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ROSCO Rip-off!

At least one good thing (and probably only one) has come out of the government’s look at the costs of our railway system.   There are, we are told, £3.5 billion of ‘inefficiencies’ and out from under the stone has crawled the scandal of the ROSCOs, the Rolling Stock companies who actually own all our railway […]

5043 – a fabulous performer but why?

I can’t begin to say what a marvellous engine 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe is. It continues to tear up the record books as far as performances go, on Shap, in Scotland and on its home patch. Indeed, pretty much everywhere it goes, it flies the flag for the very best of what GWR locomotive […]

Two good news stories from the GWR network

It is easy to get gloomy and grumpy-old-man-ish about how the GWR heritage is being slowly lost as the network is modernised so it is nice to be able to comment on 2 stories that show that same heritage being recreated. Firstly, Hagley station footbridge in the West Midlands has been refurbished at a cost […]

Brunel’s Heritage at risk – tell English Heritage what you think… but fast

It is very good news to be able to have the opportunity to comment on the potential loss of GWR heritage as a result of the GWR mainline electrification.    English Heritage have announced a consultation period whereby they welcome comments on a number of structures likedly to be adversely affected by the electrification process.  […]

Network Rail GWR News Update

The big project on the GWR at the moment about to start is the resignalling project which will be a 4-year programme costing £350 million.  It will renew a signalling system that was last upgraded in the 1960s and lay the basis for the new electrified railway. Much of the signalling system is now life […]

Steam is now cool – official!

It’s been a long time coming but this website is excited to announce conclusively that steam is now ‘cool’.  In fact real, live steam engines are the new ‘Playstation’.  Forget your smart phones and dull evenings spent gazing moronically at X-Factor, the coolest thing you can do these days is get yourself a ride on […]

ASLEF station to be demolished?

It is completely inevitable that the constant renewal of the modern railway system will result in the loss of the heritage of the old GWR.  Luckily we are in a recession and if there is anything guaranteed to stop the new sweeping away the old, it is a recession! Over the years, lack of funding […]

4115, 5227, 2861 – did they die so that others may live?

Last month I mused on the seemingly final fate of the above GWR locos that seem to have all but disappeared now that their parts have been taken for a variety of new-build projects such as the 47xx 2-8-0.  This month in Steam Railway magazine, my fellow GWR website colleague Peter Pascoe has joined the […]

GWR Heritage Railway News

The news headlines for March 2012 on the latest developments on our heritage railways in GWR territory are as follows. To go to the websites of those railways, click here. The Helston Railway is making great strides with its track laying and is now almost 75% of the way to Truthall Halt. They now have […]

March GWR Loco News

Its the time of year when steamable locos have had their winter maintenance and are ready to go for the new season.  You can look at the current condition of Swindon-built locos, both steam and diesel, GWR and BR built here and below we review some of the recent news: 5967 Bickmarsh Hall, one of […]


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