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Heritage Railway Issue 271

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in this issue

3 min.
the future is now in their hands

OVER the decades I have watched many miracles being slowly but surely achieved against the odds in the heritage sector. During the past five months, it seems that we have witnessed a lightning-speed replay of similarly astonishing feats, as railway staff and volunteers alike got to grips with the impact of a hidden enemy that even the powers that be still do not appear to fully understand, and made their lines as safe as possible so trains can run again. From the Fifties and Sixties onwards, much of the remarkable progress was down to the eagerness of young volunteers to give their spare time free of charge - enthusiasts that were prepared to travel regularly to the Talyllyn and Ffestiniog railways, the students that formed the mainstay of the Middleton and…

4 min.
three englands running in wales for the first time in 85 years!

FOR the first time since 1935 - the year in which Elvis Presley was born and LNER streamlined A4 Pacific No. 2509 Silver Link entered service - a seminal moment in the heritage era saw three George England 0-4-0STTs in steam together on the Ffestiniog Railway. Friday, August 21, saw small Eng lands No. 2 Prince and No. 4 Palmerston line up with large England No. 5 Welsh Pony- an example of a class which has never run in the heritage era - in the yard at Boston Lodge Works. Back in 1935 - also the year in which the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway closed, seemingly forever - at the FR, with the declining slate industry, anyone would be forgiven for thinking that there was only one fate that would meet the…

2 min.
lottery £250k safeguards ffestiniog and its historic buildings scheme

THE Ffestiniog &Welsh Highland Railways has been awarded £250,000 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF} to compensate towards the financial losses suffered during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The railway was compelled to suspend operations on March 27, the start of the peak season, to comply with lockdown measures imposed by the Welsh Government. Services eventually recommenced on the Ffestiniog on July 20, and on the Welsh Highland Railway on August 18 (see News, pages 28-29, but at greatly reduced capacity due to carriages having to be adapted and passenger numbers limited due to social distancing guidelines. These restrictions clearly limit the revenue that can be generated at the current time. The grant from the NLHF's Heritage Emergency Fund will allow the railway to continue to maintain its heritage buildings, work which had…

2 min.
bahamas group's £61. sk lottery win ahead of watercress line gala visit

THE Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) has been handed a £61,500 grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Heritage Emergency Fund grant will help the BLS recover from the impact that the Covid-19 lockdown has had on its operations at Ing row, where all its staff had to be furloughed as a result of the forced closure of its accredited museum. The lockdown led to the suspension of all the educational initiatives based in the Learning Coach at Ing row West, which was an integral element ofthe £776,000 Lottery grant awarded to the society in 2013 which also enabled its LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 No. 45596 Bahamas to be restored to main line condition. The grant will also help the charity to restart all its income-generating activities. One of its first uses has been…

1 min.
bequeathed models aid welsh pool & llanfair light railway after £132kraised under the hammer

THE Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway's (WLLR) Tracks to Recovery Covid-19 appeal has been boosted by £132,000, thanks to the sale proceeds from the Kenneth Abbott collection of live steam and electric models. As reported in issue 269, Kenneth, who was known as Mike, died last year aged 89, and bequeathed his model collection to the WLLR. Among the 229 lots, all of which sold at prices up to £5500, were ?¼in gauge models that were his pride and joy. Kenneth ran them on his garden railway at his home in Wigston, near Leicester. The models were snapped up by enthusiasts and collectors on August 18 at an auction in Market Harborough. Andrew Smith, model railway specialist at Gildings, the auction house that put the collection under the hammer, said:"We are…

3 min.
'lightning' public response to bo'ness & kinneil landslip devastation sos

AN almost-instant public response to a £100,000 emergency appeal after severe thunderstorms caused multiple landslips along the Bdness & Kinneil Railway {BKR) raised 85% of its target within just two weeks. The Scottish Railway Preservation Society {SRPS) launched its Emergency Landslide Appeal immediately after a mile of track between Bo'ness and Manuel sustained extensive damage in the storms, which battered much of Scotland on August 11/12, leaving the line unable to run passenger trains until the damage is repaired. An SRPS statement said: "The worst of the landslips has occurred on a steep embankment near High Bridge. A geo-structural engineer inspected the site and the society subsequently estimated that the damage may cost £100,000 to repair. Resources "It is not something that can be done by the society's volunteers, who make up a huge…