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Issue 285

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Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
railway heritage is there for all to benefit

I was delighted to attend the delayed official opening ceremony for Doncaster’s new Rail Heritage Centre in Danum Gallery, Library and Museum and inspect the exhibits, many of which are on public display for the first time. As reported in Headline News, pages 6 and 7, the current centrepieces of the museum are Doncaster-builtV2 GreenArrow and C1 Atlantic No. 251, but finally we now have a chance to view unseen items from the legendary Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection. However, what impressed me most was the huge degree of civic pride rightly being shown in the town’s world-shaping railway history by the leaders of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, which begged the question – why was such a museum not set up long ago? For me, the idea of Doncaster, which derived much…

4 min
new showpiece doncaster museum now officially open

As reported in issue 281, the centre – located in the new Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, with LNER V2 2-6-2 No. 4771 Green Arrow and GNR C1 Atlantic 4-4-2 No. 251 as the current star exhibits – opened its doors to the public on May 29. However, Doncaster Council, the Trustees of the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and the National Railway Museum opted for a formal ceremony now that national Covid restrictions have been lifted. The centre showcases the importance of the rail industry to Doncaster and the pivotal role that the town and its world-famous plant have played in world transport history. The centre also displays more than 500 items of railwayana and memorabilia from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection, many on show for the first time. It will…

2 min
camelot steams again in preparation for bluebell ‘giants of steam’ gala

BR Standard 5MT No. 73082 Camelot has steamed again at the Bluebell Railway following overhaul. The Riddles 4-6-0 underwent a successful steam test, to its full boiler pressure of 225psi, at Sheffield Park on September 15, giving it a new 10-year boiler certificate. Test runs were expected to take place on September 23, and the engine is due to run at the line’s Giants of Steam gala on October 8-10. The ‘Standard Arthur’ went into the works at the start of this year with a leaking firebox foundation ring, but the opportunity was taken to carry out additional boiler work in order to gain a fresh ticket, as well as mechanical maintenance on the locomotive’s bottom end. Many of the boiler fittings have been refurbished, including the valve for the chime whistle. Peter…

2 min
swanage to run wareham services for 90 days in 2022

THE Swanage Railway is preparing for the introduction of a second one-year selected days passenger train service between Swanage and Wareham, where a connection will be made with South Western Railway main line services. Subject to a satisfactory business case, the line intends to initially operate the new Wareham service over 90 days between April and October 2022 using its DMUs, which have been overhauled to main line condition thanks to a grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. This grant has also enabled essential work on upgrading the track and infrastructure between its existing limit of passenger operation at Norden park-and-ride station and the junction with Network Rail’s London to Weymouth line, near Wareham. The Project Wareham three-car Class 117 DMU was used for the first time on a Norden to Corfe…

2 min
overhaul of taff vale no. 28 can begin as first funding landmark is reached

THE first fundraising milestone has been reached to enable the overhaul and eventual return to steam of Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T No. 28 – the last surviving Welsh-built standard gauge steam locomotive – at the Gwili Railway. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the first £32,000 towards the engine’s overhaul has been raised by the Gwili Vintage Carriage Group. A grant of £18,250 from the Association for Industrial Archaeology has been backed by public donations. The funding will enable the first sections of the engine’s frames and motion to receive essential repair work and will also enable the boiler to be lifted and inspected. The condition of the boiler will determine the remaining cost and timescale for the project, but the overall cost is expected to reach £160,000. The boiler inspection and the first phase…

1 min
wight tube duo prepare for south wales ‘first’

WALES is soon to get its first two London Underground trains. The two tube train sets – Nos. 483006 and 483008, which were delivered to the Underground in 1940 and latterly saw service on the Isle of Wight’s Island Line as BR Class 483 – were acquired by the London Transport Traction Group following their withdrawal. The group has now reached agreement with the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway at Cynheidre for the sets to be based there, and will deliver them in the coming months. While No. 483008 requires significant work to make it accessible to the public, it is hoped that No. 483006, which formed the last Class 483 service on January 3, may be opened for inspection by visitors soon after its arrival. It is believed that this will…