Midland-Railway Butterley

  • ‘Chopper’ takes up Watercress Line duties

    ‘Chopper’ takes up Watercress Line duties

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    CLASS 20 No. D8059 arrived at the Mid-Hants Railway (MHR) on July 26 from the Midland Railway-Butterley.  It is owned by Somerset & Dorset Locomotives and is visiting the MHR on an extended stay, initially standing in for Class 50 No. 50027 Lion, which is receiving attention. The English Electric Type 1 entered passenger traffic on the…

  • ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 moves to new Derbyshire home

    ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 moves to new Derbyshire home

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    NEW-BUILD LMS ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior arrived at the Midland Railway-Butterley’s Swanwick Junction on the evening of August 12, beginning the final chapter in the construction of the new Fowler 4-6-0. The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust has been awarded the contract to complete the assembly of No. 5551 (RM August), which is…

  • Llangollen diesel highs and lows

    Llangollen diesel highs and lows

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    A1A Locomotives’ Class 31 No. 31271 Stratford 1840-2001 made a successful debut on the Llangollen Railway (LR) on June 16.  This follows its eviction from the Nene Valley Railway and May 4-6 gala appearance on the Churnet Valley Railway (RM March, p91). The Brush Type 2 is due to stay on the LR for at least…

  • Duchess of Sutherland team to complete new-build ‘Patriot’

    Duchess of Sutherland team to complete new-build ‘Patriot’

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    THE Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) has been awarded the contract to complete Fowler ‘Patriot’ 4-6-0 No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior by the LMS-Patriot Project. The PRCLT also operates and maintains Stanier Pacific No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. The ‘Patriot’s’ bottom end and associated components will leave their current home at Crewe Heritage Centre later this…

  • LMS Patriot – new contractor selected to complete The Unknown Warrior

    LMS Patriot – new contractor selected to complete The Unknown Warrior

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    The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust will complete the construction of new-build No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior at its Butterley base.

  • UK Railtours ventures through Butterley

    UK Railtours ventures through Butterley

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    GB RAILFREIGHT No. 66753 EMD Roberts Road edges into Butterley loop with UK Railtours’ ‘Amber Valley Venturer’ tour from Euston on May 4, making for an unusual sight among the preserved DMUs and coaching stock at the Midland Railway-Butterley (MRB). No. 66719 METRO-LAND is out of view at the other end of the train. Resident ‘Generator’ No. 47401…

  • Great steam Engineers of the nineteenth century: Part 5 – the 1860s

    Great steam Engineers of the nineteenth century: Part 5 – the 1860s

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    Steam locomotives grew larger, more powerful and faster during the 1860s. Brian Sharpe outlines how the jobs of the locomotive superintendents of the major railway companies also grew ever larger, in terms of their responsibilities and the huge workforces under their control.  The 1860s was a time of expansion for the GWR. After the Gauge…

  • Severn Valley supports £50m scheme which could reopen Eardington Halt

    Severn Valley supports £50m scheme which could reopen Eardington Halt

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    THE Severn Valley Railway has backed a £50 million holiday venue plan which could see Eardington station reopened. General manager Nick Ralls has written to Shropshire Council in support of multi-million pound plans for the leisure development on the Astbury Estate near Bridgnorth, drawn up by the FCFM Group. The estate, which already includes a…

  • ‘Caley’ tank for NNR, East Lancs and Swanage lines

    ‘Caley’ tank for NNR, East Lancs and Swanage lines

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    THE Caledonian Railway’s No. 419 played a starring role at the Churnet Valley Railway’s Winter Steam Gala on February 23-24, and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society is capitalising on the 0-4-4T’s presence in England by adding in further visits to heritage lines. First up for the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway-based loco is the East Lancashire Railway’s…

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