Jack Boskett

  • Class 90 visits Swindon for electrical testing

    Class 90 visits Swindon for electrical testing

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    ONE of the most unusual movements this year has seen freshly painted Class 90 No. 90035 move from Crewe to Swindon.  The train has been put together by Network Rail’s electrification project team in order to carry out mechanical and electrical testing of the OLE between Bristol and Cardiff, although initial tests were between Swindon and…

  • 9466 ready for Gloucs-Warks service

    9466 ready for Gloucs-Warks service

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    JONATHAN Jones-Pratt’s ‘94XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 9466 has entered service at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at the start of an extended hire to the Cotswold line.  The Hawksworth pannier was trialled on a round trip on October 19, double-heading with another Hawksworth type – ‘Modified Hall’ No.  7903 Foremarke Hall – during the railway’s Cotswold Food &…

  • GWR gives ‘Castle’ names to its HST power cars… and revives Class 255 designation

    GWR gives ‘Castle’ names to its HST power cars… and revives Class 255 designation

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    GWR has unveiled a series of new cast nameplates with ‘Castle’ names that will be applied to its HST power cars.  The HST power cars are used on the shortened 2+4 formations, which run between Bristol and Penzance. The plates are of a new design and feature the outline of a 2+4 HST set as…

  • Building on the Broadway

    Building on the Broadway

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    The 12 months since the opening of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s extension to Broadway have seen numerous records broken, with the line continuing to reap the benefits of its connection with the picturesque Cotswolds village. Gary Boyd-Hope went along to find out how the railway has risen to the challenge, and what lessons have been…

  • Steam, diesel and electric on show at Long Rock open day

    Steam, diesel and electric on show at Long Rock open day

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    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 the RNLI Penlee lifeboat station, in nearby Newlyn.  The lifeboat theme was…

  • Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Trains name could disappear

    Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Trains name could disappear

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    Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has expressed shock at the disqualification from bidding.

  • Hawthorn Leslie Met up for sale

    Hawthorn Leslie Met up for sale

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    Penbryn Engineering of Hengoed, South Wales, is seeking a buyer for ex-Metropolitan Electric Supply Company Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Met (2800/1909). The forgotten loco was sent to the Hengoed works for restoration nearly 10 years ago, where it was dismantled and some preliminary work started. However, following the death of its owner, work ceased and, having…

  • ‘Hoover’ Royal Oak saved by Great Central Railway

    ‘Hoover’ Royal Oak saved by Great Central Railway

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    CLASS 50 No. 50017 Royal Oak has been acquired by the Great Central Railway (GCR) from Boden Rail, Eastcroft, Nottingham.  This followed a few days when the loco’s future was in doubt, with various means of disposal being considered, including dismantling for spares.  A sale fell through in late-January, and as funds and space were required…

  • Blue ‘King’ confirmed for Cotswold Festival of Steam

    Blue ‘King’ confirmed for Cotswold Festival of Steam

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    THE Great Western Society’s Collett 4-6-0 King Edward II will return to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway later this spring to take part in the line’s Cotswold Festival of Steam on May 25-27.  It will be the second visit by Didcot-based No. 6023 to the ‘Gloucs-Warks’ in as many years, having starred at the same event last…

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