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Issue 252

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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20 years of blinding progress!

THIS issue marks the end of the 20th year of Heritage Railway, coming two issues after our landmark 250th edition, and one before our actual 20th anniversary. It seems like yesterday that we launched what we hoped would be a fresh, unfettered, modern outlook on the preservation scene, and not only were we welcomed by the railways and public alike from the outset, but over the years we have made many lifelong friends along the way. I must extend an immense debt of gratitude to each and every one of our contributors who, more than anyone, have made us what we are today. In this issue we include a free 32-page booklet celebrating our first two decades and outlining some (I repeat, only ‘some’) of the many brilliant adventures…

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west somerset rescued from the brink of collapse

THE West Somerset Railway has been saved from closure by a whisker – after failures were found in its finances, infrastructure and safety systems.In an open and frank meeting, 320 supporters gathered at the Oake Manor Golf Club, Wellington, Somerset on March 2 to hear firsthand of the plc’s dire position, as well as the action plan which is now in full swing to recover one of the UK’s popular heritage lines.Representatives were present from the WSR plc and its supporting bodies, the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) and West Somerset Steam Railway Trust.Providing a taste of what was to come, Jonathan Jones-Pratt, who became plc chairman in September 2018, said: “March 2 is an important day for the railway – to bring honesty to the table – where…

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two barry locomotives return in one weekend!

PRESERVATION history was made over the weekend of March 2/3 when two steam locomotives that have been restored to working order from Barry scrapyard condition were officially launched into traffic.It took a total of 77 years for BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80097 and WR 4-6-0 Modified Hall No. 6989 Wightwick Hall to be rebuilt to running order. The proud restoration team alongside No. 80097 which they made the 149th ex-Barry locomotive to return to steam: left to right are Phil Council, Chris Bodell, Keith Savory (project founder member), Allan Schofield (Chief Mechanical Engineer), Derek Broadbent, Hugh Linney, Phil Spendlove (Bury Standard 4 Group chairman), Alan Spencer and Harry Taylor. All are Bury Standard 4 Group working members. At 10am on March 2, the end of 33 years…

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new cab roof for mid-hants 4mt no. 80150

THE Friends of 80150, the group set up in late 2016 with the aim of conserving and restoring Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society-owned BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80150, has reached a milestone – with the acquisition of components for a new cab roof.Acquired from the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2011, which owned it as part of the ‘Barry 10’, the last group of the 213 locomotives saved from Dai Woodham’s scrapyard, the 2-6-4T currently resides in a siding at Alresford station. Volunteers from the Friends of 80150 have been carefully removing components for remanufacture and also raising funds for the locomotive’s eventual rebuild by donations and the sale of merchandise and donated items at MHR events. Recent progress The cab roof was delivered to Ropley Works on…

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pannier sale post removed

THE family of the late Dennis Howells MBE, owner of WR 0-6-0PT No. 9466, demanded that an unauthorised post on social media claiming that it was on sale for £800,000 was removed. The post, made after No. 9466 ran at the March 3 No. 6989 Wightwick Hall launch (above), was quickly taken down. The family also thanked West Coast Railways chairman David Smith for the “fantastic” support for the October 20 memorial train, which saw money raised for St Luke’s Hospice exceed the £5000 target. …

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duke of gloucester to be ‘steaming in september’

A STEAMING target has been set for unique 4-6-2 No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester, following discussions held between BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust management and Tyseley’s recently appointed works manager Alistair Meanley,With the Duke’s overhaul progressing to schedule, it has been agreed that it will steam during Tyseley’s September 29/30 open weekend.Much of the engine’s progress is down to volunteers headed by Dave Oliver and John Attridge, who lead teams of upwards of 30 on alternate Saturdays at Tyseley.Between them, the teams free Tyseley’s engineering staff from working on ‘small jobs’ such as stripping and repainting the Duke’s frames, leaving full-time personnel to concentrate on serious aspects of the overhaul.Volunteers have also worked on the Duke’s Mk.2 support coach by fitting out a revised interior, including providing kitchen facilities…