Archive for category: Heritage

Historic locomotive built for the liberation of Europe to return to the Netherlands

A unique locomotive that helped to transport troops, munition and other essential cargo in support of the liberation of Europe is to return to its spiritual home in the Netherlands.
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Union Pacific unveils special locomotive in honour of armed forces

UP No. 1943, also known as 'The Spirit', was created in collaboration with military veterans who work for the company and in respect of the number of ex-Forces personnel that have or currently work for UP.
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15 striking pictures of railways in Africa

Between the gorgeous backdrops of the African plains and deserts and the continent's socio-economic challenges, Africa's railways make for some striking pictures.
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SNCF sells off 50% of Orient Express

A new partnership has been struck to manage the famous Orient Express brand.
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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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