News 2023

October 2023. Great Musgrave, Westmorland. Surprise, surprise. The now-notorious bridge at Great Musgrave in Westmorland which was infilled by National Highways amidst claims it was weak, is set to re-open without a weight restriction or any form of strengthening being needed. The masonry arch structure at Great Musgrave, engineered by Sir Thomas Bouch in the […]

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News 2022

December 2022. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The humble, yet vital, siding hit the Huddersfield headlines when engineers working on the Transpennine Route Upgrade unearthed a set at Hillhouse, near Alder Street. The sidings are thought to date from 1850, while the wider site also encompassed train sheds and two turntables. It was used to store trains […]

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Nov 2022 – Lias Line Greenway: Leamington Spa – Rugby (plus a section of the Weedon – Leamington line)

As reported in RR 175, the Sustrans cycle and footpath opened earlier this year, but only used three short sections of disused railway: the Offchurch section at the southern end, a little piece of trackbed near Long Itchington, and a section between Birdingbury and Draycote. On the outskirts of Rugby, a non-Sustrans path called the […]

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News 2021

Dec 2021 – Co. Donegal, Republic of Ireland. The main railway walking available in County Donegal is on the former Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway, which operated 99 miles of narrow gauge line from Londonderry to Tooban Junction, where separate branches led off to Carndonagh and Burtonport.  A Google search for  ‘Dismantled railway Letterkenny to […]

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March 2022 – ‘Urban explorers’ open Queensbury can of worms

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 […]

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