Jul 2020 – Fawley, Hampshire

Last month a ‘fact-finding’ passenger train traversed the Fawley branch – also known as the Waterside line – carrying, among others, Network Rail Chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, and Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, as plans for a large new residential development at Fawley have revived hopes of restoring the rail link. The line could also give […]

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Apr 2020 – Yesterday TV Channel

With such far-reaching restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic, readers may be interested in a series entitled ‘The Architecture the Railways Built’, starting on ‘Yesterday’ at 8:00 pm on Tuesday 28th April. Although this may be a repeat from another channel, it provides something of railway historical interest at this time of […]

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Apr 2020 – Nationwide

Despite the good news reported in the story below, most railway path developments are currently on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, including two big projects being managed by Railway Paths Ltd – the restoration of Bennerley Viaduct as an aerial walkway and visitor attraction, and the basic restoration of the GCR’s gothic-styled Levenshulme South […]

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April 2020. Birmingham, West Midlands

Archaeologists working at the site of the proposed HS2 Curzon Street Station in Birmingham have unearthed what is thought to be the world’s oldest roundhouse. Curzon Street was once the northern terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway, which opened throughout in 1838. According to Industrial Archaeology, the roundhouse was built ‘to a design by […]

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Mar 2020 – Nationwide

On BBC Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’ programme on Thursday 5th March, a representative of the Open Spaces Society was interviewed about that organisation’s response to proposals by the Home Office, which would make trespass a criminal as opposed to civil offence (click here for further details). While the proposals are designed to protect communities from the nuisance […]

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Jan 2020 – Southern Area members

Southern Area members have been asking our correspondent about the fate of the plaque commemorating the Surrey Iron Railway on the wall of the former Young’s brewery in Wandsworth. This extract from an article in the August/September edition of ‘London Drinker’ magazine (published by Camra) provides the answer: ‘The new Sambrook’s Brewery in Wandsworth will […]

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News 2019

Above: A typical Great Central Railway girder bridge carries the old GCR main line over the Midland Railway just south of Beighton Junction in South Yorkshire (east of Sheffield). This bridge has been sealed off, which is not surprising given that it has no deck, and an operational freight line passes below; the photograph was […]

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News 2018

Above: This sylvan scene depicts the crossing of two railways near Port Penrhyn, Bangor: one remains in use while the other is now a multi-use trail. The viaduct carries the LNWR’s still operational Chester-Holyhead line, while the trackbed below – once part of the Penrhyn Railway – now serves walkers, cyclists, etc. The Penrhyn Railway […]

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News 2017

Above: One of the many abandoned engine houses on the east side of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, with the trackbed of the Liskeard & Caradon Railway clearly visible in the foreground. This part of the moor a treasure trove for railway ramblers and industrial archaeologists: the engine houses run into double figures, and a high proportion […]

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News 2013

Above: A steam-hauled passenger working in Sichuan Province, China. We realise that this photograph is not representative of a railway walk, but thought that members might enjoy seeing anywhere in the spring as we in the UK slosh through a winter that Neptune would be proud to call his own. The photographer supplied these comments […]

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News 2012

Above: The crossing keeper’s cottage at Leasey Bridge Level Crossing on the former GNR line from Hatfield to Dunstable via Welwyn Garden City, Wheathampstead, Harpenden and Luton. The level crossing is situated between Wheathampstead and Harpenden, and marks the point where a new section of rail trail regains the trackbed, which has been used for […]

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News 2011

Above: On 16th October 2010, members of the club’s Southern Area walked along part of the former Test Valley line between Stockbridge and Mottisfont, taking lunch at the John of Gaunt Inn (formerly The Railway Inn) at the intermediate village of Horsebridge. While there, members were lucky enough to see this fine Marshall traction engine […]

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News 2010

Above: The neat little station at Fort Brockhurst on the former LSWR branch from Fareham to Gosport was up for sale in June 2009, which explains why the ground floor windows had all been boarded up. Until the final freight-only years under BR, the branch was double track throughout; this is the up platform, with […]

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News 2009

Above: A small viaduct on the LNWR’s former Heads of the Valley line crosses a gully in the Clydach Gorge, seen here in October 2008. The terrain that the railway builders were up against here could hardly have been more demanding. Between Llanfoist, just west of Abergavenny, and Brynmawr, this old line now forms part […]

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News 2008

Above: This beautiful photograph by Graham Rains makes it obvious why railway enthusiasts, holidaymakers and casual passengers alike fell in love with the scenery beyond the carriage window when they travelled on the former Somerset & Dorset Railway. This view is taken from near Gains Cross, south of Shillingstone, and shows a permissive section of […]

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News 2007

Above: That’s the way to do it! Just over two years ago, this site at Peasmarsh, Surrey, was a tangled mass of vegetation with empty brick abutments standing either side of the River Wey where once a railway bridge had carried the former branch line from Christ’s Hospital on towards Guildford. Just look at the […]

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