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21 October: news in brief

First Azumas run from LincolnMOST trains from Lincoln run by LNER will be worked by Hitachi-built Azumas from today, and the inaugural Azuma service leaves Lincoln at 11.18. Services between Lincoln and London also being boosted at the same time from one through train a day to five, with six

Guest locos and coaches at Richmond Light Railway

THE Richmond Light Railway’s (RLR) Charity Summer Steam Fair on August 17 featured two visiting locomotives: Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway’s O&K 0-4-0WT Eigiau and new-build replica Lewin 0-4-0T Samson, from Beamish. Accompanying Samson were two coaches newly completed at Beamish. Rebuilt 0-4-0VBT Leary working top-and-tail

Zillertal makes its UK debut at W&LLR gala

‘U’ CLASS 0-6-2T No. 2 Zillertal, from Austria’s Zillertalbahn line, made its debut in Mid-Wales as the star of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s (WLLR) August 30-September 1 steam gala. With Austrian flags fluttering and steam to spare Zillertal pulls away from Welshpool Raven Square in front of an admiring

Waleswood joins Chasewater line fleet

HUDSWELL, Clarke 0-4-0ST Waleswood (750/1906) has joined the Chasewater Railway’s operating fleet on long-term loan after more than 30 years out of action. The former Waleswood Colliery locomotive transferred from its restoration base at the Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust to Chasewater on September 1, having spent the last three

18 October: news in brief

London transport commissioner announces departureLONDON’S transport commissioner Mike Brown has announced that he will be leaving Transport for London when the Mayor’s current term of office ends in May next year. Mr Brown, who has been been commissioner since July 2015, is to become the chair of the Delivery Authority

Lambton No. 29 ready for North Yorks Moors gala

EX-Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Kitson 0-6-2T No. 29 (4263/1904) was undergoing final painting at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Grosmont works in mid-September prior to its appearance at the railway’s Autumn Steam Gala.  The latest version of the LH&JC livery is more historically accurate than the loco’s previous guise, with

Merseyrail strikes called off after new agreement

A SERIES of strikes on Merseyrail has been suspended by the RMT, after what the union described as a ‘breakthrough’ offer from management.The union said ‘the company tabled an offer that guarantees both a guard on the train and the safety-critical role of that guard in the despatch process’. The dispute

17 October: news in brief

Climate protestors pulled from tube train roof by angry commutersANGRY rush hour passengers have pulled Extinction Rebellion protestors from the roof of a London Underground Jubilee Line train this morning. The protestors had climbed on to the roof of the train at Canning Town, where the line is at surface