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Issue 254

Heritage Railway is the definitive news source for the UK heritage railway scene. With its extensive network of contacts, Heritage Railway brings you amazing exclusives every month - along with features, stunning imagery, gala reports and much more.

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we are all in this together

IN recent months, we have covered extensively the impending crisis at the West Somerset Railway and the rapid steps that are being taken to right the ship. We all know that the West Somerset is a magnificent heritage railway, and there is every reason why it should continue to be so, but it appears that for too long, aspects of it have been taken for granted.As soon as the problems were properly identified, along with the help of the Office of Rail and Road, sweeping changes have had to be made.For example, a brave decision was taken to close the line for three months while a major new infrastructure plan was developed and implemented, even though this meant the loss of the spring steam gala.An audit was carried out…

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heritage railway

EDITORIAL Editor Robin Jones 01507 529305 rjones@mor tons.co.uk Deputy editor Gareth Evans gevans@mor tons.co.uk Senior contributing writers Geoff Courtney, Cedric Johns, Brian Sharpe Contributors Fred Kerr, Roger Melton Designer Tim Pipes Reprographics Paul Fincham, Jonathan Schofield Production editor Sarah Wilkinson Publisher Tim Hartley Editorial address Heritage Railway magazine, Mortons Media Ltd, PO Box 99, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6LZ Website www.heritagerailway.co.uk ADVERTISING Advertising representative RebeccaStorr 01507529310 rkstorr@mortons.co.uk Divisional advertising manager Sue Keily skeily@mortons.co.uk CUSTOMER SERVICES General Queries & Back Issues 01507 529529 Monday-Friday 8.30am-6pm Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Answerphone 24H help@classicmagazines.co.uk www.classicmagazines.co.uk DISTRIBUTION & PRINTING Distribution Marketforce UK Ltd 5 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf London, E14 5HU 0203 787 9001 Printing William Gibbons & Sons, Wolverhampton MORTONS MEDIA GROUP LTD Circulation manager Steve O’Hara Marketing manager Charlotte Park Subscription manager Paul…

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west somerset railway gets taunton link 40 years on

TRIAL DMU weekend services are to link the West Somerset Railway’s southern terminus of Bishops Lydeard with Taunton this summer.Main line operator Great Western Railway (GWR) has awarded £60,000 from its Customer and Communities Improvement Fund for the Exmoor Gateway project, which is intended to link the national rail network at Taunton to the heritage line’s services at Bishops Lydeard.West Somerset Railway chairman Jon Jones-Pratt said: “We welcome the chance to work with our colleagues on GWR to bring more visitors to this lovely part of Somerset, and to enjoy the sight and sound of steam trains to the seaside.“What better way to start a holiday or have a great day out?”Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow said: “Linking Taunton railway station to the West Somerset Railway makes perfect sense.…

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us big boy steaming again after 60 years

The final essential tests are being conducted on No. 4014 at Union Pacific’s Steam Shop in Cheyenne on April 27. AS we closed for press, the Union Pacific Steam Team was making final preparations for the May 4 relaunch of Big Boy articulated 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The relaunch follows a five-year restoration to running order for the Spike 150 celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the UStranscontinental railroad.A final steam blow on the evening of Saturday, April 29, cleared out No. 4014’s throttle header and the associated high pressure steam lines.It was planned that UP’s ‘Living Legend’ – FEF-3 4-8-4 No. 844 would double-head with No. 4014 from Cheyenne to Ogden on May 4 after Big Boy’s 9.30am ‘christening’ ceremony.Union Pacific…

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gcr waiting to hear if nrm’s o4 and oliver cromwell overhauls can start

THE Great Central Railway is waiting to hear whether its bids to overhaul two National Collection locomotives are successful. As we closed for press, officials were negotiating a draft contract from the National Railway Museum on the line’s proposals to overhaul both BR Britannia Pacific No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, in its case back to main line operating standards, and GCR O4 (8K) 2-8-0 No. 63601. A ‘rival’ bid by No. 70013’s long-term custodian the 5305 Locomotive Association, to resume custody of the locomotive, failed because of concerns over funding and the location. In April, an exploratory examination of No. 70013, involving staff from both bodies took place in a bid to ascertain the extent of the 10-year overhaul that is needed, prior to the NRM giving…

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autocar takes its first heritage fares at embsay

NER autocar No. 3170 arrives at Bolton Abbey for its first public service run on April 18. AWARD-WINNING NER petrol-electric autocar No. 3170 has carried its first fare-paying passengers since it was rebuilt.The historical run by the 1903-built vehicle now acknowledged as the world’s first internal combustion-powered passenger train, was made on Thursday, April 18, with the 10.30am from Bolton Abbey station on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.The autocar made several runs the day before – but with the aid of a diesel after technical problems were encountered.After working on the problem overnight, the autocar ran the first trip on its own for the first time as a fare-paying service the following morning.Project founder Steve Middleton gave a short introductory talk on board about the autocar…