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Heritage Railway

Heritage Railway

Issue 263

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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3 min.
crucial lesson for all heritage lines

NOT only has the UK experienced a mild winter but it has also been deluged by periods of freak rainfall, and over the festive season I noticed new leaves sprouting on several species of plants around the garden that would normally lie dormant until late March. At the same time, world leaders are generating headlines through their apparently lukewarm stance towards climate change. “Enthusiasm and sheer passion for railways can never be enough – difficult business decisions need to be taken...” However, positive signs of early green shoots which are more than welcome appeared at the meeting of West Somerset Railway shareholders before Christmas. After a loss of more than £800,000 in the previous financial year, early indications are that following drastic measures taken in time to remedy a dire situation, one…

1 min.
heritage railway

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 ADVERTISING Advertising representatives Simon Meyer smeyer@mortons.co.uk 01507 529310 Group advertising manager Sue Keily skeily@mor tons.co.uk DISTRIBUTION & PRINTING 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…

4 min.
two heritage railways are on the market

THE Dartmoor and Weardale railways have been offered for sale by their owner British American Railway Services (BARS). The company, a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holidays, which went into receivership last year, has also placed locomotive spot hire company RMS Locotec on the market. Iowa Pacific CEO Ed Ellis told Heritage Railway as we closed for press: “During the past 11 years, Iowa Pacific supported BARS financially. I made the decision to put Iowa Pacific into receivership last fall and concluded that it’s time to find new owners for the assets of BARS. “Unlike in the US, very few operating railways are bought and sold in the UK, so it’s not really possible to name a price, but the market will shortly answer that question.” The 18-mile freight-only surviving section of the Weardale branch…

1 min.
in brief

➜ THE Yorkshire Wolds Railway marked the doubling of its 300ft line at Fimber Halt neat Wetwang on January 4 by running its GEC Traction 165hp 0-4-0DH No. 5576 of 1979 Sir Tatton Sykes on a low-speed test run over the newly-connected extension. The completion of the extension included the installation of railway gate posts donated by an East Riding farmer. The new track was awaiting ballasting as this issue went to press. ➜ KEIGHLEY & Worth Valley Railway-based 1899-built Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T No. 85 is to star in the Bluebell Railway’s April 3-5 Branch Line Weekend. ➜ THE restoration of Peckett W6 Special 0-4-0ST No. 1935 of 1937 Hornet is expected to be completed in time for the Ribble Steam Railway’s March 28-29 spring gala. The former Black Park…

1 min.
deltic to debut on chinnor branch at march diesel gala

A CLASS 55 Deltic will be visiting the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway for the first time when it holds its March 27-29 diesel gala. The Deltic Preservation Society’s No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier will also be taking part in driver experience courses on March 24-25. The other guest locomotive will be Ian Mandley’s Class 33 No. 33201 from the Spa Valley Railway. The pair will run alongside the home fleet of Nos. 97205, 37227 and 08825/97808. Cab rides will be offered on each service of an intensive timetable, and there will be brake van rides behind the Network South East liveried No. 08825/97808 hauling the Shark brake van running up Risborough South Siding 1 between departures and arrivals at Princes Risborough. Trains will be calling at platform four at Princes Risborough for connection with…

1 min.
when the gwr took over a lnwr and midland joint line

THE Battlefield Line followed up its 50th anniversary celebration in 2019 by not only staging its first-ever winter steam gala on January 4-5, but it had three locomotives from the Swindon empire providing the mainstay of traffic. WR 4-6-0 No. 6989 Wightwick Hall, from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, where last year it became the 150th out of 213 locomotives saved from Barry scrapyard for heritage purposes to re-steam, was joined by South Devon Railway-based GWR 2-6-2Ts No. 5542 and a late arrival, No 5526. Trains were well patronised and the event provided a superb launch pad for the 2020 season, which will see more trains thanks to a new passing loop at Market Bosworth.…