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Issue 258

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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shining brighter lights in the heart of santa special season

MUCH of the phenomenal success of our heritage railway sector is down to inspiration and innovation way beyond the call of normal duty. Marvels have been worked by volunteers with the restoration and reopening of lines big and small on which steam and classic diesel-hauled trains can be run, but the movement has long since moved on streets ahead of that commendable goal. Offering a‘simple’steam trip from A to B is for many visitors no longer the novelty that it may have been half a century ago, and while they in most cases will never please the diehard puritan enthusiast market, the core reason why heritage railways exist, it is the rich variety of add-on attractions with wider family appeal that provide much of the funds to keep them running. Santa specials…

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EDITORIAL Editor Robin Jones 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 Printing William Gibbons & Sons, Wolverhampton MORTONS MEDIA GROUP LTD Circulation manager Steve O’Hara Marketing manager Charlotte Park Subscription manager Paul Deacon Commercial director Nigel Hole Publishing director Dan Savage ARCHIVE Enquiries Jane Skayman 01507 529423 jskayman@mortons.co.uk…

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immediate success for new taunton shuttles

THE first main line DMU summer shuttles linking Taunton to the West Somerset Railway (WSR) have proved a resounding success, figures have shown. Modern-day operator Great Western Railway’s pioneering Taunton to Bishops Lydeard shuttles started on July 27 (see News, pages 26 and 27) and data from that day and the Saturdays of August 3 and 17 showed that more than 1000 people travelled on them, many coming from hundreds of miles away for the historic rides. Patronage West Somerset Steam Railway Trust chairman Chris Austin, who has been leading the Taunton shuttle project on behalf of WSR plc, said:“The first trial shuttle trains run jointly by Great Western Railway and the WSR have seen visitors flocking to West Somerset and Minehead from around the country. “The new shuttles have brought rail visitors from…

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luggage and goods theme at wsr gala

THE West Somerset Railway’s October 3-6 autumn steam gala will focus on the carriage of parcels, luggage and light goods passenger services between rural stations. Scenes once commonplace at country stations, especially on classic seaside routes like the Minehead branch, which saw passengers’ luggage arrive in advance and local produce loaded onto passenger trains, with porters seen wheeling trolleys of goods and parcels around stations in anticipation of the next arrival, are to be recreated during the event. The first visiting locomotive for the gala will be a former resident, GWR 0-6-0PT No. 6412, the star of in the 1970s TV series ‘The Flockton Flyer’that was filmed on the line, and which was later sold to current owner the South Devon Railway because the WSR needed more powerful locomotives. Negotiations are underway for…

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council: telford line is running too often

A PLANNING contravention notice has been served on the Telford Steam Railway (TSR) after local residents complained that the line was running outside permitted hours. A residents group, Horsehay & Doseley Residents concerned about the TSR, which has been set up on Facebook, now has more than 100 members. Previous planning consents came with conditions limiting the number of days that the line could operate each year, and the daily running times. A Telford and Wrekin Council spokesman said that the local authority has received complaints from residents that the line is operating outside of its planning consents. A planning contravention notice served on August 12, requires the railway to provide within 21 days information detailing the number, dates and times of trains that have operated so far in 2019, before any decision of…

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fifth original carriage at lynton & barnstaple

THE Lynton & Barnstaple Railway has added a fifth vehicle to its award-winning rake of rebuilt original coaches. Coach No. 5 arrived at Woody Bay on August 14 and was placed in the shed where it will have couplings and vacuum brake gear fitted. It will make its debut in traffic at the line’s September 28-29 autumn steam gala – which will feature both replica original L&B locomotives. The Welsh Highland & Ffestiniog Railways will again be sending Manning Wardle replica 2-6-2T Lyd to meet up with replica Baldwin 2-4-2T Ly n. It will be the biggest display of L&B engines and stock in service since the line closed in 1936. No. 5 (Southern Railway No. 6364) was purpose-built for the L&B by the Bristol Wagon & Carriage Company in 1897. A composite…