Return of the Signalman

The man who signalled the last train from Swanage to Corfe Castle and Wareham on New Year’s Day 1972 has returned to the Swanage Railway to mark the 40th anniversary of the sad day. Amidst high winds and heavy rain...
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...
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...

Weapon of war

The coming of the railways in the 19th century revolutionised military planning. The First World War saw the railways put to use as a major weapon of war. For the first time it became possible to mobilise millions of...
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...

Winter work out for SVR

The Severn Valley Railway is celebrating 150 years in the business. The first train ran between Worcester and Shrewsbury on 1st February 1862. Says David Postle of the SVR, ‘A lot of the railways have disappeared - there was a...
The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) is withdrawing its steam trains and will only run diesel locomotives for the time being after several fires broke out along the line over the weekend. Ash dropping out of the ash pans caused a...

Royal Railway Show

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, called STEAM, is putting on an exhibition devoted to royal rail travel. ‘The Royal Road’ exhibition shows the original clock from Queen Victoria’s Royal Waiting Room at...
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...
Two giant iron plates bearing the insignia of the London, Dover and Chatham Railway are being re-assembled at Blackfriars station in London. The rebuilt station will span the River Thames accommodating longer trains and more of them on the Bedford...
As the countdown continues to the 75th anniversary celebrations of Mallard breaking the world steam speed record the National Railway Museum is trying to find the drivers and other crew that worked on the world’s fastest locomotive. The Museum plans...

Signal School clears 100 years

Former railway signalmen and women are getting together at the Signal School at York’s National Railway Museum to celebrate its centenary in January 2013. The Signal School looks like a gentleman’s train set but has been used to train would-be...
Paris Gare du Nord is 150 this year and it’s starting to show. Europe’s busiest station has been at the centre of a number of modernisations since it first opened in 1864 and to mark this latest milestone, it is 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...
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...
Relaxed planning rules and a simplified procedure for modest extensions to heritage lines are among the supportive recommendations proposed by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail. Another success story in Britain’s rail industry is the upsurge of interest...
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,...

Churchill Remembered

Today (30 January 2015) marks the 50th anniversary of the funeral of Winston Churchill. The National Rail Museum will be displaying the locomotive 34051 ‘Winston Churchill’ and organising a symposium of personal recollections and photographs. Visitors will be able to see...

The role of railways in WW1

Every evening at 8 o’clock in Ypres in Belgium, four buglers from the town’s volunteer fire brigade assemble under the imposing Menin Gate. Passers by fall silent as the men sound the Last Post. The local police chief, Pierre Vandenbraambussche,...

Magic on the British Pullman

The Venice-Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) holds a special affection in the mind of both railway insiders and outsiders. To travel in this iconic train represents an essential tick on life’s to-do list and the opportunity presented to RailStaff to...

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...

Anniversary run

The Great Central Railway celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of its most popular diesels by hosting a special running weekend for Brush-built D5830, a locomotive that narrowly escaped being scrapped. The loco was originally released into traffic from the...
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...
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...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work