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...
Iconic steam locomotive Stephenson’s Rocket is to sit at the centre of the Railway Museum’s collection of historic rail vehicles as it prepares for a long-term stay in the North of England. Rocket is currently on display in Newcastle for...
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail (APPGHR) wants the law changing to legally allow under 16s to volunteer on heritage railways. APPGHR describes the Employment of Women, Children and Young Persons Act 1920 as "outdated" and  "divisive" as it makes...
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,...
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...
A National Lottery grant of £853,800 to repair the Falling Sands Viaduct in Kidderminster will "safeguard" Severn Valley Railway's (SVR) future. Director Shelagh Paterson said the 142-year-old structure has suffered badly over the...

The Royal Train

Continuing a tradition which dates back to 1842, the Royal Train remains one of the preferred modes of transport for the Royal Family much loved by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. The...
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...

Bluebell joins rail network

Saturday, 23rd March saw the Bluebell Railway open its long awaited extension into East Grinstead. Writes Clive Kessell The celebrations took place in a snow storm as the first public train steamed southwards towards Sheffield Park. The new Bluebell station,...
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...
This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Beeching’s ‘The Re-Shaping of British Railways’. Writes Colin Garratt 2013 also sees the thirtieth anniversary of the Serpell Report. These two events mirrored the tempestuous undertones of railway policy in the years...
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...
A records assistant at Network Rail's archive in York has stumbled across a notebook with George Stephenson's plans for the world's first locomotive-driven passenger railway. John Page discovered the notebook by chance while looking for another document in the archive’s deeds...
Ravaged by civil war and the Ebola pandemic, Sierra Leone is hoping the railway can help deliver a positive future for the country. Up until 1975, Sierra Leone still had a national rail network - more than 300 miles of narrow gauge...
Visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) are now able to donate using contactless donation boxes. The first machine has been placed at Pickering station, where visitors are able to make predetermined donations of between £5-£30. Following a 125 per...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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,...

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...
Colin Garratt Director of Milepost 92½ Reports...  The golden age of British trams represents a glorious phase in transport history. It was a time when towns and cities across Britain were provided with rapid efficient transport second to none. The tragedy of...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work