Swanage Railway suspends Wareham services until DMUs are ready; RAIB issues maintenance warnings after toddler falls through hole in a coach toilet floor; Didcot’s blue King may not run on the main line, and the day classic cars rode up the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway.
Broadway extension progressing in leaps and bounds towards March 30 opening; first components for new Gresley V4 arrive; VIP opening as historic signalbox gets new lease of life at Amberley; plans for a fourth tourist line in South Devon by 2020; National Railway Museum upgrade moves towards final blueprint; thieves steal irreplaceable Australian loco parts and return for more; Severn Valley raises £10K in a week for vandalised coaches; Oswestry revival £120K boost; St Austell footbridge may go to Bala Lake; and after 135 years, a railway spans the Great Glen.
Main Line News
Vintage Trains season on hold; Government orders regular trains to Okehampton; Mayflower nearly ready; Clan Line Cornwall first and Flying Scotsman summer programme.
With Full Regulator
Don Benn reports on steam over Shap and in Kent.
Geoff Courtney’s regular column.
The crimson ‘Crab’ on the Great Central by Brian Sharpe.
Main Line Itinerary
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.
Where your views matter most.
Up & Running
Guide to railways running in early 2018.
The Month Ahead
Steam across the High Peak
Brian Sharpe recounts the story of steam’s return to one of Britain’s most popular tourist areas 50 years after BR retired its last six steam engines in the region.
‘Big Four’ liveries steal show at GCR gala
The Great Central Railway’s January 26-28 winter steam gala proved a resounding success, thanks to the appearance of two guests in ‘Big Four’ colours – B12 No. 8572 in LNER apple green and LMS ‘Crab’No. 13065 in crimson lake, writes Robin Jones.
Make tracks for Bellingham
Many villages have heritage centres, often sited at their long-closed railway stations. Hugh Dougherty visits a village heritage centre that demonstrates how it should be done.
Steaming back to strength
Threatened with closure almost 10 years ago, Gareth Evans finds that the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway is bouncing back, enhancing its offering with additional attractions and locomotive projects, as well as planning its next 50 years.
Expectations have always been high that major infrastructure work and other repairs and improvements will take place on heritage railways and centres during the winter months. But the popularity of such events as Santa Specials has given less time for the work to take place, as Peter Brown found when beginning this exclusive survey just before Christmas 2017.
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