Newton-le-Willows

  • Tornado’s 2020 tour diary takes shape

    Tornado’s 2020 tour diary takes shape

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    PEPPERCORN ‘A1’ Pacific No. 60163 Tornado looks set to have another busy year on the national network in 2020 as more dates are added to the locomotive’s main line calendar. The first confirmed booking is the ‘Fen & Fells Flyer’ on April 4, which starts diesel-hauled in Cambridge, running via Ely, March and Peterborough, and down…

  • NR annual report highlights delivery successes – but debt grows again

    NR annual report highlights delivery successes – but debt grows again

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    NEW and expanded stations, electrification schemes and capacity for an additional 3,000 trains a week are all highlighted as successes in Network Rail’s 2018/19 annual report.  The year to March 31, 2019, saw £7billion invested in targeted improvements to the British rail network, and although many of those were delayed, the benefits of various major…

  • British-built traction remains active in Borneo on tourist trains

    British-built traction remains active in Borneo on tourist trains

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    Two of the last steam locos built by Vulcan Foundry (Newton-le-Willows) are used in the Malaysian state of Sabah to operate regular tourist trains.  The train between Tanjung Aru (Kota Kinabalu) and Papar runs normally on Wednesday and Saturday, and is a joint venture between the Sutera Harbour Resort, near Kota Kinabalu, and the Sabah…

  • £19million redevelopment for Newton-le-Willows station

    £19million redevelopment for Newton-le-Willows station

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    ONE of Britain’s earliest railway stations now features significantly improved facilities for passengers after a lengthy upgrade costing £18.95million. Newton-le-Willows has received a new main entrance and ticket office on the south side of the line and other improvements, including a new subway, stairs, lifts, toilets and waiting facilities, plus expanded 400-space car park, cycle…

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