Chiltern Railways has announced an increased timetable for the 121 Bubble Cars before they retire. The TOC's last two remaining Class 121 trains were first brought into service in 1960 and later bought...

Murder on the metals

There’s something about the railway that seems to stir the imagination of crime writers. Within these circles, the Victorian corridor coaches are held in the same esteem as a creepy country estate or a grand art deco hotel. Real-life crime...
The Great War cost Britain’s railways dear. In four years they went from being robust businesses that stood firmly on their own feet to ones that were near bankrupt, with their assets worn out by over-use for military traffic,...

Crossrail archaeology

The building of the Elizabeth line, the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, has revealed a wealth of archaeological treasures. Artefacts from earlier times have excited archaeologists and are considered well worth a major exhibition which will be staged at...
The rail industry continues its commemoration of the First World War with a series of events to mark the Battle of the Somme in which one million soldiers were either killed or wounded. On the first day alone 57,000 British...

Back in steam

60103 Flying Scotsman is back in public view following a decade- long restoration project, easing itself in with a series of test runs on the East Lancashire Railway. Once commissioning is complete in late February, Flying Scotsman season will begin, but not...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

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