Washwood Heath

  • ‘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…

  • Former Alstom factory reduced to rubble at Washwood Heath

    Former Alstom factory reduced to rubble at Washwood Heath

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    DEMOLITION of the former Alstom factory at Washwood Heath began in late-February. The site was previously used by Metro-Cammell, and was where the majority of Virgin ‘Pendolino’ trains were completed.  Redevelopment of the site – located at the centre of the HS2 network – is in excess of 110,000 sq m, and will permit the…

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