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Railway heritage at risk from Highways England’s “wrecking ball”

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England under plans described by one campaigner as “finishing off what Dr Beeching started”.The government-owned company is responsible for managing the Department for Transport’s...

Island Line says goodbye to its much-loved trains

The Island Line, the Isle of Wight’s railway, has been operated since 1989 by refurbished former London Underground trains, built originally in 1938.However, they have now operated their last service. The final Class 483 train rolled out of Ryde...

Heritage station bench restored

The heritage of a Grade II listed bench at Scarborough railway station has been protected by a Network Rail project that will make sure that it can be enjoyed by passengers for years to come.Reported to be the longest...

Northampton university wins award for its railway heritage

The University of Northampton has won a coveted heritage award for keeping one foot firmly in the past.Opened in 2018, the £330 million Waterside campus foregoes traditional lecture theatres for interactive spaces that are geared up for a blend...

Lubricants firm supports world’s first preserved railway

The world’s first preserved railway is one of 50 heritage and steam railways across the UK that is receiving support from a leading independent lubricants company.The seven-mile Talyllyn Railway, which has been running for 155 years from Tywyn on...

Stephenson statue goes into store

A 150-year-old bronze statue of railway pioneer Robert Stephenson has been removed and put into safe storage while Euston station undergoes its major HS2 redevelopment.The Grade-II listed monument to Robert, the son of ‘father of the railways’ George Stephenson,...

Vale of Rheidol Railway completes new carriage store

The Vale of Rheidol (VoR) Railway has finished construction of its new Museum collection and heritage rolling stock protection shed at its Aberystwyth terminus.The £531,000 structure can accommodate the equivalent of 36 VoR bogie carriages on its three roads...

Severn Valley Railway to receive Culture Recovery Fund grant

News that the Severn Valley Railway will receive £906,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund to help it through the next six months came as the SVR welcomed Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Nigel Huddlestone MP.He visited the heritage...

Historic rail bridge improved near Darlington

Teams from Network Rail have carried out improvement work on Skerne Bridge in Darlington, the oldest railway bridge in the world in continuous use, before its 195th anniversary this weekend.They have removed plants and weeds which were growing out...

Preston’s railway station gets impressive new glazing

A £600,000 restoration project on Preston station’s glazed frontage has seen the North side of the 140-year-old station transformed with new glazing and a specially designed window frame system.The wooden frames on the listed building were last upgraded in...

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Tractor driver dumps slurry onto railway

A tractor driver has been filmed dumping a tank full of slurry onto the West Coast main line in...