A proposal will be made to the 2022 AGM to make a further donation of £3000 from the footpath fund for two benches to be installed at the top of the western ramp at the recently opened Bennerley Viaduct. The western ramp is relatively steep to reach viaduct level and it is thought benches would […]
HRE Group press release regarding the infilling of legacy rail bridges
HRE Group press release regarding the infilling of legacy rail bridges
Railway Ramblers is supporting Mine2Minds in its lottery bid for the project
HRE Group press release regarding the infilling of Great Musgrave in Cumbria
Report by Walk Leader & Area Co-ordinator Bob Prigg on the walk from the colliery museum site along the old Leen Valley Extension, Great Northern route on what is now The Skegby Trail, a multi use path terminating at New Cross.
RR Chairman Mark Jones has lodged an objection to the infilling of the bridge at Musgrave.
Plans to link two Cumbrian heritage railways could be sunk unless objectors convince a local council to reject a planning application to make the infilling of a Victorian bridge permanent.
Postponed from October because of a severe weather warning, the walk went ahead on a perfect spring day. It may have made a bit of club history as the majority of participants – 4 out of 7 – were Wales residents, a first for any RR walk to the best of my knowledge. The route […]
The New Civil Engineer reported that ‘National Highways’ long-running battle with disgruntled campaigners in West Yorkshire has boiled over, with the police called in to investigate an alleged case of trespass.’ Photos taken by three ‘urban explorers’ of the ‘work’ carried out in the tunnel by NH engineers, were released by campaigners who are fighting […]
News arrived this month that the first rails have gone down on the five-mile Levenmouth Link, a branch which will connect Leven with the Fife Circle Line at Thornton North Junction. As well as the terminus at Leven, a station will be opened at Cameron Bridge, where the platforms and four tracks survive, though seriously […]
Is it time for some cautious optimism regarding the Restoring your Railway Fund (RRF) and whether it really can kick-start some serious rail reopenings? The recent Okehampton reopening shows that it can be done, albeit – in that case – involving the upgrade of an existing freight line. So, what next? The New Civil Engineer […]
Network Rail has said it will continue to work on the scheme to reopen the former Fawley branch line, but only as far as Hythe, where a new station would need to be built. The original plan was to open a park-and-ride station at Hardley, just outside Fawley Oil Refinery, but the cost of the […]
Elan Valley Railway. Powys (Radnorshire): The closure of the NCN 81 foot/cycle path through the Devil’s Gulch cutting because of rock falls is to be made permanent and a diversion constructed around the side.
The Upper Wensleydale railway trackbed being proposed for a footpath/cycleway/bridleway, as several attempts to reinstate the railway have failed
Tim Dunn and Toby Jones present the extraordinary untold story of the man who saved Britain’s railways by leaking official secrets and putting his life and liberty at risk.
HRE Group Press Release regarding a Sustrans report to the DfT
Latest updated after objections lodged to the planning application
This Sunday, a wet but wonderful World Monuments Watch Day was hosted by The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct to mark the end of the two year World Monuments Fund Watch cycle.
An open invitation from RR Area Coordinator Bob Prigg to join a long distance walk project kicking off on Mon 28 Feb 2022 on the Cross Britain Way from Boston in Lincs to Barmouth in Gwynedd.
The first of a series of Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walks takes place as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund funded ‘Steaming Back to Kirkby’ heritage project
The renovated Yarmouth Station on the Isle of Wight is now a popular café and bistro on the railway path from Thorley Bridge to Freshwater. 2015 (Brian Loughlin)
North Light Tramway on Lundy, a rocky outcrop which stands in the Bristol Channel about 10 miles north of the Devon coast. The island is about 3½ miles from north to south, and ½ mile across. Lundy’s northern lighthouse and a pair of rails from the tramway which we believe was used to transport building […]
Ballaugh goods shed on the Isle of Man was opened officially in 2014 after restoration as a heritage centre. The former railway ran across the front of the picture, from left to right. 2014 (Neil Hebborn) This is a typical overbridge on the route, and its diminutive proportions reflect the Isle of Man Railway’s 3 […]
La Belle France and the once extensive narrow gauge network which centred on Carhaix in Brittany. This bridge over the River Aulne, formerly used by narrow gauge trains, is now part of a multi-use trail based on the trackbed.. 2010 (John Fisher) Vias Verdes, Spain. Like all European countries, Spain has suffered its share of […]
Plans are in place for a Railway Ramblers trip for walks along part of ‘The Swilly’ in the scenic County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland over 5 days in September.
The ‘Cinderella’ of the three structures owned by the Northern Viaducts Trust (NVT), Smardale Gill Viaduct, on the ex-NER Barnard Castle & South Durham line between Tebay and Kirkby Stephen, is the intended recipient of funds raised by the 14 Peaks for 14 Arches Challenge. This is asking people to walk 90 miles in 14 […]
HRE Group Press Release regarding a stone arch bridge in Cumbria
HRE Group Press Release on steel fencing around an historic railway bridge fencing blocking a wildlife corridor
The Pegasus Way is a 15-mile route between Meldon and Cookworthy, much of which uses the former railway line from Meldon Junction to Bude (via Halwill Junction). It will eventually link the Granite Way (Okehampton – Lydford) with the Ruby Way (Hatherleigh – Bude). The rail-related sections run from East Bowerland, near Meldon, to Venn […]
These pictures below show Gem viaduct in Dartmoor under construction. It was opened officially in 2012. This was the scene at the site of the new Gem Bridge in January 2011. The slope down from the trackbed (constructed by DCC) can be clearly seen, as can the temporary, low level bridge over the River Walkham. […]
No-one can access Nottingham’s Thurland Street tunnel any more! BBC now also carrying story
The city of Nottingham lost its famous Victoria station in 1967 – and a significant amount of railway heritage has been obliterated from the city since then. However, Thurland Street Tunnel, which brought the Great Central Railway into the station, remains intact. A local history group, Nottingham’s Railways Remembered, arranged three visits to the tunnel […]
As widely reported
The campaigners for Barcombe bridge have set up a petition calling on the Government to commission independent ecological studies of the dismantled railways spanned by infill-threatened HRE bridges
The Somerset & Dorset Railway between Shillingtone and Stourpaine & Durweston. In October 2010, the long-demolished Hodmoor bridge over the River Stour north west of Stourpaine was finally replaced – at a cost in excess of £300,000 – thus enabling the North Dorset Trailway to link Sturminster Newton with Stourpaine Walkers, cyclists and horse riders gather […]
Gedney Station photographed in 2009, was situated on the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway’s line from Little Bytham to Melton Constable, where branches fanned out to Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Norwich City (Alan Simpson) Louth station as it appeared in 1989. Fortunately, this building (the finest on the line) was Grade II listed, but […]
Thornton Viaduct near Keighley in west Yorkshire, situated on the former line from Keighley to Queensbury. (Graeme Bickerdike) Thurgoland Tunnel on the former Great Central line from Penistone to Wortley Junction – now part of NCN6, the Trans Pennine Trail (Richard Lewis) The western end of Earlsheaton Tunnel (Peter Martin) The eastern portal of Earlsheaton […]
Walk along Harborne Branch now referred to as the Harborne Walkway and BCN
Campaigners have welcomed National Highways’ commitment to reprieve a historic railway bridge in East Sussex following robust opposition from the community and local council.
Lambley Viaduct viewed from the south, i.e. heading from Alston to Haltwhistle. Described as ‘one of the most impressive railway viaducts anywhere on the Tyne’, this huge Victorian engineering feat consists of 13 spans rising to 100 ft. It was built in 1852 and restored in 1996 by the North Pennines Heritage Trust (NPHT), which […]
Bennerley Viaduct at Awsworth (near Nottingham), which carried the Great Northern Railway’s line from Awsworth to Ilkeston over both the Erewash Valley, and the Midland Railway’s Erewash Valley line. The viaduct is to open again in Spring 2022 carrying a cycle pathway (Bob Prigg) A view of the main station buildings at Alton Towers from […]
This Cahirsiveen Viaduct in the Republic of Ireland. This viaduct is situated in County Kerry and used to carry a branch of the Great Southern & Western Railway from Tralee to Valentia Harbour. September 2005. (Bob Prigg) Placeholder
A lovely study of the north viaduct at Wickham Bishops, Essex looking upstream. It’s a miracle that these viaducts survived at all. The line closed in September 1964, and these timber structures then spent 31 years without any maintenance whatsoever. September 2005. (Brian Eley) The Hayling Island branch looking north from the embankment that led […]
The Spey Viaduct, Moray, now part of the National Cycle Network. The fixings for the railway telegraph wires can be seen either side of the main span (Bob Prigg) The main line through Killin Junction ran from Callander to Crianlarich. The 12 arch Glen Ogle Viaduct now carries a high quality cycle trail. May 2006. […]
Slade Tunnel on the LSWR branch line from Barnstaple Junction to Ilfracombe (Jane Ellis) The West Somerset Mineral Railway linked various iron ore mines on the Brendon Hills with the port of Watchet on the Bristol Channel. The trackbed includes this dramatic cutting between the foot of Comberow Incline and Roadwater. The trackbed here is […]
Members of our Yorkshire Group enjoying a walk along the abandoned trackbed of the Ffestiniog Railway (Jane Ellis) Penmaenmawr (literally ‘Great Stone Head’) on the north Wales coast is littered with tramways and inclines associated with the area’s former quarrying industry. In places, the infrastructure has simply been abandoned and left to rust, as can […]
Members of our Yorkshire area enjoying a walk along the abandoned trackbed of the Ffestiniog Railway near Ddualt. This section of the line was abandoned when the railway’s original route into Bleanau Ffestiniog was submerged beneath Tanygrisiau Reservoir. (Jane Ellis) Yorkshire branch members on the ‘Leeds New Line’ walk on 22nd September 1996. The location […]