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Heritage Railway

Issue 264

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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Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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In this issue

3 min.
showcasing the finest fruits of our endless endeavours on stage

THE annual Heritage Railway Association awards evening is the sector’s equivalent of the Oscars, and much more besides. It is a celebration not only of the best achievements of the past year, but it lets the public know the extent to which the movement continues to achieve against many odds, and again there is much to celebrate this year. While steam remains the predominant image of the railway preservation movement, and is likely to do so in perpetuity, the Annual Awards (Large Groups) this year went to the Volks Electric Railway Association, which supports one of Britain’s most overlooked national treasures. To the untrained eye, the Volks Electric Railway is merely a people carrier along the shoreline of a premier south coast resort. But, as the world’s oldest electric railway still operating,…

1 min.
heritage railway

EDITORIAL Editor Robin Jones rjones@mortons.co.uk Deputy editor Gareth Evans gevans@mortons.co.uk Senior contributing writers Geoff Courtney, Cedric Johns, Brian Sharpe Contributors Fred Kerr, Roger Melton Designer Tim Pipes 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…

7 min.
dazzling success for dartmouth at packed heritage awards gala

THE Dartmouth Steam Railway, which developed and introduced the illuminated Christmas trains concept to the UK market, has scooped a new top honour in the Heritage Railway Association’s 2020 Awards. For its second Train of Lights season, the railway spent more than £100,000 on its lineside lighting displays, over and above the cost of illuminating its locomotive and carriages with strings of lights. The efforts and cost produced sizeable rewards: the season was again a sell-out with 22,491 passengers travelling. Several other major heritage lines staged similar illuminated services in the recent festive season and also reaped financial dividends, making a further significant contribution to local tourist economies outside the main season. At the annual awards presentation evening on February 8, held at the Burlington Hotel near Birmingham New Street station, the Dartmouth…

1 min.
new chairman for lms-patriot

THE LMS-Patriot Company has appointed Colin Hall as its chairman at its January 25 board meeting. Colin, who became a director in December, had a career with British Rail, Railtrack and Network Rail, spanning a wide range of operations and general management positions through to a senior level. His experience included a three-year spell managing new rail vehicle approvals for Railtrack, relevant to the challenge of seeing No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior successfully on to the main line. The board has also appointed Ricardo Rail of Derby as the assessment party for the main line operation of the new Patriot, providing independent assurance. Ricardo Rail is the only accredited assessment body for main line steam operation.…

2 min.
moorsline sells its ‘black five’

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway has sold its LMS‘Black Five’4-6-0 No. 44806 to long-time benefactor Peter Best. No. 44806 was acquired from the daughter of Kenneth Aldcroft in 2013 when it was based at the Llangollen Railway. It was purchased by another NYMR benefactor for the line, but he retained a part share in the locomotive and has approved the new deal that will see ownership pass to Peter Best. No. 44806 will be dismantled at Grosmont and the boiler sent to an NYMR-approved contractor while the frames are overhauled at another off-railway site, probably by Peter’s team that completed the rebuild of Peter’s USATC S160 2-8-0 No. 2253 Omaha last year. The ‘Black Five’ is expected to return to service in 2024, running on a hire agreement with the NYMR, and will…

3 min.
pacer revolution is gathering pace

NORTHERN will soon be no more as a Train Operating Company, after the Department of Transport announced it will run the franchise itself from March 1 in the wake of mounting criticisms of its performance and reliability and over the years, part of the public criticism has been over the use of Pacer units. However, the heritage sector is now welcoming the withdrawal of ‘buses on rails’ Pacers seemingly with open arms, as several have just found new homes on preserved lines and more are set to follow. As reported last issue, the first heritage line to receive a Pacer was the Chasewater Railway – which has now taken two more Class 142 two-car sets from Angel Trains. No. 142030 was delivered by road on January 6-7, and No. 142027, obtained as a…