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  • New cylinders delivered for Gloucs-Warks’ No. 3850

    New cylinders delivered for Gloucs-Warks’ No. 3850

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    THE new cylinders for ex-GWR ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3850 were delivered to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on December 6 following machining by Roach Precision of Brierley Hill. The delivery followed the arrival of the new front-end extension frames in mid-September, which had also been completed by the Brierley Hill firm.  Having the cylinders on site will…

  • New Year curtain call for Gloucs-Warks 2807

    New Year curtain call for Gloucs-Warks 2807

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    CHURCHWARD ‘28XX’ 2-8-0 No. 2807 will work the last trains of its current 10-year boiler certificate at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on December 31-January 1. No. 2807’s ‘ticket’ expires on March 10, but the 1905-built veteran will be withdrawn on January 2 to enable work on its overhaul to begin.  The loco’s owning group Cotswold…

  • Twin 4-6-0s for Quainton Road   as ‘Owsden’ moves from Swindon

    Twin 4-6-0s for Quainton Road as ‘Owsden’ moves from Swindon

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    BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Railway Centre (BRC) is the official home to a pair of Hawksworth ‘Modified Hall’ 4-6-0s after adding semi-restored No. 6984 Owsden Hall to its list of resident locos.  The surprise news that owner Trevor Westbury was transferring No. 6984 from the Swindon & Cricklade Railway (S&CR) to Quainton was announced in mid-November, with the…

  • 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 &…

  • Churchward No. 4270 marks its centenary at   Gloucs-Warks line as Foremarke Hall turns 70

    Churchward No. 4270 marks its centenary at Gloucs-Warks line as Foremarke Hall turns 70

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    JEREMY Hosking’s Churchward ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T No. 4270 celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) over the weekend of September 14-15.  There was no telegram from HM Queen for this particular centenary, but the GWSR acknowledged the milestone with the production of a special headboard, which the heavy freight tank carried all weekend. The…

  • Churnet Valley’s ‘S160’ steps in to cover Dartmouth steam shortage

    Churnet Valley’s ‘S160’ steps in to cover Dartmouth steam shortage

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    CHURNET Valley Railway-based ‘S160’ No. 6046 has followed in the tracks of its Batt Holden Ltd stablemate No. 5197 by going on hire to the Dartmouth Steam Railway in May.  The 2-8-0, seen here at Waterside with the 14.15 service from Paignton to Kingswear on May 30, was brought in to cover a shortage of power following…

  • Enhanced diesel loco services on West Somerset

    Enhanced diesel loco services on West Somerset

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    CLASS 37 No. D6948 arrived at the West Somerset Railway (WSR) on April 29 for a two-month visit.  The privately owned loco is in the care of the Growler Group, based at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The blue-route loco is helping with WSR timetable services during the weight restriction period, and worked several days…

  • 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…

  • ‘Foremarke’ joins ‘Saint’ at Didcot mini-gala

    ‘Foremarke’ joins ‘Saint’ at Didcot mini-gala

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    HAWKSWORTH ‘Modified Hall’ No. 7903 Foremarke Hall will make a rare visit away from its Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway home on June 7-9 in order to appear alongside ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend at Didcot Railway Centre’s Hall & Saint Gala.  The two locomotives, which represent both ends of GWR 4-6-0 development, will be in steam together…

  • Lottery grant for GWR 2-8-0 heavy freight No. 2874

    Lottery grant for GWR 2-8-0 heavy freight No. 2874

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    The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £57,400 towards the restoration.

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