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Heritage Railway Issue 265

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in this issue

3 min.
brighter future for the shakespeare line

IN recent weeks the future of the High Speed 2 rail link has, understandably, been in the spotlight, not least for the controversy it continues to generate. However, here in the heritage sector, fresh focus is now being directed at the last major trunk route built in the steam era, the GWR’s line from Birmingham to Cheltenham via Stratford-upon-Avon, which opened in 1908 as part of a new route from the industrial West Midlands to South Wales, avoiding the Lickey Incline. Coming at the start of the age of motor transport, there would not be another like it until the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, High Speed 1, opened on November 14, 2007. The northernmost section, the North Warwickshire Line from Tyseley to Stratford, is one of the greatest of all Beeching escapees,…

2 min.
‘somerset & dorset’ moves to cotswolds

THE award-winning Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s (G/WR) 2020 Cotswold Festival of Steam – sponsored by Heritage Railway publisher Mortons Media Group Ltd – will have the theme of ‘Somerset & Dorset Remembered.’ Two locomotives with a ‘S&D’ pedigree have already been booked for the showpiece May 23-25 spring bank holiday weekend which will see at least eight engines in steam. Southern Locomotives Ltd and the Swanage Railway will be sending Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific No. 34072 257 Squadron for its first-ever visit to the line. Although the Brighton, 1948-built locomotive is not believed to have worked over the S&D, sister members of the class were indeed a familiar sight over the legendary trans-Mendip route. The second S&D guest is at the opposite end of the scale, in the form of the quirky 1927-built Sentinel…

1 min.
bluebell’s 60th anniversary year to be‘busiest-ever’

THE Bluebell Railway is set to run its most intensive-ever timetable during its August 7-9 Steaming Through 60 weekend of celebrations, to mark 60 years of operation. Robert Hayward, chairman of the line’s diamond anniversary steering group, said: “There will be six trains operating on each of the three days so that during the middle of the day, three services will run between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes and three services will take passengers between East Grinstead and Horsted Keynes. “There will be a train every 40 minutes from every station on the line. Now that’s something the founders of the Bluebell Railway could only ever have dreamed about when the first trains ran on the reopened line in 1960 and it’s certainly far more than before the line was closed by…

3 min.
ride the ‘shakespeare express’ with us!

SUNDAY, April 5, marks the start of a new chapter in Vintage Trains’‘Shakespeare Express’trips from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon. The day will see the first ‘Shakespeare Express’ trips that Vintage Trains has run since Network Rail transferred the relevant paths back to the Tyseley-based Train Operating Company. Network Rail’s decision means that Vintage Trains is able to run trains in these paths any Sunday of the year. Two round trips are scheduled to run twice on Sundays from July 19 until September 6. 2020 season launch The ‘Shakespeare Express’ starts from Birmingham Snow Hill and picks up at Birmingham Moor Street, Tyseley main line station (free parking on request at Tyseley Locomotive Works) and runs via the North Warwickshire Line passing through Henley-in-Arden to Stratford-upon-Avon. The northbound journey is made via the Bearley Junction to…

2 min.
in brief

➜ The Deltic Preservation Society’s Class 55 No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier will be tyre turned on the lathe at Freightliner’s Midland Road depot in Leeds. A cavitation was found on No. 5 wheelset and it is deemed necessary to turn the tyre to eradicate the fault, prior to its planned visits to heritage lines. The Deltic is due to move there on March 16, probably behind West Coast Railways’ Class 31 No. 31128. ➜ SIX home-based steam locomotives, one diesel and unique NER petrol-electric railcar No. 3170 will feature on the Great Central Railway’s March 28/29 Goods Galore gala. Running alongside passenger trains will be five freight sets and a parcels train, with shunting and turntable demonstrations. ➜ THE Nene Valley Railway has restored its Eastern Region semaphore signal, recovered from…

2 min.
spa valley steam ferries passengers from stricken uckfield line

AN emergency closure of Network Rail’s Uckfield line caused by a landslip during the weekend of February 29-March 1 saw the Spa Valley Railway step into the breach. Network Rail engineers took emergency action to shore up a damaged section of the Uckfield line that resulted in its partial closure. A 32-yard section of embankment just outside Edenbridge, which had been built in Victorian times from Wealden clay, began to slip following storms Ciara and Dennis. Trains were able to continue to run with speed restrictions but urgent work was needed to stop the line from being blocked completely. Engineers built a steel wall over the weekend to hold the railway in place so it could reopen for business on Monday morning, with further work continuing while trains run. Network Rail’s route director for…