Austerity

  • Military might: Looking back at Longmoor

    Military might: Looking back at Longmoor

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    October 31 marks 50 years since the closure of the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire. The army training line, known for its eye-catching blue-liveried locomotives and stock, came within a whisker of becoming a preservation hub for the south, but alas it was not to be. Gary Boyd-Hope pays a pictorial tribute to one of…

  • Fundraising success sees Wheldale overhaul begin

    Fundraising success sees Wheldale overhaul begin

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    ONE of the last steam locomotives to work commercially in the UK – Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No. S134 Wheldale – is on the steam comeback thanks to the fundraising efforts of the locomotive’s support group. The Friends of Wheldale has raised in excess of £130,000 towards the cost of overhauling the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway…

  • Pannier No. 4612 back in Bodmin & Wenford traffic

    Pannier No. 4612 back in Bodmin & Wenford traffic

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    GREAT Western motive power returned to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway for the first time in 2019 when Collett ‘8750’ 0-6-0PT No. 4612 rejoined the working fleet in late-July after overhaul.  The loco passed its steam test on July 18 and, following running-in turns, took its place on the passenger roster the next week. The pannier’s…

  • Aln Valley seeking more donors for Richboro appeal

    Aln Valley seeking more donors for Richboro appeal

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    Northumberland’s Aln Valley Railway has been encouraged by the response to its fundraising appeal.

  • Arctic blasts cannot halt GC gala action!

    Arctic blasts cannot halt GC gala action!

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    THE Great Central Railway’s winter steam gala has for many years built up an enviable reputation for being the ‘first big event’ of the heritage calendar. The sector traditionally follows the example set by nature and goes to sleep in the weeks following the festive season, giving a breathing space for locomotive, stock and infrastructure…

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