Archive for category: Heritage

A legacy for hope: Sierra Leone’s National Railway Museum

Devastated by more than a decade of civil war and the Ebola virus epidemic, the government of Sierra Leone has placed a group of 14 non-functioning locomotives and carriages at the front of its strategy to become a middle-income country by 2035.
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Union Pacific 844 steam locomotive to tour Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa

The last steam locomotive built for the Union Pacific freight railroad is to go on a 21-day roundtrip of Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. The historic train – built in 1944 – will begin its trip in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 11. After taking in a number of destinations in Nebraska and Iowa it will arrive in Omaha, Nebraska, where it will […]
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HS2 submits proposal to develop Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

The historic Old Curzon Street station in Birmingham could be brought back to life. HS2 – with the help of Atkins – has submitted a proposal to Birmingham City Council to make alterations to the Grade 1-listed building. Currently vacant, the council-owned building is known as the world’s oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture and is […]
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Four generations of trains travel side by side on ECML in world first

Railway enthusiasts enjoyed a historical first over the weekend as four generations of trains travelled side by side on the East Coast main line. The Flying Scotsman was joined by Virgin’s new Azuma Class 800, an HST Intercity 125 and an Intercity 225 in making the journey from Tollerton, North Yorkshire, to York station on April 23. Although […]
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Steam locomotive Tornado reaches 100mph during test run

Peppercorn class A1 steam train Tornado has reached 100mph during a test run on the East Coast Main Line. The locomotive was undertaking tests between Doncaster and Newcastle in view of raising its permitted maximum speed. It is currently limited to 75mph but the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, a registered charity that operates the train, wants to […]
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Murder on the metals

There’s something about the railway that seems to stir the imagination of crime writers. Within these circles, the Victorian corridor coaches are held in the same esteem as a creepy country estate or a grand art deco hotel. Real-life crime on the railway has demonstrated the same ability to draw the public’s interest. The very […]

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The heroes of Britain’s railways in the Great War

The Great War cost Britain’s railways dear. In four years they went from being robust businesses that stood firmly on their own feet to ones that were near bankrupt, with their assets worn out by over-use for military traffic, and faced with massive new forms of competition. The rapidly developed motor vehicles that the armed […]

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Crossrail archaeology

The building of the Elizabeth line, the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, has revealed a wealth of archaeological treasures. Artefacts from earlier times have excited archaeologists and are considered well worth a major exhibition which will be staged at the Museum of London Docklands near Canary Wharf from the 10 February to 3 September 2017. […]
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Come hell or high water

It symbolised the coming of the electric age: ‘new’ Euston – a monument to the 1960s. Out went the station’s Doric propylaeum and glorious Great Hall, products of Philip Hardwick and his son; in came bleak concrete and what a critic called “tawdry glamour”, brought to us by British Rail’s anonymous architects. Thanks for that. […]
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Video: National Records Centre

ThumbnailOne of York’s most anonymous buildings houses the railway’s engineering memory – an archive of around nine million records dating back to the 17th century, but still expanding to take in documents from the 13,000 or so live projects currently being pushed forward by Network Rail. All the great engineers are represented – Stephenson (both […]
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Building the P2

Frame assembly 2007 underside 28-1-16sSteam locomotives are inefficient and costly to operate, hence British Railways replaced them with diesel and electric traction nearly fifty years ago. Today, however, steam-hauled specials are still very popular – and profitable. There is no denying the enthusiasm for steam trains on which people are willing to spend the time...
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