• Test run paves way for Heathrow construction railhead

    Test run paves way for Heathrow construction railhead



    Thorney Hill aggregates terminal, on the Colnbrook branch, saw its first train for six years on June 21.  GB Railfreight (GBRf) operated a test train into the reactivated facility, which is three miles to the north of Heathrow, and close to the site of the planned third runway.  Class 66 No. 66775 HMS Argyll hauled…

  • Return of the Brighton Belle

    Return of the Brighton Belle



    Restoring a 1930s all-electric Pullman train for use on the mainline is a project where the 5BEL Trust has faced and overcome numerous challenges. With the luxury train now being prepared for testing, Andy Coward brings us up-to-date with this ambitious restoration. Work on the restoration of four ‘Brighton Belle’ coaches is nearing completion, as…

  • Shirebrook diesel depot

    Shirebrook diesel depot



    Robin Stewart-Smith remembers the busy Nottinghamshire motive power depot which, in its heyday, provided locos for many coal trains emanating from local collieries. SHIREBROOK Diesel Depot officially opened in June 1965 as a new-build ‘running shed’ resulting from the BR’s Modernisation Plans. It was ideally placed to service the diesel locomotive fleet that worked the…

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