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Dartmoor Line rail services will be restored for first time in half a century

First ‘Restoring Your Railway’ scheme delivered, with rail passengers to benefit from return of daily services between Okehampton and Exeter later this yearScheme will reconnect communities across Devon, reinvigorating local economies, boosting tourism to Dartmoor National Park and improving...

Clocking up £8,000 towards station’s heritage timepiece

Rail passengers at Great Malvern station are set to be right on time as renovations to a Victorian clock are now complete. The ornate 161-year-old timepiece is working properly for the first time in three years after Network Rail organised...

History of Ledbury to be celebrated at station following West Midlands Railway grant

Visitors arriving at Ledbury station will soon be able to learn more about the town’s history thanks to a community grant from West Midlands Railway and the vision of local residents. A new project will see glazed information display cabinets...

Historic Grade II Listed TfL Rail station no longer “at risk” after renovations return it to former glory

TfL working with the Railway Heritage Trust have brought Hanwell station up to modern standardsStation improvements include new lifts and refurbished platform canopies, waiting rooms and a new accessible toiletCustomers now benefit from step-free access from street to platformLondon...

Cardiff bridge avoids £40m demolition thanks to electric resistant paint

In a world first, electric resistant paint combined with voltage-controlled clearance (VCC) has helped make a Victorian railway bridge usable by new electric trains, avoiding weeks of passenger disruption and train delays in the process. Just over a year ago,...

Project to build third new steam locomotive builds up steam

Drawings being scanned for new Gresley class V4 on 80th anniversary of unveiling of prototype The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT), the registered charity behind famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado and Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales,...

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...

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Passengers encouraged to travel safely as covid restrictions eased

With many shops and businesses open again and schools set to return after the Easter break, Transport for Greater...