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Archive for March, 2013

New Hope for Portishead line?

Bristol residents frequently despair at the lack of progress towards any kind of coherent rail network for the city and surrounding areas. ¬†Indeed, Bristol’s new elected mayor is forever repeating the mantra that Bristol is a serious under-achiever among European cities. But Bristol seems to have its slow, rather chaotic way of making progress and […]

New line, new season, new engine!

Yesterday was my first day to experience the new extended 12 mile Glos Warks Railway from Cheltenham to Laverton and it was also the first day of the new season for my fireman training. So, I was feeling slightly nervous and daunted as I set off up the M5 at 05.00 after far too little […]

The Strain of the Train

I watched the BBC2 programme about the West Coast mainline in ‘The Railway’ series and found it all very stressful. I am lost in admiration for the staff of this hectic, nay, manic bit of line as they try to deal with people who know nothing about the problems involved in running a train service […]

Dean Goods restoration to steam – a chink of light?

Anyone who says that the NRM are unresponsive to enthusiast opinion should look at the National Preservation website discussion about whether Dean Goods 2516 should steam again! I don’t know if we have been instrumental in getting this idea to spread – I like to think so – but the topic has made the latest […]

The GWR Community wants ‘Truro’ back in steam!

A fortnight ago, the NRM announced that it was not intending to overhaul world-famous GWR 4-4-0 No 3440 City of Truro and we published its statement here. ¬†We wondered, though, whether our community agreed with this decision so we devised a short survey to test this. The outcome was that we received 76 responses to […]





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